I was always a sucker for an ad that read like a comic book. I may not have always bought the product, but I sure read every word. It was pretty effective advertising, considering I still remember most of them after all these years.
Anyone out there ever buy the product in the advertisement above? (click images to enlarge) Something tells me it didn't work as easily as it is shown in the ad. I can't help but wonder why, of all the types of statues, they chose to highlight the swimmer. I mean, how did they even guess it was a swimmer in the first place? It looks like a dude in his underwear. If my dad had caught me sculpting this thing, he would have thought I was gay. I'm just sayin'.
I don't think they'd allow this advertisement today because of the rigid guidelines on how cigarettes can be marketed. It cannot appeal to kids in any way (remember Joe Camel?). It's hard to believe Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble were once pitch men for cancer sticks.... it's true.
"Gotta get this tampon out of sight!" You can feel this poor girl's panic. I wonder if teenagers today would feel similar embarrassment. I'm guessing, in most cases, a gigantic pulsating dildo could fall on the floor, and the girl wouldn't bat an eye.
The "I was a 90 pound weakling" is easily the most famous cartoon/comic book style advertisement, but the D&D ads will always be closest to my retro-heart. There was a whole series of them, but the one pictured above was the most famous. It was on the back of seemingly every comic book in existence in the early eighties.
And I've saved the best for last...
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I remember this one from Famous Monsters of Filmland all too well.... probably due to my junior-high hormone ravaged mind getting a load of that hot chick in the bikini. If you're wondering who illustrated this, look no further than the thick booty - it's my main man, Frazetta (his signature in the last panel is also a clue).