3/20/12

Ads #46: Comic Book Ads

I remember Hugo well - in fact, he still haunts me with his cold dead eyes.  This ad brings back a lot of great memories..... but more than that, it makes me wonder WTF my problem was.  How could I enjoy this creepy homunculus as it were the greatest toy ever created?

Hugo always looked like he might, at any second, come to life and coldly glide towards you with intent to kill. God knows how he'd do it - maybe he'd rig a shiv by attaching a sharp piece from a Spirograph to a Lincoln Log or something.  And yet, me and a generation of boys my age loved this adorable toy freak.  Of course, things were different then and we were much easier to please.

So, let's have a look at some other ads from comics that will, hopefully, spark some memories. Enjoy.



"Jewelry worn by Jack Nicholson!"

19 comments:

  1. Oh god these are so great!!

    The Easy Bake Oven!!!! I never had one and wanted one sooooo bad!

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  2. Derry Daring looks like the Evel Knievel set with a pink outfit and long hair. I love the fact that her reporter outfit includes her crash helmet. I guess that's one way to protect yourself from Sean Penn.

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    1. I'm still influenced b y that Venus flytrap ad- I went to buy a range of carnivorous plants last year, not knowing exactly why, except that it had something to do with my past...

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    2. My wife loved Derry Daring as a girl... of course, her name was Penelope Pitstop and she was a terrible Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Was there a bad guy doll with Paul Lynde's voice?

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    3. Yes, the Hooded Claw, probably the best thing about THE PERILS OF PENELOPE PITSTOP, and the only reason to watch it today...

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  3. Would love to see more Hit Parader, Creem, or Circus.

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  4. I'm surprised there's no ad from the Johnson Smith, Co.

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  5. WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..

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  6. Dusty, America's Most beautiful Doll, looks rather touched.

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  7. I used to have the Hugo puppet too! I put on a lot of crazy stuff on him. Even tried shaving his beard with a real razor and shaving cream! Ha! I never had the Steve Austin doll,however,I did used to own the Bigfoot action figure that the great Andre the Giant portrayed on the Six Million Dollar Man T.V. Series. The closest I came to a bionic man was a G.I.Joe figure that looked more like a cyborg. Another Hasbro figure I had was Bulletman,he was more like a superhero. The Daring doll was Ideal's female version of Big Jim,Ideal's own version of G.I.Joe or Mego's Action Jackson. Budd

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    1. The band Ookla the Mock has a great song that feature Hugo.
      Here is a weird video of it. It does contain and actual Hugo puppet.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6enYL2Gby0

      Ookla has many great songs about being a kid in the 70's

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  8. I have a Big Jim on my shelf right now. I use to the have bionic man withe back pack that was a radio.

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  9. Note the Kenner ads have the Big G for Goodness...actually, for General Mills, who owned them at the time. Since then, Mattel or Hasbro acquired most of the toy companies we grew up with, or at least the rights for certain products when their original firms went out of business (Kenner now belongs to Hasbro).


    Paul Duca

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  10. You can practically smell that distinctive "comics scent" (the heady mix of aging newsprint, plastic protector bags, and flea market funk) wafting off this post. Such fond, fond memories.

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  11. OMG, I had one of those Maskatron (6 million dollar man) action figures. Completely forgot about that. That thing was super creepy but cool. Wow. That little memory had to swim through an ocean of beer and smoke resin.

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  12. Remember the ads for "Sea Monkeys" that would frequently appear in comic books and elsewhere? Never once could I get those things to come to life or re-animate or whatever they did. I have met people who swore theirs came to life, but I'm not sure I believe them.

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  13. Hugo was created by Alan Ormsby, writer of CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS and MY BODYGUARD.

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  14. Hugo was created by Alan Ormsby, writer of CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS and MY BODYGUARD.

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  15. Heh, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things. What a far out movie. I saw it on TV when I was maybe 13, probably on KCRG's Creature Feature. Kinda freaked me out. Got the DVD a few years ago and wasn't quite as freaked out, but still enjoyed it.

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