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I Saw It Advertised One Day – Neal Adams Wants Kids to Read Comics…Well, His Comics, At Least

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I Saw It Advertised One Day – Neal Adams Wants Kids to Read Comics…Well, His Comics, At Least

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at advertisements in comic books over the decades that amused me for whatever reason. In each installment, we’ll take a look at three ads!
Here is an archive of all installments of this feature.

Today we look at Neal Adams trying to get parents to buy their kids Continuity Comics, a Tummy Slim product and a smoking ventriloquist’s dummy!
Enjoy!

First up, The Crazed Spruce suggested this ad by Neal Adams’ Continuity Comics (the hero in the ad is Adams’ creation, Megalith)…

The neat website Gone and Forgotten made some amusing points about how the subject matter in Continuity Comics wasn’t really what you would necessarily want a kid reading…

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Next up, reader Kirk T. suggested this ad from a 1961 issue of Marvel’s Linda Carter, Student Nurse…

The interesting thing is that even if Marvel Comics had a large female readership at the time (and they likely did), would this product really be for them? Seems to skew a bit old, no?
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Finally, I love this ad from 1950’s Straight Arrow #27, where it is not just a dummy, but a SMOKING dummy…

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That’s all for this installment! If you can think of some goofy comic book ads you’d like to see me feature in the future, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do not make suggestions in the comment section, so that they can still be a surprise for future readers!

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