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 a handful of odd public service announcements from comics!
Reader Adrian T. suggested this PSA from the mid-1960s (DC had it appearing sporadically in comics since the late 1950s)…
Now obviously, the intention of this PSA is very well-meaning. It is different than, say, DC’s marketing survey from the late 1960s that I covered in an old Comic Book Legends Revealed where they checked if people were interested in reading comics about black people. Here, the point is “It is okay to dislike some things, like spiders or alligators, but you really shouldn’t hate a lot of things, like black people or Catholics or Jews.” It is a good message, but boy, what a weird way of expressing it!
Frazetta worked regularly in comic books in the 1940s into the 1950s before his excellent work on comic books got him work in the more lucrative (and more respected, at the time) field of comic STRIPS. He eventually returned to comic books for a stint in the 1960s that led directly to his career as a famous book and poster designer.
Anyhow, here are two comic book PSAs he did in 1952. It is possible that he only inked the religious one…
While they are a bit interesting in and of themselves, that they were drawn by FRANK FRAZETTA makes them all the more interesting!
Okay, that’s it for this edition of I Saw it Advertised One Day! If you have a suggestion for an ad for a future edition, drop me a line at email@example.com!