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August 8, 2015


FFF Results Post #426—Sales Time

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Describe Five Memorable, Specific Ads For Comics." This is how they responded.

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Sterg Botzakis

1. Those two Bill Sienkiewicz Power Man and Iron Fist ads where they spoke directly to the readers
2. "Buy This Book!" for the Roger Stern/Frank Miller Dr. Strange run that never happened
3. The one with the creepy eyeballs for the Shadow War of Hawkman
4. "The Hero Too Tough to Die!" Mr. Monster from Eclipse
5. The house ad for the 1986 Aquaman limited series

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Des Devlin

1. “Beware of Imitations!” (1954 ad for MAD Comics)
2. Bill Gaines dressed as Santa Claus, holding up two 1-dollar bills and a penny (the negligible amount you would save by getting a MAD Magazine subscription)
3. “Why Kill Yourself? Just because you missed the last issue?” (series of Paul Coker-drawn suicide attempts, which could have been avoided with a MAD subscription)
4. “We at E.C. proudly present our latest baby... a COMIC comic book!” (original house ad for MAD #1)
5. Series of ads for 25-cent Alfred E. Neuman portraits (e.g. “ONLY ONE LEFT! That’s right, since our last ad, only one of these things left our office.”)


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Tom Bondurant

1. "Just Imagine! The Mightiest Heroes Of Our Time Have Banded Together As The Justice League Of America..." (Justice League Of America #1)
2. The Ozymandias ad for Watchmen with him and Bubastis watching all the TV screens
3. A very Star Wars-ish ad for Micronauts (drawn by Michael Golden) with Baron Karza in the Darth Vader position
4. A Moore-era ad for Swamp Thing which spoils "The Anatomy Lesson" and ends with "Everyone's talking about it - make sure you are too!"
5. The early Kingdom Come ad with the eagle fighting the bat, which (not unreasonably) seemed to be yet another Superman vs. Batman fight

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Michael Dooley

1. "Teachers hate..." Air Pirates Funnies ad
2. "Scare you out of your pants" Crypt of Terror ad
3. "Hallowe'en handout" Humbug ad
4. "Tarzan with a Confederate flag" Mad ad
5. "Donald Trump(-ish guy) Wants You to Buy..." Hup ad

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Sean Kleefeld

1. The Thing sends Dr. Doom a vaguely threatening letter
2. The Acts of Vengeance ad where you just see a bunch of villains' feet around some shattered heroes' weapons
3. Taskmaster's business card (promoting Acts of Vengeance)
4. Kree Star Force identity badge (promoting Operation: Galactic Storm)
5. "Wow, I could've read V #8!"

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Evan Harrison Cass

1. Sienkiewicz Starriors
2. New Universe lightning
3. Melting Pot female asylum warrior
4. Bratpack garbage can
5. Alien Nation Spartans wine

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Oliver Ristau

1. American Flagg!
2. That house ad for Suicide Squad which read "Betrayal & Murder, Suicide Squad Style, Campaign 1984 (?)". I can't find anything about it.
3. Justice Inc.
4. Action Comics Weekly (series of ads)
5. Love Stories

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Buzz Dixon

1. Wally Wood's first Witzend ad
2. Richard Corben's first Neverwhere ads
3. "... it's a good day to be the Green Arrow" mini-series poster
4. Phil Foglio's Mucha style Girl Genius ad
5. Who Is Mr. X? (me, too; tho the ads were better than the series, alas...)

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Tim Hayes

1. Frank Miller ad for never-happened Dr Strange run.
2. Superman logo dripping blood for Death of Superman.
3. "You'd have to be crazy" Elektra: Assassin ad by Bill Sienkiewicz.
4. "Not if I can help it" Micronauts ad by Michael Golden.
5. DC photo ad for The Ray with the guy modelling the jacket.

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Andrew Mansell

1. Rorschach Watchmen ad
2. The Great One is coming. Look Sharp! Look up! Look out! The Boom Tube
3. Captain America stalked by Deathlock!
4. Plastic Man: He's not as strong as Superman... He's not as wet as Aquaman...
5. Master of Kung Fu 100... "after 100 issues, we must be doing something right"

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Who Is Mr. X?
2. The "Seven Seconds To Save The World" Thriller Ad
3. The Cerebus Standing On A Guy's Chest Bud Plant Ad
4. Dr. Doom Laughing At Crazy Ad
5. The Up Against A Wall Ad For Love & Rockets

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John Parkin

1. The Power Man yelling/Iron Fist whispering ads drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz
2. "If you're guilty, you're dead" Punisher ad where he blends into the black background
3. Suicide Squad wanted posters
4. Elektra: Assassin ad... "To fight the killer elite, you'd have to be crazy"
5. Dazzler + her super hero friends

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I'm old now so I can have complicated opinions about advertising

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