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Mr. Anthony’s Love Clinic

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Read the whole issue here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Apr 03, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Experts and Authority Figures, Sexuality, Sleaze and Sleazeballs, Comics, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #217


Maybe I tend to overthink things. But I confess I am baffled by the situation depicted in this ad.

1) Assume the girl in blue is a child, not an adult. Let's call her 8-10 years old.

2) The thing in her lap could be a doll.

a) But if it is a doll, its eyes are directed at the cookie, and it's reaching for it. It is not drawn to resemble an artificial thing. It is drawn as real as the girl.

3) The thing in her lap could be another living child.

a) But the only living child bearing that proportion to a ten-year-old would be, oh, what, a six-month-old baby? And what six-month-old baby ever looked like that?

Alternate explanation.

The girl in blue is an adult woman, the creature in her lap is a midget, and the whole thing is a fetish setup.

Please provide other theories, if possible!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 05, 2014 | Comments (14)
Category: Business, Advertising, Comics, Candy, 1940's

New Age Symphony Devoted to Scrooge McDuck

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Feb 28, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Music, New Age, Comics

Atomic Rabbit


Radiation makes everything better.

From this encyclopedia entry:

Atomic Rabbit was a lot like Atomic Mouse, but with a species change and a couple less supporting characters. He protected Rabbitville, rather than Mouseville, from the depredations of Sly Fox, rather than Count Gatto. Instead of an inept assistant, Sly had two kids.

He, too, got his super powers from doubly-forbidden fruit by today's standards — drugs and radiation. But while both their power-enhancers were as radioactive as can be, Mouse's was more blatantly a drug. He got his super powers from U-235 pills, whereas Rabbit's U-235 carrots could be passed off as good nutrition, like Atomictot's vitamins and Popeye's spinach. But while Popeye of the E.C. Segar comics ate lots of spinach for strength through nutrition, the animated Popeye treated it like a drug, getting a huge rush from it and sometimes, just for emphasis, sucking it in through his pipe. Good nutrition or not, Atomic Rabbit definitely fell into the category of drug-based superheroes.

Ten full issues here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 22, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Drugs, Comics, 1950's

Red Seal Comics


Look at the characters featured in this single issue, and ask yourself if this is not the best comic in the history of the universe.

Read the whole issue here.

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Hillbilly Comics





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Read them all here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 05, 2013 | Comments (9)
Category: Regionalism, Stereotypes and Cliches, Comics, 1950's

Toy Hand Grenade


"I'm deeply sorry, Mrs Jones, but the SWAT team had no way of knowing little Tommy wasn't holding a real grenade before they opened fire."

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Nov 25, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Death, Toys, Comics, 1950's, Weapons

TV Bank


Oh, the rage and tears and blossoming cynicism when this item finally arrived in the mail!

Original ad here. (Jump to page 28.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 03, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, Advertising, Comics, 1950's

Easy Hypnotism Course

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Hypnotism = tangible eyebeams? I never knew!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 22, 2013 | Comments (14)
Category: Scams, Cons, Rip-offs, and General Larceny, Comics, 1950's

No Way Superman is 75!

I'm old myself, but I can't imagine Superman at seventy-five years old. Here's a tribute to the Man of Steel!!

From the creative minds of Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series) and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year's Man of Steel...all in two minutes!

Here's the link to the annotated version with 75 notes to review!!

(I actually watched the piece again in another tab to see all of the annotated parts.)
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Wed Oct 16, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Comics
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