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I was reading through a few old comic books the other day, just for fun and relaxation at the end of a long hard day. Half the fun of reading old comic books is looking at the old advertisements through the pages. For instance, let me show you some from an issue of Spectacular Spider-Man published at the end of 1979. (I would have been 12 years old.)

This first one is on the inside of the front cover:
BULLGRIT 1979 Comic Book Ad
Oh man, do you remember air rifles? I remember I had a Daisy single cock rifle, and later my little brother got a Crosman pump rifle. One of my good friends back then got a pump air pistol — that thing was awesome. We’d pump that sucker as many times as our muscles could manage, and then we’d shoot a Sears catalog to see how many pages it would penetrate. Does anyone even sell air rifles anymore? I haven’t seen one in a store in ages.

These next two ads jumped out at me at the time I was reading the other night mainly because I had just worked out that evening:
BULLGRIT 1979 Comic Book Ad

BULLGRIT 1979 Comic Book Ad
I love these! The old days when women were too skinny because they didn’t eat right, and men could get an Atlas body in one week! What the hell were people eating bad in the 70s that caused them to be too skinny?

And lastly, t-shirt iron-ons:
BULLGRIT 1979 Comic Book Ad
Cheryl Ladd, Suzanne Somers, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders! Hubba hubba. Oh, and “Kiss Rock Group”. Iron-on transfers for a buck. For comparison, this comic book cost 40 cents.


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7 Responses to Comic Book Ads

  1. Orly says:

    1970s. When people were skinny and it was a problem.

  2. EdMayor says:

    Did the comic bo9ok have the xray vision glasses? Or sea monkeys? What number is that SpiderMan comic?

  3. brogrit says:

    there are still air rifles and pistols…all of them now are mocks of real guns., ARs, Glocks, Smith and Wesson….they are now call “Air Soft”. problem with them is they look real. i was in an airsoft shop a year or so back looking for a back pack(maxpedition) and on the glass in front it said…”please unload weapons before entering”, so i did.(respecting range rules) it was only when i entered the store that i realized they were talking about bb guns. these guys were serious too, tactical holsters and all…then it just became funny, here i am with my pistol on my belt and these guys acting like they are badass because they have a bb gun on their hip.

    these guns now will one get a kid killed. the only thing to distinguish them as fake is an orange tip…if one was to be pulled on me…he will have a very bad day….

    and im sure the gun haters will have a say in this…i am licensed by my state to carry my gun. which means my life was checked out by the state im in. and i carry for my protection and the possible protection of others. if you have a problem with this, please keep it to yourself, i dont have the time to explain why…when seconds count, the police are only minutes away….

  4. Samuel says:

    Which is more revealing about our culture? Comic book advertisements or the comic book stories themselves? Like comparing modern television shows to the commercials that air during them.


  5. Oh man, I got my first air rifle at age 12 and got in to all kinds of mischief with it. I had the crossman pump rifle, and I too remember pumping it until my arms hurt and then lining up GI Joes, glass bottles (back when 16oz sodas used to be in glass), and cans. Then came the compressed CO2 pistol that looked like a robocop gun. Needless to say, they were confiscated in short order. I think you can still get air rifles at sporting goods stores like Big 5, but who knows. Something tells me my daughter won’t be asking for these, but will instead harangue me for a pony. The air rifle would be so much easier…

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