Let’s take a look back at some old comic book ads. Sadly, all the previous editions I had done were lost with the rest of all my old posts when the site crashed last year. So let’s pretend those old posts never existed and let’s start anew, shall we?
Old comic books and the ads found within are like mini time capsules. You can pick up some random old issue and see ads for things you haven’t thought about in years. And sometimes you’ll come across one that hits you right in the face like a nostalgic baseball bat. At least that’s how these ads were for me. Let’s take a look at them.
Superman Peanut Butter (1984)
Peanut butter is a staple in most American homes. You can find it cabinets, in lunch boxes, and in lunch pails all across this great country. It’s patriotic….right behind apple pie. And you know what else is patriotic? Superman by gosh! You slap Superman’s name and image on a jar of peanut butter, you have the ultimate weapon against communism.
At least that’s what a lot of us kids growing up in the ’80s in the rural area I lived in thought anyway. We’d spend a lot of our time at recess after lunch playing Superman vs The Russians on the school playground. No joke. We had our bellies full of Superman peanut butter and were battling the red menace to keep our playgrounds safe…just like in Red Dawn. It was serious business. I even started a super-secret spy club in school to help combat the threat that we were exposed to on the news every night. But I digress.
Anyway, I’m not sure Superman peanut butter tasted any better than Skippy, Peter Pan, or Jif. Actually, from what I’ve read online, Superman may have even been a cheaper variety than those others listed. No matter the cost, that brand of peanut butter…it’s glass jar, and Superman on the label is what I still identify as the epitome of peanut butter from my childhood.
As a sidebar, I can explicitly remember one distinct point of time when I was eating Superman peanut butter. It was January 28, 1986. We were out of school that day due to snow. I was sitting in the floor of our basement where I usually played, with a Superman peanut butter sandwich in front of me as I watched the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It was one of those moments where you always remember where you were and what you were doing….and I had Superman peanut butter to make me feel a little better as I watched those events unfold.
Skeleton Warriors Trading Cards (1995)
The card images in this ad just don’t do them justice. When you have them in your hand, these cards are gorgeous. But of course, every card I ever held that was produced by Fleer Ultra was top notch.
I never watched the Skeleton Warriors cartoon. I guess because it came along in the mid-’90s when I had other things on my mind. Like girls. I should have had my priorities straight. Unfortunately I also missed out on these cards back in the day, but I corrected that situation a few months ago and picked some up on eBay. You can watch me open some of them in this video I did.