Old comic books often act as a time capsule. They’re full of advertisements of products from long ago, and can tell us a lot about the culture of the time in which they were printed. Some of those products are still with us, while others are not. I often like to crack open the pages of a long forgotten comic book and just browse the advertisements found inside with which to take a trip back in time to another era. Let’s open one of those time capsules here today and see what we find….
This week’s time capsule is Superman #30 from DC Comics, that came out in 1989. The Superman titles have always one of my favorite books to read, but this is from the era just before I started to read his stories on a regular basis. I picked up in the summer of 1990, and read consistently up until about 1998. Let’s see what old advertising goodness is hidden behind this cover.
How appropriate this is to find an ad for Morning Funnies Cereal since I just did a post detailing my love for the cereal a short while ago. You can check out the full article here, but I’ll add to it and say that it was a great idea to spend advertising dollars on it to run in a comic book since the whole gimmick to the cereal is that the box is covered with comic strips. Makes perfect sense.
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It wouldn’t be a comic book from the late 80’s without some advertisements for video games, and Nintendo specifically. These look like some lesser known titles, but Taito was big in the arcade world with Space Invaders and Super Chase H.Q. being two of their bigger titles. I think Bubble Bobble was a moderate success on the Nintendo, but the other three games I have no recollection of.