I recently purchased some comic book backing boards after neglecting my collection for way too long, which prompted a re-visit to a collection that’s been hiding in a cool, dry place for over 30 years. The majority of the collection is The Simpsons based, but other issues in my collection have been Australian comics, and others that I have obtained randomly over the years.
As I carefully opened the plastic sleeves to place the boards inside, I had a quick glimpse at a handful of issues, which brought back great memories. Though what prompted a larger smile on my face were the printed advertisements of the time. Some products promoted (if not all) don’t exist anymore – such as premium 0055 phone numbers. But it made me think: How much money did they make from kids in the ’90s?
Other advertisements promoted diaries, trading cards and other magazines that churned out of the same manufacturer (Hello, Trielle Komix) or had some type of loose connection with the publisher. So here is a handful of non-invasive advertisements that a) caught my eye; b) amusing to this 40+ year old brain of mine.
Please note: I’ve done my best to try and get the year printed correct, but some ads ran over a period of a few years. (There’s also our watermark on the images as these took an effort to obtain!)