Back once more to go back in time to look at ads from the past as seen in comic books, which to me is one of my favorite things about reading and re-reading the old ones, is the ads. So much of our childhood is in these ads. So let’s take a trip back, some 20, 30 years and see what we have in store this time.
1. Super Mario Bros. The Movie (1993)
The buildup to the Summer of ’93 was all about dinosaurs to me, both from Jurassic Park and this movie, which came out a few weeks earlier. Now, at first glance you wouldn’t think that Super Mario Bros had anything really to do with dinosaurs, Yoshi aside, and you would be absolutely right.
Unless you factor in this movie, which starred Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) and John Leguizamo (Spawn) as the titular bros and legendary actor Dennis Hopper as King Koopa. Now, the movie had very, I cannot stress how little to the video game the movie had in common with it, but nonetheless, as a 13 year old kid, I loved it.
I still kind of hold a space for this movie in my heart, though I haven’t seen it in years, which is probably for the best, but there it is, I liked the Super Mario Bros. movie. Here’s the trailer, in case you either hadn’t seen this movie or just blocked it out of your memory. (Sidenote, I forgot just how 90s this movie is)
2. Marvel Trading Cards Series 4 (1993)
Like most kids of the 80’s and early 90’s, I collected trading cards, from baseball to the cards that came out for every major movie. When comic book collecting became my thing as well I got into the cards as well. This particular year both myself, my brother and my best friend were all obsessed with trying to collect this whole set.
My favorite aspect of the cards was that each group of cards, when put together in an album showed each card as part of a bigger picture, much like how each individual character and story, when put together in the context of the Marvel Universe has a much bigger picture.
Eventually the whole set was completed after I bought a box of the cards, which back in the day if you bought a box of cards you’d most likely be able to complete your set, save for the more rarer hologram or foil variant cards in the bunch. Was one of the highlights of that summer for sure.
3. Bonker’s Candy (1985)
I remember these candies as being a staple of my kid candy eating routine in my childhood. The best way to describe the taste as I recall was like fruity gum, that you could swallow. I remember them a lot more from the ad campaign, which was basically summed up as giant fruit lands on top of people as an older southern lady tries to tell them that Bonkers isn’t gum.
4. Go-Bots Models (1985)
Go-Bots, in case you either forgot or just are too young to remember were the knock off Transformers toys of the 1980s, there’s really no other way to describe it. I was always more into Transformers, but I watched the show, and had one of the toys. I remember seeing these ads for Go-Bots models that you can build yourself and they also transformed, like you were making your own toy, which I thought was awesome, but I wasn’t super into models back then, always seemed like too much work to me.
5. Indiana Jones: The Role Playing Game
Like most kids of the 1980s, Indiana Jones was one of my heroes, had I known what table top gaming was back then I’d have loved to play this game, from the creators of Dungeons and Dragons, but alas I didn’t discover role playing games until middle school, and didn’t have anybody to actually play them with until high school, so I’ll never get to role play as an Indiana Jones type punching Nazis and such.
Knowing what I do know about RPG’s though, I can’t help but wonder what the class system was like in this game, not everybody can be Indy, somebody has to be the Short Round I’m sure. I’m sure it’d be a fun game and a definite different take on the genre, no orcs and gelatinous cube’s here, just nazi punching, ancient traps, and…snakes, why does it always have to be snakes?