It’s Saturday…afternoon because I slept in today, and it’s time for another trip back to the past via ads from old comic books. So let’s go back in time some 20-30 years and have some fun!
1. Mega Man 5 (1992)
I loved playing the Mega Man series growing up, and still do to this day. I missed this entry though because by 1992 we had moved on to 16 bit gaming with the SNES and the Genesis full time, and the NES was a thing of the past in our eyes, and not in the retro way that everybody loves it now. So, that being said I don’t have too much to say about this game, but I’m sure it was likely a pain in the neck to play, as all these games were and are really super hard to beat.
2. DC Comics Power Chrome Legends ’95 Cards (1995)
I stopped collecting cards as much by this point, but this ad here pretty much epitomizes DC in the mid 90’s, trying out new things to stay relevant in the comic book and trading card game. Seen here by having an entire series of Chromium trading cards. It’s actually a good metaphor for the comic book scene in general at the time, taking things that were good when special, limited things like chromium things and holograms and just shoving them down our throats until they weren’t seen as special, valuable, or cool anymore by the end of it. I do like the homage to the Neal Adams Batman pose here, just shaded in his 90’s color scheme of black on grey. Mullet Superman I’m glad wasn’t a look that lasted long back then. And that appears to be a John Byrne Wonder Woman on the right completing the Trinity of DC Superheroes here.
3. Tron-The Home Video Game (1983)
The movie Tron was not a hit when it first hit theaters back in 1982, but it was a cult classic that a lot of people still liked, as it was an adventure into video games and computers which were super popular and nerds dug it. It was only a matter of time before they made home video games alongside the arcade games. Tron Deadly Discs was basically a port of the Discs of Tron arcade game, which was just the disc combat scene from the movie in video game form. This was basically a hybrid of Ultimate Frisbee and the arcade game Breakout! basically, but it was my favorite of the Tron games. The other game advertised here, The Adventures of Tron I’m not familiar with, but I imagine it was a simplified for 1983 gaming version of the movie. I still say that Tron: Legacy was a good sequel as well and in a perfect world we’d have had Tron 3 by now.
4. WWF Board and Video Games (1989)
In 1989 WWF was at it’s peak 80’s popularity that it would be during this era. Hulkamania was running wild and we loved it. So they put out the first WWF video game Wrestlemania, which I loved at the time as simple as it was, and WWF: The VCR Board Game, which I never played but always wanted to.
The Wrestlemania game was a very simple game, with a roster of 6 wrestlers of the time, the big names Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Andre The Giant, Bam Bam Bigelow, The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, and Honky Tonk Man.
I actually preferred Tecmo Wrestling to this game honestly, because you could do more, and here you could just punch, kick, and most of the wrestlers could do a top rope jump move, except for Andre and Bam Bam Bigelow, but that makes sense as they weren’t doing big men top rope splashes at the time. Still, it was the only WWF game we would have for a while, and we loved it.
5. G.I.Joe on Home Video (1985)
This ad stands out most to me with the line “At $39.95 every kid can afford a copy!” This is crazy to me until you remember that back in the 1980s, most VHS tapes were about $99 a pop for some reason, so all you could do is just rent movies back then, or tape them off HBO and Pay Per View as my family did, so comparitively $40 for a VHS tape with like three episodes of cartoon on there is a great deal.
I actually have a few of these VHS tapes that my brother got me for my birthday from a thrift store, and I love the packaging of them more than anything, they have a whole comic book feel to them, which made even the boxes fun.
Well that’s it for this week’s blast from the past, be sure to come back next week and subscribe to stay in the geeky loop.