Thursday, November 8, 2012

Old Ads Gum

We've got yet another fun series of posts planned for this month. Don;'t expect this to impact either the Xmas reviews, or the regular ones. But today we kick off another look at some fun old candy ads!

Welcome to the advertising of yesteryear. Before we knew any better, when times were simpler and people thought giving kids all the candy they could eat was totally ok... So maybe that's a stretch, but candy advertising has certainly changed over the years. One thing that hasn't changed though, appeal to the kids and they will force their parents to buy it for them.

Lets start things out with a few ads for bubble gum :)

We all know Bubblicious is the Ultimate...well unless you're a Hubba Bubba fan, but this ad clearly states that this is a "taste that towers above the rest". I find it interesting that the Bubblicious skyscraper is Orange flavored, but then down below the package that's meant to sell you on it is original flavored. I'm not a huge gum person but I hardly ever bought straight 'bubble gum' flavored gum.

I'm thinking probably this building would be the Bubblicious headquarters if it existed... how I wish we lived in a world where buildings were made out of gum. The workers would of course have to eat their offices, carving something nice and functional. Sure it'd probably be pretty gross after a while...but you know the trick, just add a tiny bit of sugar and it'll all get its flavor back again.

Ok, now I'm going to try not to make \any inappropriate jokes about this ad. So we probably shouldn't mention the graphic explosion of juice from the gum.... Kids, that's what you should expect here though. Juice explosions in your mouth. How about the odd fact that this gum obviously is named after Punch & Judy, the abusive puppets you may have seen as a child. Remember when spousal violence was ok for kids??? I wish the mascot for Punch & Juicy was the characters Punch and Judy. That would be awesome. Instead we get a wobbly bubble, who is obviously way too happy about the situation. 

These are spme pretty awesome flavor names too, "Oozin' Fruit", "Burstin' Regular". But they seem to have lost their nerve with the new flavors "Very Cherry", and "Great Grape".. Come on guys... this gum is just begging for a "Poppin' Cherry"and "Gushin' Grape" .... maybe next time :)

These ads are from Marvel's Magik limited series issue #1, and  The Amazing Spider-Man limited Canadian PSA series #4 respectively. Look for another post on old ads next week right here on the blog!


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  3. When I got my first game console in 1979 -a way-cool Intellivision system by Mattel- the term "game engine" did not exist. Back then, video and arcade games were considered by most adults to be nothing more than toys, and the software that made them tick was highly specialized to both the game in question and the hardware on which it ran.

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