For the back cover of this faux-Golden Age comic, I cooked up this faux-Golden Age ad. This is a combination of digital collage and original art:
If you’re old enough to remember the American Seed Company ads, this will all mean more to you, of course.
Here are some of the real ads that inspired me (and from which I pilfered elements):
And then especially these Cloverine Salve ads, which featured little comic strips like the one I drew for mine (you can click on these to make them more readable):
Some showed how valuable the prizes could really be. You might even use them to stop a rampaging gorilla:
The ads could get pretty bizarre. This one has a strangely apocalyptic tone: the “FUNman” lets the kiddies know that the World is on Fire!
Here is a get-rich-quick scheme for the young folks, basically encouraging Jimmy to become a small-time crooked casino operator:
One of my favorites is this Charles Atlas-type pitch, with art by Captain Marvel artist, C.C. Beck, which suggests an unusual use for your new he-man body: advancing at work by punching out your fellow workers!