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1989: Year of the Dork?

I'm still back in 1983 in my comic reading project, but i've got some Marvel Tales reprints that were published in 1989, and, my god. Ads from the 70s and 80s may have been goofy, but by the end of the 80s they just get embarrassing. Look at these kids. It doesn't even matter what they are advertising (but you can click on the images to see the full ads if you so desire). They just look stupid.

By fnord12 | September 17, 2010, 3:23 PM | Comics | Link

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Also, August isn't looking so good.

By fnord12 | September 16, 2010, 1:34 PM | Comics | Link

I like the idea of the Thing always announcing what time it is based on whatever he happens to be doing at the moment

By fnord12 | September 11, 2010, 3:14 PM | Comics | Link

Who is this guy?

1983 was just a little bit before my time. I started collecting Marvel comics with Secret Wars in 1984. But I picked up a decent smattering of back issues in drug stores and the like after I started, and I would occasionally see this ad. I knew the Kingpin always kept at least one super-powered henchman. At the time I started reading, it was The Answer, and i knew that prior to that it had been Bullseye, who i recognized in this ad, and i'd also read about someone called "Elektra". But i always assumed that the guy in the middle of this ad was also some super-powered baddie, presumably with super-strength. But now having read through just about everything up through 1983, i'm realizing that it's not a super-powered guy at all. Unless it's someone really obscure that only appeared in a one-off Bill Mantlo Spectacular Spider-Man issue or something.

Most likely, i've realized, it's the low level goon/informant Turk who is the butt of a lot of jokes in Frank Miller's Daredevil. Yeah, that's definitely who it is. It's obvious now. But i guess it just took me a while to realize that since little me always assumed he was a super-villain.

By fnord12 | September 11, 2010, 2:51 PM | Comics | Link

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