Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mixed Messages

In the early days of this blog I did a lot of newspaper comic strip ads. So many, in fact, that I don't always have a lot to add to those. But every once in a while I come across a new one and keep it apart. So here are a couple of news ads, that fit in with those I have shown earlier.
Wednesday Advertising Day.

I thought I had done this Tom Mix ad, but can't find it anywhere. The comic book series was quite succesful and is even mentioned in the Price Guide. My guess is these strips were taken from the same material.

If anythin, this mid fifties ad shows that the Terry and The Pirates brand was exploited regardless of who drew it or what characters were in it. While the series (and probably this ad) was drawn by George Wunder, the comic book advertised probbly reprinted a ten year old story by Milt Caniff.

These His Nibs ads for Nebisco went on for a couple of years. Although not Roland Coe's most exciting work (look for his Crosstown gags on my blog), it was very well executed and probably pretty succesful.

I had never seen this later serious Nabisco ad. My guess is that it is drawn by Elmer Wexler, a very capable artist who spoend the best years of his career doing unsigned (but probably well-paid) advertising work such as this..

These Postum ads by Lou Fine are among the best serious ones that were done in the early fifties. The only ones even better are the Sam Spade and Charlie Wild ads for Wildroot... also by Lou Fine.


tim557188 said...

more than happy to send scans (as requested in the profile panel). But haven't found an obvious way to drop you a line (I've already offered more than once).

Ger Apeldoorn said...

I am sorry if I haven't responded earlier. I have only just found out how to monitor all comments. The quickest way to contact me is to befriend me on facebook. If that is not possible, I can leave an email adress here, but preferable for the shortest possible period.

Smurfswacker said...

Those Terry giveaways reprinted the Dragon Lady/Mr Ize story from Caniff's last year on the strip. A nice set of replicas was published a few years ago.