Baby Alive (Comic Ads #39)

Comic Ads are more than just the mountain of Hostess Ads we know and love. Over the years, many a company has used one page comic ads to shill their products in the pages of comic books! So I thought I'd do a list series that showcases those ads, and shows you what issues I've found them in. To me, these are as much a part of comics history as any superhero, and I love 'em for the nostalgia they bring. I hope they do the same for you. Enjoy.

"Baby Alive," while lightyears ahead of "Baby Dead," still sounds like the title of a horror movie to me. I mean, take a minute and read the amazed friend's first four frames out loud, screaming the way she is. It doesn't sound like the start of a horror movie to you? Well, funnily enough, I found that pic at the right when I was searching for pics of Baby Alive to go with this list, after I had typed the bit about the horror movie. See the full page at Kindertrauma.

I don't get the disposable diapers either. There were parents out there who were willing to buy more diapers for this fake baby? Why wouldn't they just be washable, reusable diapers? Trying to make an extra buck, I guess. It's packaged kind of like hot dogs too- just three diapers, but nine packages of "doll food." Parents must have cursed Kenner over-and-over-again for that.

There have been so many stinkin' versions of this baby doll, it's ridiculous, and it's still around today. So here's ten pics so you can get an idea of all the different versions out there.

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Decades before Baby born.

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I would use paper towels folded over once into a triangle and taped into place because the very first thing to go would be those bloody 3-pack diapers, lol. After a while it would lose its appeal (outside of the peeing) and the eating function would be the first to break down, anyway.

I do have to say, I am a little concerned with the little girl's reaction to Baby Alive being "alive"....O_O A tiny bit traumatic.

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@lykopis: What I think is funny is the way the friend exclaims that she wants a Baby Alive too, and the girl kisses the doll. As if to say, "Thank you, Baby Alive- we amazed her and made her jealous. Score."

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It seems you (and the advertisment's writing team) have a fair grasp of the fairer sex. Even the mini versions of us.

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After mentioning his insomnia, an interviewer asked him what he thought caused it. He responded, "Mostly, not sleeping."

@lykopis: <in my best Groucho Marx voice> I would have to disagree. I haven't grasped the fairer sex in quite some time. <waggles eyebrows, bites down on cigar>

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