Blasto Pies/ Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death (Comic Ads #32)

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.

This ad is brand spanking new- appearing this month on the back of Dark Horse Comics titles (at least the two I've seen so far- I'll update this as I check further). The ad is a parody of the Hostess Ads that ran from 1975-1982. Standing in for the DC, Marvel, Archie and Gold Key characters of those ads is 505 Games character Marlow Briggs. Standing in for the Hostess Twinkies, Cupcakes, and Fruit Pies of yore is Blasto Pies! A fictitious product, but the ad carries much the same amount of fun, even trying to yellow the edges like old newsprint. Fighting against King and his monster Ketznik, Briggs uses a Blasto Pie to distract the duo and claim the Crystal Scepter.

Of course, that's just the parody. What this ad is really selling is the latest 505 Games release, Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death. If you're like me, and you don't keep up with video games, then I'll save you the trouble of asking a search engine, and present you the Gamespot launch trailer. Enjoy.

Personally, I was a little disappointed...I didn't see the first Blasto Pie anywhere in that video.

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Posted by dngn4774

@cbishop: Why do you do these ads in lists instead of blogs?

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@dngn4774: Because it's a list and not a blog- I'm making lists of the issues I find these ads in. I'm just making use of the text/blog space that is given at the top of lists to show the ad and talk about it a little. Plus, technically, though these ads belong to comics history, they also belong to the advertisers who paid to have them put in the comics to begin with. If one of them were to decide that nah, they don't like free advertising, and wanted to pursue some kind of legal hassle, I can delete a list, whereas to delete a blog, I have to go through a moderator. Much easier this way. ;)

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Excellent. Though the other corner is blury.

Posted by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: Yeah, I saw that. A couple things I scanned today came out blurry. I think I need to clean the glass. Once I've done that, I'll probably re-scan this and fix it. :)

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Yay! Glorious!

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@kfhrfdu_89_76k said:

Excellent. Though the other corner is blury.

Fixed it with a new scan. :)

Edited by kfhrfdu_89_76k

A Christmas miracle!!!!

Did ya know that it`s short for Christs mass?

Posted by cbishop
Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

I reasoned, a few years ago, that Christ-part is of...Christ. Didn`t get the rest of it, though.