Boys! Earn $1 To $6 A Week Sell Grit in Your Spare Time (Earn big prizes too) (Comic Ads #18)

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.

I'm sure if you're familiar with ads for Grit, you're probably more familiar with the ad to the right, but the one above is more colorful, and of course, it's a comic. So wow! $1 to $6 a week! If Jimmy works all year, and makes the maximum amount promised here, he'll earn a grand total of $312! Geez. That'd be scraping by for one week, these days. Also, at only seven cents profit a paper, that's 85 papers to get Jimmy $5.95, or 86 to get him $6.02 for the week. So there's actually no way to make six dollars even for the week, unless some Grit exec is pinching two cents a week from Jimmy's pay, and Jimmy's too stupid with how rich he is to notice. And let's face it- with that thirteen cents a paper that Grit is getting, giving them a whopping $11.18 per week ($11.05, if Jimmy slacks and doesn't sell that 86th paper), the Grit guy is probably pinching that two cents for himself. But Jimmy's probably riding that swell bike he won for selling Grit, or he's exhausted from having to find eighty-six people a week to sell a paper to, and doesn't actually care. This actually worked for his dad? The comic ad came from July, 1973. By October, 1979- the date of the more familiar ad in the inset, Grit was promising $5 to $10 a week! So what could his dad have been making? I'm smelling cover up! But at least we got this great ad out of it.

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Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Kids...so easy to trick `em...

Frankly, I think that ad is boring. Swell drawn, but boring.

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@kfhrfdu_89_76k: Oh, it is boring- it's an ad after all, coming from a time when advertisers worked hard to stay upbeat about the possibilities of their product, while staying neutral about anything that might offend the consumer. The art is great though- people look like people. :)

(Sorry about the bolding- CV glitch from having to repaste my post.)

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Alot of commercials and ads are boring as hell these days, too.

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You poor devils of the 70`s who had to put up with them...

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@kfhrfdu_89_76k: I was a kid- I didn't pay much attention to it then. It's hindsight that tells me most of it was pretty horrid. lol

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Posted by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: CV ate your comment. Funnily enough, it ate my previous one on this thread too.

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I noted that in my eaten comment. Irony...you fickle beast.

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