Meet Dusty: America's Most Beautiful Doll! (Comic Ads #38)

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.

You can't really tell the "suntan" in the ad, but look to the right, and you can't miss it! And apparently, Lil Miss Thing here thinks that being America's Most Beautiful Doll gives her license to just parade around in the buff, getting an all-over tan. Sheesh.

Why Kenner thought that the world needed suntanned dolls, I'll never know. But here she is, playing tennis, volleyball, golf, and winning at awards night. I bet she can kick Barbie's plastic keister too.

This was obviously meant to remind girls of Barbie, but honestly, with all the sports themes, what it reminded me of was Super Jock- a toy this bears absolutely no resemblance to, as you can see at the left. But meh, that's how my mind works, I guess. Here's a bunch of pictures of Dusty that I plundered from the Internet, including another ad that I haven't run across in a comic yet. Enjoy:

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Posted by batkevin74

Here's what the Australian Cancer Council has to say about suntans http://www.darksideoftanning.com.au/myths/myths_one.aspx

Posted by cbishop

@batkevin74: lol, I can't believe you really posted that. lmao

Posted by batkevin74

@cbishop: Well we are #1 in the world for melanoma cancer. So Dusty should really slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat and be sunsafe :)

Posted by cbishop

@batkevin74: The sun in Las Vegas was ridiculous. The last few years of my job there, I wore long sleeve shirts and a Gilligan-type hat year around at work. With the triple digit temperatures, you could literally feel your skin burning in the sun. I always wondered why desert people were all covered up in the movies- that's why. That, and that the air underneath your clothes actually feels cooler than the air around you when it's that hot.

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

The tan and the bottle blond hair reminds me of a stereotypical bitch, but I don`t know if her athletic nature would fit to the profile.

Edited by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: Depends on how competitive she is, and how much the people around her spoil her.

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k
Posted by lykopis

It's far too early in the morning for me to be giggling this much -- I can't even...like, what was the purpose of this doll? I guess being sporty left you exposed to the elements and boy, getting that over-all tan must have been quite a feat out in public. :P

Seriously -- one of the biggest things for a girl when playing with a doll is the hair and Dusty has one of the worst I've seen. Poor thing. At least she has a date with that samurai-looking fellow for Awards Night.

Posted by cbishop

@lykopis: Yeah, I thought the hair was a little weird too. It's a bit 1960's-ish, but I think that look came back in the 80's/90's as a surfer-chick type of cut.

Dusty liked the samurai for his hard body and rock hard abs, but in the end, his stony demeanor left her cold. He swung a sword, she swung golf clubs and tennis rackets. It was doomed from the start.

Posted by lykopis

Poor Dusty and Samurai Guy -- it's just so sad.

Posted by cbishop

@lykopis: He wanted eye candy on his arm, she wanted the wacked out instant cred that dating an older man gave her with the media. They were using each other. Don't buy into it.