Spider-Man and the Mystery of the Museum Snakes! (Comic Ads #13)

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.

The Marvel ads for Magic Snake came the tiniest bit closer to the Hostess ads than the DC ads did, because Marvel created new villains for the ads. In the Spider-Man ad, the villain is Magna Mind- the "canny crook," "greatest criminal brain," and "the world's smartest crook" ...who was outwitted by a Magic Snake puzzle. But who can blame him? There are twenty-three trillion possible shapes! In case you ever get your hands on one of these puzzles, I posted some of the shapes you can make below.

I had one of these as a kid. If the parts got to be loose, it could be frustrating to manipulate (but not as bad as the Alexander's Star puzzle, which had so many moving parts it seemed to move on its own). If you didn't have a guide to show you the shapes, it could also get boring really quickly. It's things like this that allowed video games to take over.

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Posted by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: <shrugs> I'm just going with the ad copy. ;) ...Yeah, I started to do a little research, and see if there was actually a Tut's diamond, but I decided I wasn't that into it.

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Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

There is a Tut Diamond. And I stole it.

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Okay, 23 trillion is the right number after all.

Posted by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k said:

There is a Tut Diamond. And I stole it.

But that would make you better than the world's smartest crook! ...Or maybe you just don't like the Magic Snake? ...Wow, porno sentence alert... Perhaps they should have had Hostess snacks to distract you with instead.

Okay, 23 trillion is the right number after all.

Really? I didn't bother with the math either way. ;)

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I wouldn`t be tricked by them, because they surely contain egg, and I can`t eat it.

You don`t have to feel bad for me, though. My life isn`t limited by it that much.

Posted by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: Y'know, between the first and second sentence, it actually didn't occur to me to feel sorry for you. It surely requires a bit of carefulness, but there's egg substitutes out there. More Hostess for crime fighting! ;)

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Edited by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Yes...and I can use them, myself! For evil!!!! Only the most strong willed of cops will be able to resist me!

Posted by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: All cops are strong willed, thus your fatal flaw is revealed! ;)

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Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Crap!