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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