Tee-Tee Power Measures Up To The Challenge (Comic Ads #37)

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.
Little known fact: according to Marvel Team-Up #88, Peter Parker never learned to drive. He was able to travel via weblines from his early teens, so never needed a car... or a motorcycle.

First off, whoever created this toy didn't try very hard with the name. "Tee-Tee Power?" That's the daredevil rider's name? Well, if you look at the top panel, in the bottom right hand corner, you'll see that it's short for "Turbo Tower or Power," aka TTP. I've got to be honest, I have lots of jokes here, but they're all vulgar. If you're old enough to have hit puberty, are paying attention to some of the words in bold, and start with the fact that "tee-tee" is sometimes kiddie-talk for a certain private part, well, you'll see where my dirty lil mind went with this.

Instead of going there though, redirect your mind to Bank Robbery In Progress!, where the ad showcased the Trouble Patrol- same toy, different vehicles. I'm sure you've already noticed the Spider-Man version of this at the right, and you can see a Bionic Woman version below, along with a whole slew of pictures related to the TTP. I hope you enjoy it.

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Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

I thought an obvious dirty thought in the third panel.

There was a comic about The inspector. Pretty cool...

Spidey has black eyes! Just like in the old Japanese Spidey-show and Alex Ross`s version of the character.

Posted by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: Yeah, I probably had the same thought.

The Inspector comic was fun, but for me, I completely geeked out on the sixteen-page Kenner Fun Catalog in the middle, which is where I'm getting these ads. We'll see more about the catalog in Comic Ads #50 (yeah, I plan these things out sometimes- how 'bout that).

That Spidercycle is amazing- I'd have loved to have had one of those as a kid. The only Spider-Man thing I remember having was a very tiny plastic Spider-Man (all red), and a tube of "web fluid," which sucked as a toy. The tube was a little bit smaller than a travel tube of toothpaste, you squeezed it the same way, and had to very carefully string the webs from place-to-place, or they'd break. The stuff in the tube made webs that were indistinguishable from the real thing, but they didn't "shoot" anywhere, and didn't hold anything. But somebody made a buck.

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Poor Spidey-toy...Not adored...

Posted by lykopis

I wanna know how that kid got Tee Tee Man to flip a 360 in the air? Right out the gate, the ad set the bar high for every kid who got this toy - I mean, all those asterisk'ed distance calculations, I have a feeling there were a lot of disappointed rug-rats at the time.

As for potential vulgar humour, I don't see it. Nope. Not at all. Nuh-uh.

Posted by cbishop

@lykopis: I've seen more than one of these SSP and TTP ads that have those asterisked scale calculations on them. I can't imagine that they meant anything to anyone, other than the engineers who designed the toys.

As for the vulgar humor, it's possible that you may have had to have once been a thirteen year old boy to understand. ...Or perhaps you're fibbing. ;)

Posted by lykopis

Fibbing? Moi?



Posted by cbishop