The Adventures of Gritboy (Comic Ads #36)

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.
Grit Ad 1979

Not much to say here that I didn't say in Boys! Earn $1 To $6 A Week... The ad above was being published the same year as the ad on the inset, and the two ads promise pretty much the same result- it's just worded a little bit different. I still say this is a crud-ton of papers to have to sell for a kid.

Personally, for it to have been a national, "full-family" paper, I have never seen an issue of Grit. So rather than doing a Google search, I asked someone who was there- my mom. She says she used to see them all the time. Okay. I mean, I didn't doubt its existence, just its claim to be distributed nationally. But okay, they were everywhere.

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Edited by cbishop
Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Gee wiss! GIRLS sell it too!

Posted by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: lol, I know right? That's the 1970's for ya- girls do something outside of the kitchen and it's a selling point!

Edited by lykopis

The poor girl is far off in the distance, but she's there alright. Senators AND astronauts sold this paper? Wow. The economy must have been pretty harsh back then.

And woohoo! Pretty important comic to find this advert in, that Conan holding my beloved Belit in his arms! (I get easily distracted, sorry)

Posted by cbishop

@lykopis: I would be curious to know who those astronauts and senators are. I wish they had name dropped in the ad, because I'd bet that info is lost to history now. It's not so much that the economy was harsh, it's more that a paper route wasn't an uncommon way for kids to make money back then.

I liked the comic, but I'd be more enamored with it if it didn't smell so bloody musty. Couldn't complain for a dollar, but it's liable to go in a bag and board and never come out again, or maybe even go back to the comic shop. My LCS guy lets me borrow comics to scan ads from, but when they have a bunch of ads in them, I'll buy them. The Conan had three or four things in it that I wanted to scan, and The Inspector had a whole sixteen page insert of comic ads, plus two or three others outside of the insert. Had to buy those. :)