The Adventures of Sgt. Shark! (Comic Ads #8)

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.

Despite the quality of the art, I actually like this ad quite a bit. It has a lot going on. It introduces two characters (Sgt. Shark and his parrot, Gaff), a cool location (Tiger Island), a tug at your patriotic heartstrings (a U.S. Navy sub is in danger!), a display of the power granted by the shark's tooth pendant (he beats a shark and moves the sub), and a hint at further stories (a Navy captain with a pendant? Where could that lead?).

I'm not one to be taken in by such a blatant ad, but I have a tiny collection of comics related trinkets, and I find myself wishing I had one of these to add to it. I didn't just miss one opportunity, either! There's two order coupons at the bottom! One for me, and one to give to a friend! Oh well, maybe it's on e-bay.

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Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

The art is delightfully clunky, to my eyes.

Posted by cbishop

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: I think it looks like something a 12 year old would draw. However, I can put up with almost any quality of art if I'm entertained by the story, and I am entertained by this. I think it's just that the art in this really stands out against the much better art of the comic stories it appears next to. I've got to be honest though: this grows on me the more I look at it. ...Also, I don't draw that well, so I really shouldn't be knocking it at all. lol

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Me agrees.