By RazzaTazz 12 Comments
I have recently completed another bizarre mini wiki project related to the history of comics - DC Salutes the Bicentennial. For those of you who are not Americans, the bicentennial refers to the 200th anniversary of the United States which took place in 1976, so this is a pretty old comic related concept (I ran across it on the cover of a Kamandi comic while searching the wiki.) With some help from another site I got a copy of a scan of the giveaway and some general information related to it:
In the description the author of the other blog indicates that even if he was contemporary to the event that he would never cut up the cover of an issue to get satisfy a giveaway, valuing the comics too much. At the same time, what of those that really wanted the belt buckle? I am not a real collector of comics, rather I classify myself as a reader of them. Nor am I particularly interested in memorabilia, so the concept either way of thinking about the giveaway wouldn't interest me. These types of giveaways don't exist anymore, but it got me to thinking who would and who would not cut up the cover. I would see no problem with it as the story inside would still be untouched, but then again it would take more motivation than a belt buckle to get me going (a lasso of truth perhaps).
Anyway it is just a strange anachronism from a bygone era in comic history, before the internet, when such things would still work. I am sure now if it happened it would involve a dedicated website and bar codes.