Weird Comics History, Episode 19: Classic Comic Book Advertisements

April 13, 2017

In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) will teach you how to kill a man with one touch, become the life of any party, and pull six cars for one mile using only your neck! We'll go over some seminal comic book ads and detail the lives of novelty purveyor S.S. Adams and bodybuilder Charles Atlas. Then, a brief discussion about comic book advertising, and why we don't really see it anymore! Have some scissors ready to clip those mail-in coupons!

The Deadliest Ads Alive! A History of Martial Arts Ads in Comic Books by Dan Kelly, 2012, Hogan’s Alley Publishing
Life of the Party:A Visual History of the S.S. Adams Company Makers of Pranks & Magic for 100 Years by Kirk Demarais, 2006, S.S. Adams LLC S.S. Adams Co.
Charles Atlas: The Man, the Myth and the Muscles by David Baines, 2014 Birch Tree Publishing Charles Atlas

BREAK: "The Man Who Knew Charles Atlas"; Rich Alcott interviews Matou Panagopolous

TAGS: comic books, comics history, karate, judo, Count Dante, Dim Mak, S.S. Adams, novelties, dribble glass, joy buzzer, Charles Atlas, hero of the beach, bodybuilding, vaudeville, strongman