Category Archives: Advertising

Gaston didn’t know, obviously

In the seventies Franco-belgian comics magazines like Spirou hardly contained any advertising, except maybe for their own album series or for the odd record player. Content mattered then as more than as a buffer between commercial messages. And in case … Continue reading

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Captain Mercaptan to the rescue

Baltimore Gas and Electric wants its youngest customers to hep to the benefits but also the dangers of natural gas. Captain Mercaptan and his sidekicks Sunny and Pipey teach children what to be aware of, and be on the lookout … Continue reading

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Tout de suite, maintenant

Floc’h, French purveyor extraordinaire of extremely pure ligne claire art, has added a new gem to his long-running oeuvre. For Tout de suite, maintenant, the new film of French director Pascal Bonitzer, out in June, Floc’h created the poster and … Continue reading

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Comics and milk are a big thing in Switzerland

This year the comics festival Fumetto, held in the Swiss town of Luzern (April 16-24), celebrates its 25th anniversary. And for that occasions, the lids of milk cups in cafés and eateries around town sport illustrations by Swiss cartoonists like … Continue reading

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Popeye Perfume

Did fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier just bring danger to one of the longest-lasting love interests in comics? For the latest edition of his Le Male perfume line, Gaultier took inspiration from Popeye, which was not that big of a leap, as … Continue reading

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No sticky faces with Little Lulu

This 1955 ad for Kleenex featuring Marge’s Little Lulu comes to you courtesy of the excellent Vintage Ads blog.  There’s not enough rhyming verse in advertising these days. Also, it turns out Kleenex and Little Lulu had a long and … Continue reading

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Tintin, detergent and flexi-disks

If you read Dutch and can stand a cantankerous stand towards all things Moulinsart, you should be following A La Recherche Du Tintin Perdu. Recently its anonymous editor discovered a Dutch promotional flexi-disk with an audio version of Tintin’s The … Continue reading

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