8 Feet Of Cars

This ad was published on the back of the front cover for Crazy #3 (1954), the Mad clone that was published by Atlas Comics in the early 50’s.  At first glance, I thought it was a parody ad in the style that Mad Magazine later would perfect, and even after going over it a few times, I’m still not quite sure it’s genuine.  I mean, who wants to sell toy cars by presenting them in a big (8 feet long) pile-up ?

And “Play Tic-tac-toe and all other favorite games this different way” ?  I mean, is Tic-tac-toe anybody‘s favorite game ?  Sometimes reality is more absurd than the most absurd parody of it.

(thanks to anonymous benefactors for the scan)

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