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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Aquaman: Time and Tide Ad - 1994

I found this...let's call it busy ad in an issue of Eclipso (wow, remember that book?), featuring a tiny little bit of promotion for Aquaman: Time and Tide #2.

Comics--well, superhero comics, at least--went through a really gaudy period in the 1990s, and I think this ad is an example of that. There is simply way too much going on here--too much text (ah, if only Ira Schnapp had still been around...), too much detail, too many different tones.

That said, I wish Newstime had been a real magazine!


Anonymous said...

That ad is dreadful. Although I really enjoyed the Time & Tide mini.

I also recall enjoying the Eclipso series, especially the first couple issues Bart Sears drew.

Diabolu Frank said...

I didn't mind busy ads like this. They were like non-combustible blipverts, so at least I could make informed decisions on the awful '90s crap I was going to buy.

For instance, I own an entire set of the Eclipso ongoing series, including the Bloodlines annual. The story didn't get decent until after Bart Sears departed (#?,) and then went completely to hell after Giffen left the book entirely in the hands of Bob Fleming and a terrible Bart Sears swipe artist.

I also own a complete set of the Guy Gardner series, and bought those issues of Green Lantern and Time & Tide. At least I left Outsiders on the rack, though!

The Irredeemable Shag said...

I guess I'm too much a product of 90's comics because I remember enjoying this ad. I liked all the fake headlines. Busy? Yes. Fun? Yes.

I may also be biased since I read all these comics at the time. Warrior was a great book once Beau Smith took over!

Also, I can't believe Frank made a Max Headroom reference! LOL!

The Irredeemable Shag

Doug Slack said...

That HQ issue looks like Guy's "coming out" announcement.