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Besides loving model kits growing up. I also loved comic books. My favorite models were made by AMT. My favorite comics, DC. Mainly Batman. Combine the two, and you get some great ads for AMT models inside DC comic books in the 1960's. Here is the first in a sample. 

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And here are a few more. "The Kat from AMT Jumps the Gun" I have a copy framed and hanging on my wall. 

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Back to this ad. In the last couple of years Round 2 has release 3 kits in this series. I wonder when we can expect the other 5? 

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Here is a cool Monogram ad thrown in for good measure. 

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Amazing prices. They sure have gone up since then.

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Note how the artist made 1/25 scale cars look like 1/12 scale. And how you'd build a channeled Deuce 5-window with an exposed engine from All-Star parts is beyond me, unless you had some Aurora and Pyro kits to borrow from...:rolleyes:

That said, hey Round2 - Scale Stars '32 and '40 Fords next, pleeeeeze!

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Okay we need some more Monogram. Mainly Tom Daniel's stuff. 

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Sorry to ignored Revell up to this point. But, they didn't seem to run a lot of ads for their models cars in the comic books. And sorry, even though they deal directly with car models. I do have to include a promotion that Revell ran in the late 60's to win a full size Gemini space capsule. That's the one contest that was done when I was a kid, that I really wanted to win. Sadly I never even got a chance to enter. 😢 

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Interesting how similar these two ads are. I hadn't noticed it until I posted them above. 

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I've never seen any of these before, thanks for posting.

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This is a blast, thanks for posting Scott

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23 minutes ago, DumpyDan said:

This is a blast, thanks for posting Scott

same here Scott..thanks for the good memories.   Very cool ads.

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Found this ad on the web

 

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I read a lot of DC comics in the 1963-65 timeframe and I don't remember ever seeing any of these. Maybe I just wasn't into model cars yet and simply paid them no attention.

I DO, however, remember the giant, full-page Revell ads in Boys Life, the Boy Scout magazine. These looked something like a newspaper, and had "news" of the latest 1/72 "Warbird" airplane releases (I remember when the Memphis Belle B-17 and the Blue Streak B-24 came out), as well as the latest wacky Ed Roth creation.

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45 minutes ago, ranma said:

Found this ad on the web

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The second ad I posted, is above one. Jim and Eddie are always welcome to my birthday party. Though in my case I want the '40 Willys Coupe and '32 Ford Sedan kit. 

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These were the only important ads in DC comics when I wasa kid. Free  admission and rides are always swell. Those ride coupons were worth their weight in gold to kids going there on a summer day camp trip:

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I had no idea Beavis and Butthead were into model kits!

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12 hours ago, unclescott58 said:

Sorry to ignored Revell up to this point. But, they didn't seem to run a lot of ads for their models cars in the comic books. And sorry, even though they deal directly with car models. I do have to include a promotion that Revell ran in the late 60's to win a full size Gemini space capsule. That's the one contest that was done when I was a kid, that I really wanted to win. Sadly I never even got a chance to enter. 😢 

 

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Well, if you ever find yourself in Portland, Oregon....

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From a time when I wasn't reading comic books. And from a TV series I never cared for. But, I know there are fans out there. So here you go. 

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The Gemini capsule contest, and what happened to the capsule, is fascinating.  Never heard of it before, thanks!

That contest went a lot better than one by Ford in 1958, when they realized the Edsel was tanking and got desperate.  According to Ford P.R. guy Gayle Warnock, Ford had a big meeting about selling more Edsels. The story is in Warnock's book "The Edsel Affair."  This is from memory, but pretty close, I think:

One crusty old Ford veteran was in the meeting, and he had a running joke he always used:  "Let's give away a pony."  A younger executive in the meeting didn't realize it was a joke, and thought that was a great idea.  Such a great idea that Ford should give away several ponies.

Pretty soon Ford was negotiating with the delighted owners of pony farms all over the country.  It got pretty expensive, since the critters had to be fed, housed and cared for until the contest.

And the contest went pretty much the way everything Edsel-related seemed to go.  The first kid who won a pony lived in New York City. In an apartment.

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"The first kid who won a pony lived in New York City. In an apartment."

So, what's the big deal about that? Par for the course here. There's the story of Ming the Tiger, living in a housing project apartment with an alligator and eight kids

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Then, there was everybody's favorite homicidal maniac, "Crazy" Joe Gallo. Joe lived on President St., in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. He kept a pet lion in his basement, which he used to terrorize the living krap out of mooks who owed him money or were being uncooperative in other matters of greater or lesser import. Crazy Joe enjoyed a laugh or two.

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