Atomic Comics lays the groundwork for the 1990s comic market.

§ June 9th, 2010 § Filed under Uncategorized § 9 Comments

1977 comic book ad

9 Responses to “Atomic Comics lays the groundwork for the 1990s comic market.”

  • Jack Fear says:

    Annnnnd something else I’d totally blanked out comes rushing back to me in full color, like an episode of childhood-nostalgic PTSD. Thanks, Progressive Ruin!

    So who’s got an mp3 of the “action record,” then? Based on the cover image of Holo-Man using his FANTASTIC POWERS to, um, cold-cock a guy in a business suit, I predict PULSE-POUNDING THRILLS!

  • WizarDru says:

    GodDAMMIT, Progessive Ruin!

    I had forgotten this, BLISSFULLY, and now you bring it ALL BACK.
    Do you take recovering alcoholics with you to the liquor store? Huh? DO YOU?!?!?

  • CW says:

    Mike, ever have a customer bring in a copy of the Amazing Adventures of Holo-Man?

    “B-b-but the ad said it was a collector’s treasure!”

  • Andres says:

    What’s a record?

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  • Nat Gertler says:

    Me, I’m just amazingly grooving on the simultaneous use of the R-in-a-circle (used to claim that one has a registered trademark) and the TM (generally used to claim an unregistered trademark.) I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts that they did not register their trademarks, but just thought that those symbols were what you put on to achieve that end.

    (Admittedly, that dollar-to-donut bet was much more impressive when donuts didn’t cost about a dollar.)

  • Nat Gertler says:

    And doing the research… let’s see, no, they didn’t have a registered trademark on Atomic Comics, but yes, they had one on Holo-Man! I owe myself a dollar AND a donut!
    But wait… they registered their trademark in June, 1983! So it wasn’t registered at the time of this ad, in 1977. Give me back my donut!
    No relevant registration for Laserman, none for Holosquad, none for Action Record. So largely, they were liarpusses.
    But that does mean that 6 years after this, these guys (or at least someone in Newark) still felt this was viable enough that they registered a mark.

    Ooh, more info at the online edition of the Wikipedia!

  • bigmountain says:

    There’s something disconcerting about coupling the “futuristic Laserman” with a 45 rpm record.

    Also, apparently the Holosquad’s core membership includes Holoman, Boxey from the orginal Battlestar: Galactica, and Uncle Jesse from the Dukes of Hazzard. I can’t place the young lady…

  • Wow, his secret identity is James Robinson! Suddenly Cry for Justice makes perfect sense.

    No, wait, it still doesn’t. Sorry, false alarm.