Marvel Comics Trade Ad, 1980: ‘More Popular Than Santa?’

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“Marvel Comics yearly reach an incredible 77% of all kids in the United States between 6 and 17.” I have to believe there’s some padding going on, but still, that’s a big number, and I don’t doubt it. Bringing a comic book to school would buy you a class full of friends for a day.

2 Responses to “Marvel Comics Trade Ad, 1980: ‘More Popular Than Santa?’”


  1. 1 Raymond Rich December 12, 2014 at 3:09 am

    I totally remember that for local businesses of the era (typically a Toys R’ Us or a Carvel Ice Cream grand opening), having a costumed Spider-Man on hand meant a big draw for kids. Any old dump could have a clown or a Santa, but Spider-Man?! Plus, we were used to seeing him mute on “The Electric Company,” so he didn’t have to speak and betray his disappointing mundaneness.

    • 2 2W2N December 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      I don’t remember any appearances in my neck of the woods at the time, although they must have been going on. Maybe my parents thought it was too creepy? I don’t think they took me to see Santa either.


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