The early90’s brought on a horde of advertisements promoting sex education and drug abuse education. It may have been cheesy, but it was all well intentioned. Free Comic Book Day reminded me of some of those ads from my childhood that, even as an eleven year old kid, thought were the coolest things ever. Here, take a look at a few…
WARNING! You are about to be served a platter full of cheese, corn, and other hokey dialoging…
To start off, let’s just come to an agreement that Nightwing’s 90’s costume is HORRID! Let’s also come to terms with the fact that Beastboy is kind of a jerk face kid who’s all about facing intergalactic terrors, but can’t get over his homophobia. (I think it’s true even now!)
It’s nice to see Dick Grayson not acting the fool and providing some very thoughtful insight concerning Beastboy’s ignorance. But, as usual, the woman knows all and puts her foot down when boys are dumb. Way to go Donna Troy! (I’m assuming it’s Donna Troy.)
“Don’t be a stupid boy” is the moral of this PSA. DC does a good job integrating some sympathy for Bea as she explains her experience with friends who have died from aids or are suffering from the HIV virus.
Booster and Blue Beetle are known for their crazy antics and silly banter, not too mention their clueless behavior to the feelings of others. So it’s nice to see Booster taking something as terrifying as AIDS seriously.
Then again, Bea does leave the room with a tease, asking the two of them to know the facts and dangers of AIDS…especially for her. (Does she want them?)
And then, the one I remember the best – Green Lantern, John Stewart fighting prejudice…does it seem a bit cliche that a black man is the one chosen to fight the biggots?
John Stewart, being the fantastic steward of goodness and justice that he is, fights the prejudice with the power of WORDS rather than by the power of his ring. By the end of the ad, John Stewart flies off, and everyone stands together in a harmonious stance of brotherhood. Ugh so Cheesey! But still a good message.
But wait! There’s more! Take a lookie here…
Yeah, that’s right, Hal Jordan did the same exact thing in an earlier issue! Isn’t it wonderful that DC can use two superheroes, both having different colored skin, interchangeably to promote the same message! Gee whiz, can’t that mob ever learn their lesson? And when will that couple learn to stay away from the haters???
Free Comic Book Day brought back a lot of cheesy memories for me, and I still have a ton of back issues to go through in order to reminisce on the days of old.
Oh, and if any of you would like to try and see if those hotlines are still active, give all three a call…you might be surprised!
More old ads to come!….