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The Grand Compendium Of Martial Arts Instruction Ads From 1970s Comic Books, Volume One

Martial Arts Instruction Ad, circa 1972

As we all know from reading comic books and watching movies, the 1970s were a time when lethal ninjas and club-wielding goons lurked around every corner, kicking sand into the faces of honest, hard-working comics readers at every opportunity. The people cried out for something, anything, that could save them from these ruffians, and as they always have, comic books stepped up to help in the most efficient and effective way possible: Advertising!

Comics had always provided their readers with the most exciting purchasing opportunities — nuclear submarines, X-Ray glasses, even the occasional piece of real Kryptonite — but between 1971 and 1974, they were full of opportunities to train yourself in the lethal arts of self-defense. That's why we here at ComicsAlliance are compiling a comprehensive list of the greatest promises for deadly hands and death touches in this, our Grand Compendium Of Comic Book Martial Arts Instructional Advertisements From The '70s.

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Thought Bubble #4: What ‘Age’ Of Comics Is This?


The comics medium attempts to answer a lot of big questions: What makes someone truly evil? What's wrong with childlike wonder? How, father? How do I do it? What do I make them afraid? In that spirit, ComicsAlliance's Matt Wilson is asking comics creators, retailers and commentators some big questions of his own...

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The Bronze Age Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day Edition


Here at ComicsAlliance, we don't just like to talk about comics, we also like to provide our readers with solutions to the everyday problems that comics readers often face. Say, for example, that Valentine's Day has snuck up on you, and you're facing down a V-Day date without a present for that special someone...

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