|Action-packed cover by John Romita, Sr. (www.comicbookdb.com)|
In 1983, you could mail in your Kool-Aid proof of purchase points for this nice little item put out by Marvel Comics. Kids across America were building Kool-Aid stands in the hopes of earning enough credit to get this little collector's item, I'm sure.
|ONE OF US! ONE OF US!|
It was either that or a lovely inflatable companion for those long, hot summer nights.
|Never judge another man's fetish.|
Besides advertising the scads of branded product that young children dream of, there are two stories in this comic. Both of them, interestingly, illustrated by long-time Archie artist Dan DeCarlo.
|Thrill as Kool-Aid Man fights the enemies of sugar and corn syrup!|
The writing is credited to Jim Salicrup, who provides a lot of bad puns for the dialogue. In the main though, this is very much a DeCarlo book, with a lot of great visual storytelling. Today's creators could take a cue from his ability to compress time. Such as this panel, where he introduces the main characters and their personalities while leaving room for the word balloons.
In the second story, he has a bit more room. Here, he uses the basic Archie-style six panel grid to do the introductions. Today, this would be a six-issue mini-series with flashbacks and family drama.
|If they step into that helicopter, we're talking multiple Mann Act violations.|
|insert rimshot here|
|Kool-Aid Man, intergalactic drug dealer.|
Man, comic-books are an unwholesome medium. Frederic Wertham was right, let's all go play some innocent Atari video games instead.