Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Loafing

There's a definitely a lot going on with this Batman bread bag.  It's got a 1966 date and a clear Adam West series influence.  Sadly the bread itself has gone wherever it is that super hero food goes after it's gone away.  That being said, there's still plenty of kookiness on this vintage bag to dissect.

The franchise has never been shy about being marketable and the bag shows off plenty of recognizable and lesser known Bat-stuff.  First off, the Penguin, Riddler, Batmobile and Batplane:

But some third stringers also get a little spotlight too, which is always nice to see. Somehow Calendarman, Cluemaster and Mr. Zero (who was later renamed Mr. Freeze) made the cut:

A lot of people might not remember the Terrible Trio.  They've shown up in a handful of comics but also made a nice appearance in an episode of Batman: The Animated series:

There's another unusual appearance that I can't quite place.  I'm not terribly familiar with "Caveman" but I wonder if he's not the same character who appeared in an episode of The Brave and the Bold?

Maybe this guy eventually turned into Vandal Savage.  I dunno.  Solving this guy's mystery is only of the many functions this bag is capable of .  For a complete rundown, check out the back:

If I were forced to pick two favorites I would pick "Wet clothing" and "Fresh Fish & Game".  I don't know why more food packaging doesn't have suggestions for additional uses.  Perhaps that's a theme we can bring back.





Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Avengers Assemble Fruit Snacks


Not to be mistaken with the movie Avengers, the cartoon Avengers are also fruit snack worthy.  Sadly, the superior Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes got skipped for the current Avenger's Assemble. Such is life.

Not a lot of surprises in the breakdown but certainly a few missed opportunities. Hulk and Iron Man are the only characters who get their faces gummy-tized.  Mj√∂lnir and Cap's shield appear as they usually do and the S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers logo round out the line up:


So it looks like just a repackaged re-release of the movie fruit snacks:


It makes perfect sense from a financial standpoint but is a bit of a letdown from the "obsess about nonsense" standpoint.  I've given up on seeing Black Widow or Hawkeye immortalized in the gummy medium but how about Falcon?  He's in the cartoon and the new Cap movie.  Am I asking too much?