Who You Calling Mister?

We all know about Mr. Clean. He’s been a household fave for ages—and currently, with that sparkling earring and chrome dome of his, quite the hipster too.  Mr. Peanut, top hat and all, has held up for a century. But …

Pigheaded Demopublicans

Both U.S. political parties are playing politics with food aid. And Oxfam America is angry. Their recent advertising campaign, created by Hill Holliday, USA, “Tell Washington to Stop Playing with Food Aid,” takes a non-partisan/non-gender stance against the stubborn donkeys …

The Advertising Power of Comic Book Artists

In the early part of the twentieth century the first American cartoonists were the superstars of their times. Their work was received by an adoring audience, they earned lucrative contracts and toured the country to give chalk talks to a …

Howdy 7Up!

I became interested in pop bottles (I grew up in the Chicago area where we all said “pop”) and related stuff when I was about 12 years old. I had gone inside an old garage that was attached to a …

Stop the Presses: More Ignorance and Stupidity in the World

This just in from The Jerusalem Post and the UK’s Daily Mail: ISTANBUL – A Turkish shampoo commercial featuring an enraged Adolf Hitler is a “huge insult to human rights” and should be withdrawn, leaders of the country’s Jewish community …

Advertising that Goes Hot and Cold

As long as advertising has existed, advertisers have looked for places to affix their advertisements. Bananas were the big thing in the 90s. Thermometers were the big thing in the 30s. It was one place, among many, that a prospective …

I Don't Have to Show You No Stinkin' Matches

Advertising designers seem to have had a lot more license to play like children back in the 1920s. These Belgian posters for the Union match manufacturer, show metamorphic matches at their finest and most absurd. The concept of creating flighty …

Mad Man: The Long Strange Tale of Kim Jong-Il's Advertising Career

On Saturday, December 17th 2011, traveling on his train, Kim Jong-il, president of North Korea and star of the advertising world died. Here are some highlights of his advertising career.   If you liked this Check out more of Mirko’s slideshows: These Boots …

Super Breast Cancer Ads

A new campaign encouraging women to check for breast cancer (and for men to be aware of this method) was recently created by DDB, Maputo, Mozambique. It is brilliant in taking the Super Hero genre to a new level. The …