Games weren’t just advertised on TV. They were advertised in comics as well. I was big into comes in the early days of the NES era. Spider-Man was taking on Firelord, then Hobgoblin, then the Sinister Synidicate, then X-Factor…mighty Marvel tradition indeed, and I couldn’t get enough!
Interspersed with all of the superhero antics were great ads for games, including this two-for-one which plugs both Contra and Jackal, two of my faves.
I spent quarter-hours if not hours studying this ad, noticing the difference between the Jackal guys and the Contra warriors, even trying to copy their facial expressions and poses (okay, not the one in the back). It is one of the best NES print ads of all time, and it is for two of the best NES games of all time.