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(signed) Scott Eiler, Publisher for Powernaut Comics, 1979.
In my travels I've seen some very boring places, particularly including remote military bases, where one of the leading amusements was snorting nitrous oxide. It's harmless; dentists use it for sedation. But you have to be very, very bored before you embrace it as a recreation.
As you can see, there *was* an attempt to sell nitrous oxide for recreation. It figures that the 1970s Powernaut was associated with it. But it's ironic that the real Powernaut (of 1941 - 1966) still appeared in these ads. Even after more than a decade from his disappearance, he was still the Powernaut everyone remembered.
Every comic book fan of a certain age is familiar with Twinkies ads, where (for instance) even Thor had to use snack cakes to defeat villains who could withstand his brawn. Younger readers have seen parodies of those ads. 1979 was their peak.
And that's about all that needs saying about them.
(signed) Scott Eiler, May 2015.
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