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speedy alka-seltzerI
'm guessing that not all of you will remember Speedy Alka-Seltzer. He was an important cog in the advertising gears of the 50s and 60s though he's never been officially retired.

The early animated ads featuring Speedy were remarkable as they used a face-replacement technique that was reportedly a tightly-kept company secret. Take a look at one of these commercials here.

Alka-Seltzer was the focal point of some amazing and hilarious commercials of the mid-20th century. If you've never seen them here is the classic "blooper" ad, an animated one featuring Gene Wilder's voice as a stomach arguing with its owner, and a startling one featuring surrealist artist Salvador Dali.


Addendum: No, it's not your imagination. I slightly edited to punchline to make it, well, you know, more funny-ish. Plus, I believe I'm now the first person in comic history to use the words "clabber girls" in a punchline.

Take that, Snuffy Smith!


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Raging Pencils salutes the Mystery Readers of
Monash, South Australia
Whoever you are, thanks for reading my alien little 'toon.

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Alien (Ala H. R. Giger) news reader. In background is picture of Speedy Alka-Seltzer running amok.

Alien: "...leaving a trail of death and sodium bicarbonate in its wake. Citizens are advised to remain calm. To repeat... a hideous monster is attacking our city..."