Early video game ads didn't have the hot-shot graphics that we have today. Advertising for these games was nothing short of a marketing swindle with artwork that really had nothing to do with the game in question. None more-so-than early Marvel titles for the Atari, Gameboy and NES. Making use of some of the hottest comic talents around these ads steered the young consumer hearts straight to the stores; but when we got home that cover art was no where to be found in-game.
Even still, some the artwork produced for these games was fantastic; others are close to laughable. Take a gander of some of these early Marvel video game print ads from various comic books of the time. Presenting the return of the Retro Gaming Ads...
|1982 | Spider-Man for Atari 2600|
|1985 | Marvel Adventures featuring The Incredible Hulk on PC Rom|
|1990 | Silver Surfer for NES|
|1990 | Silver Surfer for NES, high score contest|
|1990 | X-Men for NES|
|1991 | The Punisher for NES|
|1991 | The Punisher for Nintendo Gameboy|
|1992 | Spider-Man Arcade's Revenge for NES|
|1993 | Captain America and the Avengers for Sega Genesis & sNES|
|1994 | The Incredible Hulk for sNES|
|1995 | Marvel Super Heroes War of the Gems for sNES|
|1997 | Marvel Super Heroes for PS1 & Sega Saturn|
|2000 | Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 for Dreamcast|
Got a favorite I missed here? Let me know.