Friday, July 19, 2013

Captain Tootsie Month, Day 19: Tootsie Rolls give you quick energy to dig an escape tunnel from prison

"Captain Tootsie and the Giant Cannon," from World's Finest Comics #17 (Spring 1945), by Rod Reed and C. C. Beck

The ad promises that a Tootsie Roll will give you enough energy to ride a bicycle THREE MILES downhill, on Jupiter. If that's the case, then how many Tootsie Rolls did Superman, on the cover of that self-same issue of World's Finest, to do this:

Cover of World's Finest Comics #17, pencils by Jack Burnley, inks by Charles Paris

Superman: putting rickshaw drivers out of work since 1945.

And just for fun, here's a shortened version of the same Captain Tootsie adventure (printed one ish earlier, no less!), featuring Cap's crime-fightin' buddy Dick Tracy and Tootsie in a Jar!

Tootsie VM ad from World's Finest Comics #16 (Winter 1945)

You can see a close(r)-up of the items you'd find in a Dick Tracy Detective Kit here, but I can't find any pictures of a jar of Tootsie's answer to Ovaltine, Tootsie VM. Anybody still got some in their cupboard? I'll test it out for ya!


BillyWitchDoctor said...

My favorite Capt. Tootsie ad without debate. Smug bastard gets it right in his guffawing face and incredibly, the ridiculous plot is going as planned until children show up to uncork his yap. Between that and "Ugh! Floof! Blurpf!" I was rollin' on the floor.

None of it would make me want to consume Tootsie Rolls, though.

Blam said...

Is that Mutt or Jeff leering at Mary Batson on the tandem bike? I always get them confused.