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2012-11-30 05:41:06 PM
RIP Bazooka Bill
 
2012-11-30 05:49:16 PM
Between this and the end of Nintendo Power magazine, I'm getting hit hard in the nostalgia.
 
2012-11-30 05:50:07 PM

Brontes: RIP Bazooka Bill


That sucker has to be so old by now he has to have someone else chew the gum for him
 
2012-11-30 05:53:06 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Brontes: RIP Bazooka Bill

That sucker has to be so old by now he has to have someone else chew the gum for him


But his arms are so...huge
 
2012-11-30 06:48:08 PM

Brontes: RIP Bazooka Bill


i105.photobucket.com
RIP Bazooka Bill
 
2012-11-30 07:05:17 PM

FloydA: Brontes: RIP Bazooka Bill

[i105.photobucket.com image 433x306]
RIP Bazooka Bill


That's not Bazooka Bill, THIS is Bazooka Bill

www.blisteredthumbs.net
 
2012-11-30 08:18:51 PM
Did anyone ever rescue that prisoner in their bubble gum factory?
 
2012-11-30 08:35:32 PM
paradiseleased.files.wordpress.com 
RIP Bazooka Joe
 
2012-11-30 08:59:14 PM
Now Bazooka Joe is out of a job, and blame the unions.

It's gonna be tough finding employment in that field of work.
 
2012-11-30 09:12:20 PM
i1079.photobucket.com
RIP
 
2012-11-30 10:02:41 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Between this and the end of Nintendo Power magazine, I'm getting hit hard in the nostalgia.


And Hostess going the way of the dodo.

STOP RAPING MY CHILDHOOD, LIFE!!!!
 
2012-11-30 10:21:38 PM
RIP bouzouki joe

a2.ec-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2012-11-30 11:11:37 PM
I miss candy cigarettes more. Real ones too. Why'd I quit?
 
2012-11-30 11:15:11 PM
Were they ever funny or interesting?
 
2012-11-30 11:33:33 PM

Makh: Were they ever funny or interesting?


When I was a kid, I preferred the Dubble Bubble comics with Pud.
 
2012-12-01 12:32:46 AM

Makh: Were they ever funny or interesting?


I'd say they were. Always wondered how he lost his eye... And what horrible facial mutilation required his freind to wear that turtle neck that way?
 
2012-12-01 12:56:13 AM
www.johntabita.com
 
2012-12-01 02:25:41 AM

bryen: miss candy cigarettes more. Real ones too. Why'd I quit?


Because they tasted like chalk?
 
2012-12-01 03:12:35 AM
What's the point of buying Bazooka Joe now?
 
2012-12-01 03:25:18 AM
As long as I can still buy this, we're good.
 
2012-12-01 03:31:26 AM
i.somethingawful.com
 
2012-12-01 03:38:59 AM

Brontes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Brontes: RIP Bazooka Bill

That sucker has to be so old by now he has to have someone else chew the gum for him

But his arms are so...huge


He gums his gum.
 
2012-12-01 03:39:21 AM

fisker:


DAS WAISIS!!!
 
2012-12-01 03:48:43 AM

Makh: Were they ever funny or interesting?


When you are an 8 year old, yes.
 
2012-12-01 04:00:22 AM
Can't say I ever understood the appeal. Why would I want terrible gum and lame comics? Even popsicle sticks had better jokes.
 
2012-12-01 04:05:50 AM
Brontes: RIP Bazooka Bill

RIP Bushwick Bill
 
2012-12-01 04:36:17 AM
Saved up a billion or so, sent them in (along with S&H) and got a "pearl" handled pocket knife - which my mom took from me immediately.
 
2012-12-01 05:50:51 AM
I was so flustered by the Bazooka news, I nearly ruined this month's issue of Grit.
 
2012-12-01 06:33:42 AM

cretinbob: Makh: Were they ever funny or interesting?

When you are an 8 year old, yes.


From what I recall of encountering Bazooka Joe comics at that age, no.

Still, it's kinda sad seeing them go, sort of like the end of the Burma Shave road signs that I never got to see.

WHEN BUBBLE GUM


TASTES LIKE A CHIP


DON'T FRET


DON'T RAVE


READ THIS STRIP



BAZOOKA JOE


/got nothin
 
2012-12-01 07:03:07 AM
I am confused - there is gum in those comics? I thought they were actually wrapped around a hard pink stone that hurt to chew on.
 
2012-12-01 07:04:39 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com

RIP Bazooka G.I. Joe
 
2012-12-01 07:06:12 AM

pissedoffmick: Saved up a billion or so, sent them in (along with S&H) and got a "pearl" handled pocket knife - which my mom took from me immediately.


I remember that phase when as kids we had stacks of Bazooka Joe strips in our pockets - a roll of cash at the table in Vegas couldn't do better.

Where the kid with the turtle neck pulled up to his nose ?
 
2012-12-01 07:10:09 AM
At least they didn't turn Bazooka joe into a homosexual and have a gay marriage with his buddy
 
2012-12-01 07:18:23 AM
Funtivities sounds so hip and with it.
 
2012-12-01 07:21:56 AM

ElPollotonto: I am confused - there is gum in those comics? I thought they were actually wrapped around a hard pink stone that hurt to chew on.


*That* is the term I was looking for.

WHEN BUBBLE GUM
TASTES LIKE A STONE
DON'T FRET
DON'T RAVE
JUST READ THIS KOAN
BAZOOKA JOE
 
2012-12-01 07:24:08 AM
You'd think I woulda figured out that's not how it's pronounced by now, but clearly not.
 
2012-12-01 07:24:35 AM

cretinbob: Makh: Were they ever funny or interesting?

When you are an 8 year old, yes.


Also, ya gotta hear all those jokes before being able to say "I already heard that."

It's sorta like laying the foundation.
 
2012-12-01 07:26:41 AM
Aww.. I remember Bazooka Joes... I got them from the local sweet shop as it was the only place I could get them. Got some impressive bubbles blown with that gum.
I remember the cartoon strips fondly.. collected loads of them and they fitted brilliantly inside a matchbox too.
There was also this other bubble gum that tasted of sweetened disinfectant that had a tattoo in the wrapper of a smiley face...
HubbaBubba bubble gum wasn't the same... it was too sweet despite the large bubbles you could achieve, but being in the same house as a bubble-bursting mother who got a kick from that? yeah, I had chew that stuff either while I was out or while my mother was out, or late at night after I'd gone to bed or if I decided instead on a night of gaming on my zxspectrum 48k computer!
Ahh.. my bubble gum chewing days... when gum was cool... now they're trying to remove that cool..
shame on them!
 
2012-12-01 07:41:33 AM
Its no Chum Gum, so I scoff at this
 
2012-12-01 07:46:12 AM
RIP Bosozoku

i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-01 08:06:10 AM

pissedoffmick: Saved up a billion or so, sent them in (along with S&H) and got a "pearl" handled pocket knife - which my mom took from me immediately.


Did you leave her a hint about the BB gun in her Look! magazine?
 
2012-12-01 08:11:49 AM
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2012-12-01 08:13:55 AM

MrEricSir: Why would I want terrible gum and lame comics?


The gum used to be the best part. I expect they've cheapened ingredients several times since the 60s though.
Also Bazooka made the biggest bubbles, though you had to chew the heck out of it and use several packages.
 
2012-12-01 08:15:48 AM

Prey4reign: Funtivities sounds so hip and with it.


Regular activities keep kids busy. Funtivities keep them biz-zay. Consistently and thoroughly.
 
2012-12-01 08:27:18 AM
When I was deployed to Bosnia in 1996 they had this gum there that was like Bazooka Joe but instead of a comic you got a sticker of a naked woman. It was called Bikini Babes. Little kids had the stickers all over their bikes and the American soldiers put the stickers all over everything.

/I can't even being to imagine the shiat storm that would happen if that gum was allowed in America,
 
2012-12-01 08:32:45 AM

Dr.Mxyzptlk.: pissedoffmick: Saved up a billion or so, sent them in (along with S&H) and got a "pearl" handled pocket knife - which my mom took from me immediately.

I remember that phase when as kids we had stacks of Bazooka Joe strips in our pockets - a roll of cash at the table in Vegas couldn't do better.

Where the kid with the turtle neck pulled up to his nose ?


www.themainemarketplace.com
 
2012-12-01 09:06:58 AM

Brontes: FloydA: Brontes: RIP Bazooka Bill

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RIP Bazooka Bill

That's not Bazooka Bill, THIS is Bazooka Bill

www.blisteredthumbs.net


I did not expect to see that on Fark.

I spent countless hours playing that game on my C64. A few years ago I payed it again using an emulator, and in retrospect I have no idea what it was I saw in it. It's a terrible game. Yet somehow I adored it despite owning many, many games which are far better.

I think it may have been the flamethrower. Not many of those in games at the time.
 
2012-12-01 09:07:01 AM

cretinbob: [paradiseleased.files.wordpress.com image 240x290] 
RIP Bazooka Joe


Nice reference! My nephew is a trombone player in high school, so we made him a bazooka out of PVC pipe. Great tone, limited range.
 
2012-12-01 09:13:43 AM
farm3.static.flickr.comi1101.photobucket.com

couple of favourites as a kid
/yes, I have all my teeth...er..all the teeth I have are mine.
 
2012-12-01 09:44:34 AM

TheSwizz: As long as I can still buy this, we're good.


Back when i cleaned windows I was in some guys house and noticed some Big League Chew on the counter. At first, I thought "Wow. Haven't seen that stuff in a while." But upon further inspection I realized the package actually said Big League JEWS and had a photo of his two sons holding baseball bats in place of where the normal graphic would be. It was awesome.
 
2012-12-01 10:07:52 AM
Goodnight, Gummy Clan.
 
2012-12-01 10:22:58 AM
Say it ain't so, Joe.
 
2012-12-01 10:28:59 AM
Dad: You got beat by a mere girl?
Bazooka Joe: But dad, girls aren't as mere as they used to be.

Not so much funny, but I remember that comic opening up a new world of language for me. Back then, grammar wasn't abused like that in kids' literature.
 
2012-12-01 10:48:11 AM
and digital codes that can be used to unlock online content


fark whoever came up with that. IN THE ASS.
 
2012-12-01 11:09:10 AM
First Twinkies, now this? Woe is me.
 
2012-12-01 11:18:52 AM
Old news is exciting! Submitted this days ago and it was redlit.
 
2012-12-01 11:27:49 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: cretinbob: [paradiseleased.files.wordpress.com image 240x290] 
RIP Bazooka Joe

Nice reference! My nephew is a trombone player in high school, so we made him a bazooka out of PVC pipe. Great tone, limited range.


I still kick myself for not buying one I saw in an antique store years ago

www.flamesofwar.com
 
2012-12-01 11:29:26 AM
Every year around Passover, the supermarket carries Bazooka gum from Israel, because its made with cane sugar instead of HFCS. Naturally, the comics are in Hebrew, and just as humorous as they are in English.
 
2012-12-01 11:29:27 AM
So when culture has purged all the little cheesy things in favor of hip, edgy things, will little cheesy things be cool again?
 
2012-12-01 11:49:24 AM
Instead, the new design will feature "saturated hues like fuchsia and yellow."

Because nothing says "bazooka" like the color fuchsia.
 
2012-12-01 12:59:24 PM
I still miss Seven-Up candy bars, even after all these years.

/still refuses to drink 7up
//because of them buying up and then killing the candy bar
 
2012-12-01 01:02:59 PM

CipollinaFan: What's the point of buying Bazooka Joe now?


Perhaps you have some molars that need to be chipped?
 
2012-12-01 01:24:50 PM
I came here to make a joke about the gum being made of stone, but I see it's been covered. For those who didn't enjoy the sensation of chewing through solid granite:

www.aerojockey.com
 
2012-12-01 01:34:54 PM

cretinbob: Makh: Were they ever funny or interesting?

When you are an 8 year old, yes.


I'm not sure I thought they were funny even when I was eight. But then, that was sort of the appeal--the gum was hard as a rock and the comic wasn't funny, but there was a certain cynical comfort in knowing Bazooka gum was always consistently and reliably bad.
 
2012-12-01 02:01:17 PM
Even as a child of the sixties, I never thought they were funny, just lame.
 
2012-12-01 02:06:41 PM
Yeah, the stuff was hard as a rock, but it was cheap. I can't remember if the Bazooka Joes were a penny or a nickel a crack though. I remember there was a Corner Store (that was it's actual name) a little ways from the school where they had bags of candy and gum for 50 cents some for 1 that would have the appropriate amount of penny or nickel candy in them. There was Bazooka Joe, Fortune Gum, individual sticks of gum that had a silly fortune in them and the wrapper had an Asian motif. There was Laffy Taffy (that shiat was hard as a rock), the various flavored chews that were basically flavored Tootsie Rolls, Jolly Ranchers, cigarette gum, jawbreakers, and those ridiculously huge jawbreakers that would take you a week to finish.

/if you kept the gum and laffy taffy in your pocket they eventually softened up enough to chew easily if it didn't leak out of the wrapper and stick to your pocket.
 
2012-12-01 02:29:00 PM
 
2012-12-01 02:39:49 PM
Mort is dead.
 
2012-12-01 02:43:59 PM

aerojockey: I came here to make a joke about the gum being made of stone, but I see it's been covered. For those who didn't enjoy the sensation of chewing through solid granite:

[www.aerojockey.com image 560x396]


The grape flavored one tasted oh-so-delicious though
 
2012-12-01 02:59:40 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Between this and the end of Nintendo Power magazine, I'm getting hit hard in the nostalgia.
===================================================================== = ===

Nintendo Power is ending?!?! NOO!


Oh... and bazooka Joe was still around?! I didn't even know that. Last memories I ever had of Bazooka Joe gum was eating some in peewee baseball 20 years ago.
 
2012-12-01 03:05:50 PM
The comic strip was only 60 years old, but the jokes were typical of popular humour in the period from 1750 to 1940.

And I have read a Hell of a lot of cartoons. I'm serious. They remind me of very early PUNCH magazine filler (1840s onwards) and jestbooks from before the Civil War in the US and UK. Heavy on puns and dumb literalism (seen above).

They were ancient groaners when I learned to read. Any person old enough to chew gum found Bazooka Joe jokes lamer than your Aunt Tilly's dog.

Does your Mother know you are out?
 
2012-12-01 03:27:47 PM

xanadian: And Hostess going the way of the dodo.


Indeed.

Oh lawdy, the times are a-changin'...


jake3988: Nintendo Power is ending?!?! NOO!


Sadly, yes.

There's a greenlit Fark thread about it.

The article link will take you to a pic of the last Nintendo Power magazine cover, which brings the whole thing to a nice full-circle kinda deal.
(pops, not The Final Countdown)
 
2012-12-01 11:13:17 PM

Brontes: RIP Bazooka Bill


They're replacing him with a 21st-century guy, AK-47 Aidan.
 
2012-12-02 01:58:47 AM
Stupid idea keep Bazooka Joe! I see s marketing rep getting fired over this soon.
 
2012-12-02 04:00:26 AM

bryen: I miss candy cigarettes more. Real ones too. Why'd I quit?


You can still get candy cigarettes:

http://www.amazon.com/World-Candy-Confections-Cigarettes/dp/B001BU0J EK

They're called something lame like "Candy sticks" though...
 
2012-12-02 01:33:14 PM
Make the gum better. Keep the cheesy cartoons.
 
2012-12-02 07:00:44 PM
And another bit of my childhood is violated, dismembered, and left in several Dumpsters. :. (
 
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