RememBear This: Bazooka Gum

Bazooka Gum

Bazooka Gum

The Original Bazooka Joe! What a cool cat. Really…the cat’s pajamas this guy was. Practally a Miles Davis of my era. Look at him with his eye-patch. Although the flavor of this gum lasted all but 30 seconds it stayed chewable for hours on end…..and for $.05 you got a piece and a comic! What better deal is there really?

Comics were all the rage for me at that time. I collected Spawn & Savage Dragon and couldn’t get enough of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic or Falling Up. I would read Calvin and Hobbes religiously and who can forget Gary Larson’s The Farside! Oh to be young and carefree again, chewing my Bazooka having a good read.

It’s always nice to get what you paid for (the gum) and receive an extra little bonus (the comic). Kind of like a fortune cookie, you get your dessert and and little mental dessert too. Or like the rice candy you get from the Vietnamese pedicurist…..oh never mind, I wouldn’t know about that….I meant the candy cane from the barber.

What’s your favorite little bonus treat?

Bazooka Joe Comic

Bazooka Joe Comic

Funny because it's so true!

Funny because it's so true!

7 comments on “RememBear This: Bazooka Gum

  1. I was all into the prizes in cereal and in cracker jacks! I love bazooka too. I remember getting it from my tutor when I was done with my session!

  2. My jaw feels sore just thinking about Bazookas! Nice cheap little noveltys but horrible gum!

    For me these take me back to the days of little league where every week I would take my $1 bill and get a 25 cent watermelon water ice, a 50 cent pink lemonade jolly rancher (big stick) and then five 5 cent bazookas.

    Then I discovered for $1 I could get some big league chew and i never looked back.

  3. Pasquinel says:

    Yep. Those Bazooka comics were pretty rad but Big League Chew was my gum of choice back then. Didn’t it use to come with some sort of trading cards?

    Cereal premiums. Cereal makers were so generous back then. The fondest ones I can recall were the Flintstones crank-up cars, the Tony the Tiger floatation figurine that would bob up and down when squeezed in a soda bottle, the LEGO minis from various cereal makers. By far my favorite was a postcard-sized hologram insert found in Froot Loops of Toucan Sam gliding past a snake wrapped around a tree because it was one of the most eye-popping images I’d ever seen.

    Spawn? I used to remember collecting those comics because there was so much detail in the art style compared to the bland simple brushstrokes found in the DC/Marvel variants. I don’t read or collect comics anymore but I’m now rather hesitant to consider Spawn a good, much less mediocre, comic. The HBO animated series, on the other hand, was rather decent.

  4. Yum Yucky says:

    Oh yea. I’d open these babies up in Chemistry class and crack up with my skate boarder dude buddies. We got in trouble a lot. And I got a “D”.

  5. Bunny says:

    I remember the pieces always being rock hard.

  6. Bear Silber says:

    @Erin Brooks – Yes, cereal toys FTW! Do you have a favorite one you remember? I always like the spoons that would change color in the cold milk.

    @Gregory Ng – Haha, so true…it’s like a mini-workout to chew this stuff. I challenge you to see who can chomp on the most at a time.

    @Pasquinel – I know right? What the heck happened to the cereal premiums? Now all they have is the boxtop clubs. Lame.

    @Yum Yucky – … you opened up babies in Chemistry class….I don’t know to know where you went to school.

    @Bunny – ….your recollection is correct 😛

  7. gernade says:

    I like this thing. I buy it for my nephew and he’s very happy. I see this thing is worth your money.

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