Back in the summer of 1993, the Fleer company was owned by Marvel Comics, and they were promoting their upcoming Halloween lineup. For today’s post, I’ve selected a fun Fleer Halloween trade ad from that year and I’m going to share a few highlights from it — putting a special focus on Fleer’s classic novelty candy container treat — Mr. Bones!
First up, here’s the ad in full:
Over the years, I’ve managed to pick up a few of the pieces featured in this ad, though there are a few more I’m still hunting for (I’m looking at you, Fleer’s Korn Heads).
Now here’s a great Halloween-themed cellophane tube of bubble gum I picked up a few years ago – Bloodsuckers!
The whole bubblegum as “staining your mouth red” also appeared to be the hook for Fleer’s Bucket O’ Blood:
Here’s another piece I’ve been fortunate enough to add to my collection – Scare Crows!
Next up is my Mummies and Deadies box. I wasn’t sure what this candy was when I first found this unopened example a few years ago. But I would learn upon receiving it that Mummies and Deadies was an early 90’s repackaged version of Fleer’s classic treat, Mr. Bones:
Mr. Bones was first produced and sold by Fleer in the late 1970’s. I was a fan of Mr. Bones as a kid as they were simply the coolest candy containers you could find – neat little coffins and candy pieces that could be assembled into a skeleton. Here’s one I assembled from old Mr. Bones candy pieces:
Now, here are an assortment of the Mr. Bones pieces I’ve gathered over the years:
I had acquired that 24-count Mr. Bones box because I ultimately wanted to be able to set up a box for display. However, the original was in such bad shape that it simply wasn’t going to work.
The following year I was fortunate enough to gain access to an intact 36-count box in great condition. I set out to scan and digitally restore it, and from that digital restoration, create a reproduction of the box to display my original plastic Mr. Bones containers in. Here are the results:
Finally, here are the various colors of Mr. Bones coffins I’ve come across over the years. Fleer first sold Mr. Bones starting in the late 1970’s and was still shipping them into the early 1990’s. Over the years, they likely mixed up the container colors, but I can’t say for sure which came first and when each color came out. Eventually, I’d like to try to figure it out. Here they are:
And that’s everything for today’s post. Tomorrow I should have something a little different for you — so stay tuned.
See you next time!
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