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Way, way back when I first started this blog I posted up an introduction to Oink! which included the hype surrounding the release of the new comic before its launch. This included leaflets sent exclusively to newsagents, telling them all about the new comic, its contents and how to order it for their shops. There was also another 4-page publication readers of other IPC Magazine comics had fall out of their favourite weeklies, subtly called a 'blockbuster advert'. Well, it appears this idea was something Fleetway decided to carry over after taking on the former publisher's comics. Just like Oink!, Super Naturals had both a preview issue and one of these so-called blockbusters.
At the same bigger-than-A4 size of the comic itself it surely must've made an impact when that Sandy James-illustrated face fell out of readers' regular comics. I don't remember getting this inside any Oink!s so it must've been restricted to the action titles such as 2000AD, Eagle etc, which makes sense. This would've been released on to the unsuspecting public at Hallowe'en, the same day as the premiere issue, the idea being to have a perfectly themed advert that would tempt people to get back down to their newsagent straight away.
The back page shows off the cover of the first issue and I always did love the way Fleetway adverts like this (Oink! did it too) would draw the actual pages behind the comic, like they were showing off the fact this was an actual, full comic we were being sold and making them look like really meaty reads. The free gift takes pride of place and I have to say if I had seen this I would've been back down the shop in and instant.
There was definitely a big promotional push behind Super Naturals both in terms of the toys and the comic. This blockbuster advertisement came a week after the same comics would've already given away the aforementioned preview issue. It was all set to be a hit for Tonka and Fleetway, but alas it was not to be. But let's not get hung up on that, let's enjoy the journey through all the issues (and more) of this exciting, creepy, scary read. Will it hold up to the chills I remember? Let's find out.