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Superheroes are very big in our house. Oddly enough, superhero ads kept popping up this week like Clark Kent when Superman is nowhere in sight. Double bonus, they were illustrated — some pretty badly — which means the dear husband was peppered with emails that began “OMG! Have you seen this?!!”

Each one of these is an actual ad. I have no idea if the ads are officially licensed.

Power House Health Clubs, India

Wow, Batman has really let himself go.

It’s really sad when someone immigrates here, adopts the standard American diet (S.A.D.) and develops a weight problem.

Aunt May’s cooking finally caught up with Spider-man.

Sammy 400 Osteoarthritis Therapy, India

I know what you’re going to ask. Is there a second ad in this series? Yes, it features Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush. And yes, it’s equally creepy.

Samsung Quick Cool Air Conditioners, India (I’m seeing a trend here.)

Hulk look confused.

What have we learned here? Is it that illustrated superhero ads are huge in India? Is it that we’re all so familiar with superheroes that even a bad illustration can’t muddle the message of red trunks over blue tights? I’m honestly not sure. So in the immortal words of Jeff Albertson “Worst. Episode. Ever.”

 

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