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Black and Blue, but no red

July 6, 2011

When I saw this 1976 ad for the Rolling Stones Black and Blue album, my brain said “something’s missing…” Sure enough, a quick search of the internet showed that the Stones’ lips, especially Mick Jagger’s, had been de-rouged. Here’s the front and back of the actual album:

I pulled this ad out of a DC book, so maybe there’s some sort of rule where they can’t have any man’s lips be redder than the Joker’s. Also, being comicized apparently subtracts about a decade from a person’s face. Jagger almost looks healthy in the ad. Keith Richards still looks like shit, though. I guess that’s his comfort zone.

I should confess that I debated infusing this entire post with Stones song titles, i.e. “I felt great satisfaction yesterday when this ad passed under my thumb…” Even telling anyone that I considered doing that is obnoxious beyond belief. Needless to say, I thought better of it.

You’re welcome.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Thelonious_Nick permalink
    July 6, 2011 9:58 am

    Wild horses couldn’t keep me from commenting on this one.

  2. Nama permalink
    March 28, 2012 9:43 am

    Just found this post via google. Great blog by the way.

    Any help on what specific comic and issue this ad came from?

    Would be interested in looking for the back issue. Big comic and stones fan.


    • March 28, 2012 4:12 pm

      I had to go deep in my scan archives, and I’m not 100% positive, but I’m pretty sure I pulled it out of DC’s Freedom Fighters #3. It’s found in other comics, too.

  3. docvoltage permalink
    June 6, 2013 2:36 pm

    I saw this add in a bunch of comics when it came out and I do not recall anybody wearing lipstick in the Marvel titles. They were just as pasty-faced and weird-looking.

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