It's just another day in 1945, in the "timberlands of the great Northwest." And then this guy from Mars just shows up right in the middle of the pine forest. Name's Volto. Just thought he'd drop in and say hi.
Hi, how's life on Mars? Oh, not too bad. How's it going here in the timberlands? It's peachy, all right. Lots of timber, lots of land!
And also lots of interesting fashion choices. Volto seems to have stolen Superman's extra leotard as well as Little Red Riding Hood's trademark headgear. And the forest ranger is wearing a bright yellow shirt teamed with lavender pants and a matching hat.
It's what they're wearing this spring in the national parks - now at all participating department stores.
So much for fashion... now it's time to cue the forest fire. Jimmy (some kid who's hanging around, I don't know why) was probably smoking a cheroot behind a pine tree and wasn't listening to Smokey the Bear - hey, where is Smokey the Bear, anyway? That's a little suspicious. OK, make a note of that. We'll try and bring him in for questioning later.
Anyway, a burning tree is about to fall on Jimmy's head but Volto uses his magnetic hands to move the tree away. One hand attracts stuff, the other repels. That really could be very useful. Think how much cleaning you could get done. Or at least you could shove things under beds and into closets really fast if unexpected company dropped by. Maybe Volto could drop by my house later and do some decluttering.
I'd better make sure there's plenty of cereal on hand, though. Because after Volto saves the day, he likes a little snack. You know how that is. First comes the adrenalin rush, next thing you know you're hungry. Especially for "the dandiest whole-grain cereal on earth," Grape Nut Flakes.
And Volto likes it - he really likes it! He even wants to take some back to Mars. To which Jimmy says, philosophically, we can't be magnetic like him but we sure can get energy from Grape Nut Flakes - the cereal with neither grapes nor nuts. No magnets, either. OK, I'm sold. I'm giving up on Cocoa Krispies and making the switch!
How about you? What were your favorite cereals as a kid? Please do tell.
[Advertisement from November 1945 edition of the comic book Black Terror, found on Wikimedia. It's a little bigger over there if you want the full thrilling read. I didn't make it bigger here because otherwise it will take my blog so much time to load, you could go out to the store and buy Grape Nut Flakes, and come back and eat a bowlful, before it finally loaded up. And that's no fun! ]