Kool-Aid Man's Komics Kareer

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/kool-aid-mans-komics-kareer/

Occasionally I run across this panel on Reddit, laugh, and wonder what the context here was. Was Kool-Aid Man in a comic book? Is this some sort of weird product placement? And exactly how would Kool-Aid Man / human romance . . . uh . . . work? May I Kiss You Kool-Aid Man? It turns out that Kool-Aid Man has been featured in at least two comic series, albeit both were short lived. In the mid-1970s, General Foods produced its own two-issue Kool-Aid Comics. This was an item that could be redeemed by returning 5 Kool-Aid envelopes or a single 10-quart can (that must have been fun to ship). General Foods’ Kool-Aid Komics No. 1 General Foods’ Kool-Aid Komics No. 2 Then in the early 1980s, Archie Comics began publishing The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man comic book series that lasted for seven very irregularly published issues. With dozens of…