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The Late Movies: Apple's Commercials

Twenty-eight years ago, the recently departed Steve Jobs unveiled the first Macintosh computer. It was the first personal computer to utilize a mouse and a graphical user interface rather than a command-line interface, making it accessible to the masses. It was the most successful personal computer in history and, as we all know, Apple became a technological super-power. Today, we take a look back at some of Apple's unique and notable commercials.

1984

This is the very first Apple commercial. Is it just me or is this a little unsettling?

Think different.

Perhaps the most famous of all Apple's advertisements, this promotion took on a deeper meaning after the death of Steve Jobs.

Mashup

Here's a collection of almost all of Apple's commercials over the last decade or so. (Totally worth 10 minutes of viewing!)

Mac vs. PC

"Are you a Mac or a PC?" became a common questions in households all over America.

iPod

These icon commercials became synonymous with the Apple brand and were often spoofed in popular culture.

iPad

This ad originally aired during the 2012 2010 Oscars.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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