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And where is 11 year-old Carl B. Rudd Jr. now, anyway?
I don't know if anyone will ever see this post since it's a comment on a post from 2009, but I feel the need to do it anyway. I have a true nostalgic love for the contents on the "Continued After Next Page" pages. Last night I was reading Marvel's Fear #9 comic from 1972 and saw the above Blair ad with Carl B Rudd Jr. of Ohio.
I've often wondered about what became of the kids in comic book ads, and the people's who wrote in on the letter pages. A Google search for Carl led me to this post, and actually to this blog for the very first time. The search first led me to Carl's obituary notice.
If it's the same Carl B Rudd Jr. of Ohio as the one in the ad Carl passed away in Ohio in September of 2009 at the age of 54. So at the time of the post wondering where he was now, he had been dead for 3 years. His obituary said he was born in 1952 and was a Vietnam veteran. When the issue of Fear I was reading was published Carl would have been 20 years old, 9 years older than his 11 year old self in the ad. When the comic was published Carl was probably in Vietnam or on his way to or from there.
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