Every year Comic Con bulldozes attendees with thousands of advertisements. And while many marketing campaigns are exceptionally clever, a few are just epic fail. Here are the best of the worst of comic con's badvertising.

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Additional reporting and pictures by Lauren Davis and Annalee Newitz.

Free Hand Jobs. These poor girls. We're not hating on the models, you gotta pay the rent check somehow. But shame, shame, shame, shame on whatever company wanted them to hand out flyers that said "Free Hand Jobs" with matching tank tops. We didn't even know what they were hawking. And let me tell you google searching "free hand jobs" did not turn up anything that we particularly wanted to buy.

UPDATE: Commenter _MARVKO_ pointed out that the Hand Job girls are hawking hand-grips. The commercial is nuts.

Chik-fil-A superhero cows urge you to eat more chicken.

They were handing out sandwiches [fantastic] and a full superhero cow comic book [tragedy].

Yikes

The Phantom puts as much effort into its marketing campaign as it did the movie.

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[via Rad Nerd who has an amazing flickr gallery of Con images]

The Little Princess by Jack Chick publications. If you're not aware of this series of ridiculously insulting religious comics, consider yourself lucky. Chick uses black and white comics which feature little girls on their death beds to teach people how to get to heaven. They are terrifying.

Paranormal Activity trading cards? Let's hope they have card where the girl sits outside in the cold, brushes her teeth, or goes swimming!

This is a real book.

Fandango

Part of the Clash of The Titans Fun Zone. The fun is too much.

Not really an ad, but still, they were selling Dakimakura body pillows!

Is this what Seth Rogen will be wearing as well?