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Top Ad Campaigns of the 20th Century

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3. Marlboro's "Marlboro Man"

Year: 1955
Agency: Leo Burnett Co.

It doesn't get much more iconic than this. As AdAge.com wrote of this legendary ad campaign, "The most powerful—and in some quarters, most hated—brand image of the century, the Marlboro Man stands worldwide as the ultimate American cowboy and masculine trademark, helping establish Marlboro as the best-selling cigarette in the world.

"Today, even a mention of the Marlboro Man as an effective ad icon brings protests from health-care workers who see firsthand the devastation wrought by decades of cigarette smoking. More than any other issue, the ethics of tobacco advertising—both morally and legally—have divided the advertising industry."

Video: Visit "Marlboro Country"

Source: AdAge.com