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The Bizarre Stuff Sold in the Back of Comic Books

Remember the first time you saw an ad for Sea Monkeys? I really wanted some, but never made the order. I figured the X-ray Spex were a rip-off, even in my childhood. Kirk Demarais was fascinated with those ads in the back of comic books, so much that he made a film about them, went [...]

11 Shameless Comic Book Ads That Cost Us Our Allowance Money

If today’s Generation Y and Z-ers accuse us Baby Boomers of being cynical and distrustful, well, I for one blame it all on comic books. How many of us who grew up in the 1960s and early ’70s were lured by those enticing ads promising everything from X-Ray vision to frolicking, crown-wearing sea monkey pets [...]

The Shocking True Tale Of The Mad Genius Who Invented Sea-Monkeys

Did you ever order Sea Monkeys from an ad in the back of a comic book? The man behind the “Bowlfull of Happiness” was Harold von Braunhut, who’s life was so much more than sea monkeys. The accounts Von Braunhut gave of his adventures in American kitsch are consistently winning. Granted, he makes some claims that [...]

Vintage Bodybuilding Ads of Yesteryear

If you are of a certain age and male then you will remember these ads… in just a few minutes a day you could turn yourself from wimp to He-Man. These adverts nowadays seem somewhat unsophisticated but they must have worked because they ran them for years and years. And years.From the article In the comics [...]