Thursday, April 26, 2012

Back in the early days of comic book publishing one of the reasons the books were printed at all was to aid in securing bulk mailing rights for items that could not normally go through the mail and to sell novelties. If you collected comics back in the 1960’s or earlier you would be offered 1,000,000,000 toy soldiers for only $1.99!! Or SEA MONKEYS…whatever they were. You could buy X-Ray Specs or sell SHOES. You could avoid being a 98 pound weakling who was always getting sand kicked in his face. The variety was endless. Looking back on it these advertisements are pretty funny. But in the days of Yore (or even mine), comic ads were big business. Here are some of my favorites from the 1940’s and 1950’s
Because western heroes never left the prairie without their trusty flashlights.
“Johnny put your hand grenade away and do your homework.” …yeah…that’ll work.
This is severely creepy!
Hey kids! Find Uranium! Irradiate your friends! Raise cancer rates for the whole family!!!
Because guys really love gals who can tickle their ivories! (did I say that?) And how’s THIS for political correctness?
“Fat folks”? really….REALLY??!! You can’t make this stuff up. That’s 30! Mitch

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