Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Comic Book Ads!

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It's time for comic book ads, and the first one this time around is from All True Crime #28 -- you'd think it would've been from a western comic, wouldn't you? You know, I'm okay with the belt and wallet here... but the pocket flashlight? One of these things is not like the others...

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Here's something that goes to show you that sometimes, an idea is not as original as you thought it was! Check this out -- the exact same thing that they used to sell in the 1970s as a Comic Saver Album -- and it's a binder with page protectors in it! Well, okay, so this one is actually a bit different, because it seems like you actually bind your books into it! I've never seen one of these things turn up at a comic book convention, and you'd think that at least one kid got this thing and put his books in it, and have it survive to the present day!

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From the same issue, here's a page that I included for two reasons: 1) To show what lengths they'd go to at Marvel in this era to fill in one of these Shop By Mail pages, and 2) To show the absolutely ridiculous Hubba-Hubba Wallet!

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What in the heck was this about? Sending old clothes in the mail to get microscope sets? Was postage really so cheap back then that you could do that and not spend the same money you'd spend to buy this microscope set? Unfortunately, there seems to be no information on the Gibson-Page Company, who placed this ad. I've never heard of such a thing, have you? OK, you probably can't read all the small print... but to get the "Scientific" Microscope (yes, they had quotes there, too) you'd need to send in 200 lbs. of old clothes! The Scout Kit is at the other end of the scale, requiring 20 lbs. of old clothes. I'm not sure I want to know what they did with the old clothes!

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