Get Your Very Own… Lizard… Tree?

September 1963

X-Men #1

At first glance, I thought this ad was for some kind of pet, but on closer inspection, it actually appears to be some kind of plant.

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I’m struck by the bizarreness of this – both the plant itself (which I have no idea of what it actually is), and the fact that it’s being marketed as a lizard!

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Supplying the Never-Ending Need for Greeting Cards

December 1972

Jungle Action #2

Here’s yet another ad trying to tempt kids with fantastic prizes in exchange for hocking stuff to their friends and family.

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The thing that strikes me the most about this is the over-contoured faces of the kids – really, artist, I think you’ve got plenty of detail there!

The Creation of Creation Cons

March 1985

G.I. Joe #33

Considering how huge and insane comic conventions have become in the last decade or so, sometimes it’s hard to imagine that they haven’t always been gigantic media spectacles. This simple list of upcoming events from Creation almost seems quaint.

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I wish they had prices listed – I’d love to be able to compare it to today’s tickets!

Back When $25/Week Was a GOOD Thing

September 1963

X-Men #1

Ah, the good old days – back before cars had computers, and average Joes could fix cars themselves without having to spend a fortune on fancy equipment. It seems that back in the ’60s auto mechanics were in high demand, and could get pretty decent pay too!

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I think my favorite part about this ad is the “Portable Viso-Analyzer,” available only through CTI. Based on the fact that I’ve never heard of it before, I’m going to guess that either calling it “the most versatile of all trouble-shooting instruments” is a bit of an exaggeration, or it’s just a fancy name for a multimeter.