Get Rich $1 at a Time!

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

Sorry to do two ’70s in a row, but I need to get around to scanning in more comics, so for the time being, we’re stuck in the ’70s!

Here’s yet another get-rich-quick scheme (“$15 or more in every spare hour”!), but at least this one seems like less of a scam (at least based on the info they tell you) – they send you a sample kit for free, and you just sell what you can. So at least if you don’t sell anything, you’re not out anything.


My favorite part about this is the door plate at the bottom… for The Simpson Family! Though “God Bless Our Home” sounds much more like something that would be found on the Flanders home!


Super Hero Time Machine!

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

A Super Hero Time Machine?! Sign me up! Oh, wait, it’s just a wristwatch – still cool, but not quite as impressive. I find it interesting that Spider-Man is included here, since all the other characters are DC (and this is in a DC book).


I thought the prices seemed kind of steep, especially for a comic book of this time: $19.95 and $23.95. I would’ve expected about $5-$10 for something like this back then. So just out of curiosity I looked up a historical currency converter, and it told me that $20 back then would be the equivalent of $80 today! I thought that was way too much and had to be wrong, but upon checking a few others, the answers were pretty consistently around $75-$80! So these were some pretty high ticket items! It makes me wonder how many people actually bought them.

Get an Actual Replica!

September 1963

X-Men #1

You can get a FREE $100,000 Confederate bill! That’s right, this “lots-of-fun actual replica” – wait a minute – “actual replica”?? They’re boasting about the authenticity of a reproduction?


I also like the “Free China – our ally” bit – this was smack dab in the middle of the Cold War, so whether or not someone was Communist was a big deal back then!

Don’t Spend Coins – SELL Coins!

September 1963

X-Men #1

Buying and selling money seems a bit redundant to me, but with prices like this, how could you say no? $11,750 for a silver dollar? Sign me up!


I’ve got a penny from 1911 sitting on my desk (that I just randomly got in change somewhere), so according to this ad, I could get up to $4,800 for it!

…But somehow I get the feeling that I would be very disappointed if I actually expected to get that much for it.

Paying $1 for Pennies!?

September 1963

X-Men #1

Coins! Coins!! COINS!!! This is our second installment from Centre Coin Company – in the 1972 installment, they’re only looking to buy coins, but in this one, the focus is on selling!


However, they do have quite an offer – fill the penny album they send you, and you’ll get $150! Makes me wonder just how rare some of those pennies are and how many kids (if any) actually cashed in on this deal.


$10,000 for a Penny? I’m a Millionaire!!

December 1972

Jungle Action #2

A penny that’s worth $10,000?! That’s amazing! I could possibly have one in my possession right now! If only I knew what year it was from… oh wait, it’s covered in the ad. I guess the only way to know is to buy their catalog!


I actually have a penny from 1911 on my desk (which I randomly got in change somewhere), so it looks like I’ve got $200 coming to me! Awesome!