Record Your Voice at Home!

September 1963

X-Men #1

When it comes to technology, we’re pretty spoiled these days – everyone has phones that can perform a million and one functions that in previous decades, would’ve required many various pieces of expensive equipment. That’s why I think you really have to put yourself in a 1960s’ mindset to really appreciate just how cool this really is.


Record your voice at home! You can make your own records! With anything you want on them!! This was well before cassettes, and while reel-to-reels existed at this time, they weren’t nearly as commonplace as records were, and most families wouldn’t have had any practical means of audio recording.

Of course, I have no idea what the quality was like for this – for all I know, it could’ve been terrible! But I still think this is an exceptionally cool idea, and I’m sure quite a few people got pretty excited about this back in the day!

In the Days Before Internet…

April 1980

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #7

Remember when people had attention spans? Well back in my day, people didn’t need TV and the internet for their entertainment! They could listen to stories and use their imaginations for the rest!


Here we have a broad assortment of stories on record (and even some on cassette!) for you to choose from! SUPER ENTERTAINMENT, SUPER VALUE indeed!

With a Deal Like That, How Could You Say No?

December 1972

Jungle Action #2

Ah, Columbia House, I remember spending way too much time looking at your ads, deciding which albums I would pick out from the ones listed… I never actually did join the record club, but as a kid obsessed with music, I always enjoyed looking at their ads.


I like to think of ads like this as a sort of time capsule – here you get to see all the latest and greatest hits of 1972, and that can really reflect what was going on at that time.

I always associated Columbia House ads more with magazines than comic books, but most of the ads in this issue of Jungle Action seemed to be aimed at a more mature crowd.

And on a side note, I never imagined that I would need a tag for Engelbert Humperdink on this blog, but I guess this ad just proved me wrong!