I’m Happy to Help Heroes!

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

Yes! I’ll take all of it, please!!! Here we’ve got vintage ’70s DC action figures, along with a Barbie-style Wonder Woman doll, the four story Wayne Foundation, and the Batmobile with an exploding bridge! That’s a whole lot of fun and excitement packed into this page!

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I seem to remember, as a kid, there being a Barbie mansion that looked suspiciously similar to the Wayne Foundation pictured here – what do you wanna bet they just took the same toy and gave it a new cardboard backdrop?!

I’m guessing that a lot of you don’t recognize Isis, since she’s not a major DC character like most of the others. Well, a few years ago I stumbled across her TV show while flipping through the channels. My first thought was, “Wow, this is a total rip-off of Wonder Woman!” But it turns out that Isis was actually on TV first!

 

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First-Named Stars of the ’70s

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

It’s posters of all of the hottest stars! … from 1978. Here we’ve got a set of five posters: Farrah Fawcett, John Travolta, Jaime Sommers, Steve Austin, and Donny & Marie Osmond – all for only $2! That’s right: You can get the Six Million Dollar Man for only $2 – actually, since you get five posters, that means the Six Million Dollar Man would only be 40¢! That’s more than 99.99% savings!

Or, if you’d prefer, you could also order the set of Kiss, the Hardy Boys, Grizzly Adams, Kristy McNichol, and Baretta.

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A couple things of note here: Of the actors, their real names are used for half and their characters’ names for the other half. That seems odd to me – I wonder why they did it that way? Maybe the actors themselves weren’t as well known as their characters? Anyway, I don’t think this incarnation of Steve Austin is nearly as exciting as the last one I featured!

Also, they have a name spelled wrong! “Jamie” is supposed to be “Jaime” – the i is on the wrong side of the m!

 

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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.

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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!

 

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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).

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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.

 

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