That Information Is… CLASSIFIED!

January 1978

The Secret Society of Super-Villains #12

It’s been a while since I’ve done a classified page, so here you go! I’m actually kind of surprised to see X-Ray Spex in 1978 – for some reason I thought that was more of a ’50s/’60s thing (but apparently I was mistaken on that).


I think probably my favorite “WTF” ad on this page is: “PARENTS bug you? Try Ego Power! Send $7 for instructions” – ummm… OK… With a (lack of) description like that, it makes me wonder if anybody actually took the bait! (And if any of you out there actually did, then please let me know what this is all about!)


Head of the Class

March 1985

G.I. Joe #33

Time for more classifieds – another grab bag of randomness! As always, we’ve got lots and lots of comics for sale, with a few other things thrown in too.


My favorite things here? 1) The fact that they’re advertising a hypnosis program as a “mental survival kit,” and 2) The disclaimer on the brass knuckle belt buckle: “Novelty purposes only – not intended for other uses.” 😉

King-Size Latex Toys! ;)

September 1963

X-Men #1

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “king-size latex toys,” the first thing that comes to mind isn’t exactly “good clean fun for every youngster!” I guess 1963 was just a simpler, more innocent time.


These toys remind me a lot of Flipit from 1980 – you throw them, and then they land on their feet! Can you even imagine how exciting that must be?! Because I can, and it doesn’t really seem like something that would be terribly entertaining.


(And just for the record – no, I do not own an original copy of X-Men #1, but I do own a 1993 reprint that includes all the original ads.)

Deadpool & Disney – A (Strange) Match Made in Advertising!

January 1997

Deadpool #1

So, in continuing our Deadpool-A-Rama-Thon, I present you with another ad from Deadpool #1 – for 101 Dalmatians(?).


Now, keep in mind that this was long before Disney acquired Marvel, so there wasn’t necessarily any connection between the companies like there is now, which, to me, makes it that much odder to find this ad for a family movie in a book clearly aimed at an older audience. There were a few ads in this issue that just seemed very out of place in Deadpool, but I guess that 1997 was just a simpler, more innocent time…