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Sea-Monkeys and X-Ray Spex

2 years agoArts : The Rumpus Art

Collectors Weekly interviews artist and historian Kirk Demarais about his book Mail-Order Mysteries, which archives the novelties sold at the back of vintage comic books. Demarias discusses the appeal and disappointment that these bizarre products brought to childhood.“They weren’t just toys. Things like X-Ray Spex and the Charles Atlas Fitness Program could improve my life. [...]
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Photos of disappointing items from old comic book ads

Odd : Boing Boing (3 years ago)

Kirk Demarais is the author of the delightful-yet-innocence-crushing book, Mail Order Mysteries. I interviewed him about the book, which reveals the disappointing truth behind fantastic-sounding products such as X-Ray glasses, voice... Read Post

The Bizarre Stuff Sold in the Back of Comic Books

Odd : Neatorama (2 years ago)

Remember the first time you saw an ad for Sea Monkeys? I really wanted some, but never made the order. I figured the X-ray Spex were a rip-off, even in my childhood. Kirk Demarais was fascinated with those ads in the back of comic b... Read Post

Sea-Monkeys and X-Ray Spex: Collecting the Bizarre Stuff Sold in the Back of Comic Books

Odd : Boing Boing (2 years ago)

The delightful Kirk Demarais (interviewed here on Gweek) was interviewed at Collectors Weekly about his terrific book, Mail Order Mysteries. "The ad says, “U-Control 7-foot life-size ghost. It obeys commands indoors and outdoors, ac... Read Post


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