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“It’s a killer-diller!”

“You bet, almost before you know it, a daily 10 minutes with ‘MINI-GYM’ builds you into the kind of real ‘he man’ material bosses want most… and girls go for fastest!” — It pays to read the tiny, tiny type!

How 'Mini-Gym' Turns Plant "Drip" Into Success Dynamo
(1951-1952 or so.)
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The day Bill told off his boss

The day Bill told off his boss
(found in Marvel Team-Up #12 – Spider-Man and the Werewolf – 1972)

The boss’s name is Mr. Bemis. I wonder if he’s any relation to Henry Bemis, the fellow in episode 8 of The Twilight Zone — “Time Enough at Last” — in 1959?

Time Enough at Last
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It’s fun to be fooled, but it’s more fun to fool others.

Fun • Magic • Mystery
(from a 1961 issue of Unknown Worlds)

Fun • Magic • Mystery

It’s Fun to be fooled — but it’s More Fun to fool others

Multiplying Billiard Balls
Loaded Cigars
St. Peter’s Lesson
The Floating-Dancing Handkerchief
Nickels Change to Dimes!
Amazing Finger Chopper Trick
Secret Wonder Mirror
Vanishing Key Mystery
Lit Cigarette Vanishes and then reappears!

Send all orders to The House of a Thousand Mysteries
Dept. AC5-61
Trumbull, Conn.

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Beat Down the Flames

Adventures of the Lee family.
Mike Lee and his sons, Tom and Danny, save a forest.
Lee ad found in Thor #196 (1972)

I have a theory about this ad. When the rangers arrive, they find the Lee family has perished after their cotton clothing caught fire. Two of the last three panels show the forest in pristine pre-fire condition, which indicates that the Lee family is in the afterlife and blissfuly unaware of their horrific deaths. 

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You had me at “Modern Trampoline Construction”

Bicycle Windshield
From a 1961 issue of Unknown Worlds.

I’m guessing the primary purpose of this device was to make it easier for bullies to determine who to kick the crap out of.

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Exposed to Danger

Exposed to Danger
“Exposed to Danger” — (Dell) The “Rifleman” No. 5, Oct. – Dec. 1960

Be A Somebody!

Fun fact: “Punk rock” didn’t exist as a term before Creem’s May 1971 issue. 

CREEM Magazine Comic Book Ad
Found in Marvel Team-Up 12 – 1973 and enlarged some for the interwebs.

Bonus: Check out the short trailer for a CREEM documentary here.

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Today’s Comic Book English Lesson: Owlhoot

Owlhoots!

Quite simply, in Old West times, an owlhoot was a bad guy.

Find out more about owlhoots from Word Histories and True West Magazine.

See? Comic books are good for you!

Smoking is for Squares!

Hey, kitten. There’s a lot going on in this 1964 comic book anti-smoking PSA by DC Comics.

Smoking is for Squares! 1964 DC Comic Book PSA from an issue of Tales of the Unexpected

I’m still not quite sure why Paulette Breen suddenly turns into a 53-year-old truck stop waitress in the fifth panel. Probably from all the pointing. Continue reading

Is this where the phrase “shit the bed” comes from?

She seems nice.

Another fine gem of a scam from an old romance comic book.

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