Within the past two years I've started collecting comics again. Yes, I know, a backslide. A nasty habit I thought I'd broken myself of. Well, I have actually. No longer do I buy overpriced NEW
comics with two page spread artwork to pad space because they want to take a two issue (at best) storyline and draw it out into six issues. Nope, the comic companies would shrivel and die if they depended on me.
What I am collecting is old '70s DC Horror, Weird Western Tales, and Jonah Hex. Beautiful artwork, fantastic stories that usually conclude in one issue, and if I end up paying $3.-$5. dollars an issue I'm no worse than if I was buying the totally unsatisfying new stuff.
I discovered an added bonus is the advertisements like this one:
WOW! For only a dollar! Of course the ad is designed to lure in a 7-9 year old kid, but think of those hours of imagination it brought to many.
Check the link here
for more about these giants that once stalked the comic pages.
At the link there's mention of this other character.
Sure, in the end he's just a balloon and a plastic sheet on a fishing wire, but what were you really expecting?
After seeing so many of these ads, of course it lead to the research above, and there were many other tales of advertised rocket ships and submarines which turned out to be decorated cardboard boxes. One of my favorites was the tale of the log cabin which, in the end, turned out to be a plastic tent designed to go over a card table.
This research made me wonder if some of these things were even still available. Taking inflation into consideration you can actually still
get this stuff. Frankentstein is more like $8. now but that's to be expected.
You can find him and this whole world of imagination and nostalgia here at http://www.thelandofsecrets.com/
I guess in these times where the toys practically do everything for the kids, and everything
requires batteries, it's nice to see these comic book snake oil salesmen weaving their tales and selling the stuff dreams are made of.