The Saturday Comics: Monkeys in the Mail

2 Feb

February 2, 2015


Here’s a classic comic book ad I came across recently. Trust me, you’ll love it.

tiny dog ad


Of course, there is clearly a scam going on here. They are pretty desperate to get those snapshots, and not just for the “forty-nine cents and a few cents for our c.o.d. service plus postage.” And notice that the studio in the separate ad on the bottom of the page has virtually the same address as the main ad. So I can’t pin it down, but my Spidey-sense is definitely tingling.

Spidey-Monkey Sense

But this ad has maybe the best offer I ever saw. Better than Sea-Monkeys, better than x-ray specs, this is a real, live, miniature dog, the same kind Paris Hilton and the rest of the Hollywood airhead-types carry around in their purses. (BTW- think those dogs poop in there?) Or, and this is even better, A MONKEY! THROUGH THE MAIL! “Healthy and very intelligent.”

I said before this is a scam, and I can’t believe they’d send living critters in the mail “ENTIRELY AT MY EXPENSE,” and no, it isn’t clear who “MY” refers to.

But oh, to live in a world where young boys can get free monkeys in the mail! I can’t believe that every kid in America didn’t send in a coupon and break the world monkey market in the process.







6 Responses to “The Saturday Comics: Monkeys in the Mail”

  1. Mac of BIOnighT February 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    OK, let me see if I got it right: in order to have what is probably a tiny, cheap plastic reproduction of a dog or a monkey, you have to pay for an enlargement you ordinarily wouldn’t know what to do with, and – if I’m not mistaken – you also wind up paying for a second hand-colored enlargement without knowing how much you’ll pay for this second pic. Correct? Looks like a great bargain, let me see what photo of me I could send them…


    • bmj2k February 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

      I don’t believe anyone got a living pet either, but the ad does say “healthy and intelligent,” “loving and affectionate,” and other things that strongly imply this is a real, live animal. I guess laws against false advertising were not nearly as strong back then. But I think there is more to the scam. I think the company will also get rights to own and publish any pictures they receive, so they can use them in ads or whatever they want- calendars, etc.


      • Mac of BIOnighT February 2, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

        Laws against false advertising were basically non-existent, judging from what you can hear in OTR shows and the ads in comic books ;-P


  2. allenkeyes February 16, 2015 at 5:53 pm #

    Stan Lee and Marvel never explained away that unique and horrible acne Peter Parker had…


    • bmj2k February 16, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

      Radioactive spider acne! The proportionate pimples of a spider. (Sounds disgusting.)


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