Very Cool! Solves the X-ray specs question! I remember two novelty items I had, 
though neither was purchased from the back of a comic book. One was what looked 
like a machine for rolling "cigarettes", where a blank piece of paper the size 
of a dollar bill was concealed inside. I'd ask someone for a dollar, saying I'd 
smooth it out for them - out would come plain paper instead! The other one was 
an Uncle Fester lightbulb, from the Addams Family show. I'd put it in my mouth, 
with a penny on my tongue (no worries about choking hazards back then), and the 
lightbulb would light up! 

--- In, "Seraphita" <s3raphita@...> wrote:
> Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads!
> Doc, you might want to check out this book. Click the link, then click
> on the Look Inside option and scroll down. This is a real Aladdin's cave
> of the sort of tacky products that fired the imaginations of
> impressionable kids back in the day. It also shows the reality of what
> gullible buyers actually ended up with. I'm going to have to order a
> copy!
> X
> <\
> 6X>
> --- In, doctordumbass@  wrote:
> >
> > I always wanted the Sea Monkeys, or the X-Ray glasses.
> >

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