April 27, 2012

Freakin' Friday! Sea Monkeys and X-ray Spex


Ah, the power of advertising. What kid of the 60's didn't covet the X-ray Spex and Sea Monkeys when reading comic books? Not to mention 7-foot tall monsters and turning into a "he-man" with the help of Charles Atlas? Collector and historian Kirk Demarais was so influenced by these objects that he purchased many of them back then as well as now and ended up writing a book about the subject.

Written last fall, Mail Order Mysteries exposes what 150 of these products really did. It all started when he made the short film "Flip" in 2004 that impressed the S.S, Adams novelty company enough to hire him to write "Life of the Party" in 2006.

Read the books, watch the short, check out an interview with Demarais and, just for the record, Sea Monkeys are actually brine shrimp. X-ray Spex are glasses with cardboard lenses with a small hole in the center with a feather that made skin appear distorted. Don't shoot the messenger.

Via Collectors Weekly

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at April 27, 2012 10:44 AM

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