When Comic Books Sold Live Monkeys

For comic book readers of the 1960s and beyond, the for mail-order items were sometimes just as intriguing as the superhero action they interrupted. X-ray goggles promised to make adolescents clandestine Peeping Toms; Charles Atlas vowed to turn slightly built kids into muscular powerhouses; most notably, guaranteed a small packet of powder would bring aquatic life to your home. (They were well-marketed brine .)

Sea-Monkeys were far from the most outlandish attempt to solicit live animals to excitable children. That honor to the Animal Farm company of Miami Beach, Florida, which delivery of a genuine, live squirrel monkey to anyone sending them $18.95, plus postage due on delivery.

Monkey Business

In 2008, a man named Jeff Tuthill ComicBookResources.com his sordid tale of a mail-order monkey mishap. As a kid in the early 1970s, Tuthill was reading a Spider-Man comic when he spotted an ad for a live monkey, which promised to bring “joy” to one's household. To make sure his parents didn’t get wise, he had the primate delivered to a friend’s house.