Monday, June 15, 2009

America's Least Amusing Comic Book Ad

America's least amusing and worst idea. What's wrong with this? Everything, really. Not good for the South American monkeys. Not good for your house and furniture. Lousy for both children and adults. And most of all (and I know, I am repeating myself here) lousy for the squirrel monkeys. This is something no one should have thought of, advertised, or done. And yet - here's this ad, a testament to - oh, something lousy. A testament to - bad judgment! Yes, that's it.

And the sending of "your telephone number and nearest airport" strikes just the right note of impending disaster.

Who on earth really answered this sort of ad? The same people who brought baby alligators home to New York City from Florida in the 1940s, only to release them into the sewer system where they became urban legends? Perhaps. Here is a plug, shameless as only a plug on a rainy Monday morning can be, for my inside look at the sewergators of New York, step right this way.

This ad is from a 1971 comic book called Millie the Model. Not that Millie would condone this sort of thing.

14 comments:

Daisy said...

It is kind of sad. "Will amuse children and adults for hours" - I wonder what happens when the few hours of amusement are up?

Joel Klebanoff said...

Gee, I would have bought one, but the company is in Florida and I'm in Canada. There would probably be a problem getting the squirrel monkey over the border, unless it could be done under the family reunification program.

Bill said...

You are right, it's a terrible idea. A siren's song for kids, though. I remember sending off for a catalog where you could buy pretty much any wild beast as long as you had the money. How I daydreamed about owning a pet monkey! Me, the kid who had to be prodded to feed the dog.

Daisy is right. We had a raccoon that my dad rescued from a family that had loved Jake when he was little & cute, but then left him isolated in an outdoor cage when he grew older. Neighborhhod kids & dogs tormented him until my dad brought him to our house, but the best we could do was give him food, water, and a calm environment. Too wild to be a pet, but made too tame to be in the wild.

Tori Lennox said...

I don't think I've ever even heard of squirrel monkeys before. How do we know they didn't make that up? They probably sent those poor unsuspecting people actual SQUIRRELS!

Eric said...

My Spanish teacher in high school was of good healthy South American stock also...

GoRetroGirl said...

The perfect companion pet to "Puff, the Magic Dragon"!

Lidian said...

Daisy - Exactly so.

Joel - Same here, for which I am grateful. Also I don't think they do this anymore, anyway. But still.

Bill - We have a raccoon who lives next door, under the shed, and he likes to dig in our yard sometimes but we rather like him. I can't imagine trying to make a raccoon a pet. But it is nice to see him around.

Tori - Oh dear, that would be some fun in the house, wouldn't it?

Eric - And the connection is...? Sorry, it is Monday, and I am not as sharp as I was, say, on Friday :)

GoRetroGirl - There's the theme song!

How to Party with an Infant said...

so scary!

~~louise~~ said...

How could Millie allow such a thing? I wonder, perhaps they made her wear a monkey suit on the runway in that edition...

Hairball said...

I feel really bad for those poor monkeys!

Lidian said...

How to Party Like an Infant - Yeah, it really is.

louise - I think Millie didn't know about the ads, actually.

Hairball - So do I. I couldn't get this one out of my head...I hate to think of people really doing this. And...therefore I am going to run something unequivocably funny tomorrow.

Tiggy said...

A bad idea, agreed. But I still want one!

Lidian said...

Tiggy - I don't think they send to Canada, though!

Phyl said...

Good thing too.