The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read! written by Jim Trombetta and published by Abrams, is a hefty volume weighing in at 304 pages. It is a collection of (pre-comics code) 1950’s horror and crime comic books, which in 1954 became the target of a live televised U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating their ‘connection’ to juvenile delinquency. The result was the censoring and banning of the titles contained within this volume.
Sea Monkeys! A great deal of my childhood in the early 1980s was spent puzzling over this oddity listed in the back of my Uncanny X-Men comics. What were sea monkeys? Where can I get sea monkeys? I need sea monkeys, damnit! It also didn’t help that I lived in the UK where many of these offers were not available, which only added to the mystique of these out-of-reach creatures. Finally though I have an answer to my question thanks to Mail Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads!