We've all seen the ads in the pages of old comic books-- luring you with frisky female curves-- enticing you into the sexy, lucractive world of cartooning and art! Kits! Booklets! Amazing Inventions! Talent? Who needs talent?! Didn't you know it's easy as pie to become Alex Raymond on Day One? Come on! Do you have a dollar? Do you have $10? Hell, you don't even need any money in some of these, you just need to be enthusiastic and totally ready to start rolling in all that cartooning dough before you can even utter the words "Milton Caniff!" So actually, none of the ads in today's post are from the funny books. Nope. These come from a variety of Science and Mechanics mags, like Mechanix Illustrated for example... you know, those square bound, do-it-yourself from your own home shop class collections that teach you things like building a backyard monorail system out of wood planks, or adding twin sailing ship sails to your bicycle. And please note that in these magazines the ads are printed so incredibly small that I was actually forced to scan them in at 600 dpi for full affect. A few of them might be familiar, (and a few aren't even about becoming a cartoonist!), but the focus of this post was to find relative ads that haven't already been blogged to death by all the other comic book and cartooning sites out there which are also making easy peezy boo-koo bucks thanks to the world of art. Enjoy!
"Hey Kids! Just send this ad, along with ten dollars, to our offices, and we will send you our exclusive pamphlet detailing how you, too, can use Lucrative Fun Cartooning to make your very own ad!"
Besides "Make Money!", they always promised "Have Fun! Be Popular!".
Working as an artist myself, old drawing/cartooning ads are my favourite! You've got a great selection here today.
Man these are great! I've seen a lot of these teeny ads in the backs of mags, but I don't remember seeing these cartoon ones. And has anyone ever used one of those Magic Art Reproducers? Do they work?
My fave is Art School Self-Taught Be an Artist! one.
Magic Art Reproducers is just a fancy way of saying light box tracing, haha... let's all quit our day jobs and make a lucrative career out of tracing other people's work! Hurrah!!
Casting Secrets Revealed! Huge Profits- Dollars Galore!
Ha ha! That's killing me!
I wonder if I already have any sexy figurines from Plastic Arts Studios?
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