The Alien Eye Obeys Your Commands?

Those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s can appreciate the power of comic book ads. It was a time before the internet and days of online shopping. Much simpler days when you simply saved your money, copied down an address and sent your order and after many weeks of waiting your order would arrive. I was guilty of this act numerous times during my youth. I ordered comic book subscriptions, Army Men, Sea Monkeys, and TSR catalogues. However it was purchase of my Alien Eye that forever changed my view of the wonderful world of Comic Book Advertisements.


The “Scary Giant Alien Eye obeys your commands”!! Yes finally I could harness the power of my Alien Eye to do my bidding. Bullies beware I was ready to unleash the unmitigated fury of my Alien upon you! The ad looked amazing to the untrained eye. It not only would somehow listen you your commands but could “Rise and dart”. It could “float in the air” and could be controlled up to 50 feet away!! It also had tentacles that would “amaze” my friends with its other worldly Alien skills. Yes I was certain that for only $2.00 (A hefty price back in the day!) I would have the one thing that would make me stand out amongst my peers. If I had any problems my Alien Eye would deal with it through my commands!

After several weeks finally a package arrived at my doorstep. It was a surprisingly small envelope that couldn’t possibly be my Alien. A package that small could not have contained the fury of my new Alien beast. It must be something related to my comic subscriptions or even a new TSR catalog. Nope . Inside the envelope was a little plastic bag with a cardboard topper stapled over the top that said “Alien Eye”. The magnificent intelligent Alien species was nothing more than an over-sized balloon with a eye in the middle of it. Its tentacles were actually white party streamers which came with adhesive tape to attach them to the bottom of the inflated balloon. Plus it had a 50 foot string that I could use to “Control” my Alien. It mentioned that I had to fill my Eye with helium so it would float.

I was horrified. Not by the scary Alien creature that took over my home but by the fact that I had been duped. Looking back at the ad it certainly could do everything it said. It could follow your commands if that meant dragging it across the room with your string. It could take commands up to 50 feet away because my string was well..50 feet long! It could rise (Due to the helium) and dart (If you dragged it fast enough with your string.) I still have a love for vintage comic book ads but a warning to all. Read what you are buying carefully.

Charlton Hero

Long time fan of all things Retro. A child of the 80s who loved Saturday Morning cartoons, Pro Wrestling, TV Shows, and Comic Books. I am also of the proud operator ofThe Super-Hero Satellite Blog on Word Press

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3 thoughts on “The Alien Eye Obeys Your Commands?

  1. I had the same exact experience and was just telling this same exact story only a day ago to a friend. It was literally the last thing I mail ordered.

  2. Those ads were so enticing it was hard not to want these things. I was in Canada so I was isolated to many things. Some things were not available to be shipped in Canada so it was that much more tempting to figure out a way to get these things.

    Hell in our part of Canada we didnt even get Twinkies or Hostess fruit Pies. Seeing all these wonderful things in comic books would drive a kid crazy when he cant get his hands on this stuff.

    It all changed in the mid 80s when I went on a trip of New Your and finally got my hands on Twinkies for the first time. I also visited a dollar shop while in the city and lo and behold I found many of the gimmick toys that you could order in the comic books. I loaded up with junk and brought them back to my home in Canada to my wide eyed friends. Yep good times.

    Still upset of the Sea Monkey thing though..but that’s another story.

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