Comic book ad cardboard spaceship

Jpb Ewb In Rocket Ship
Peter says: "In reference to your post on the cardboard submarine here is a picture of myself and my brother in a cardboard space ship about 1954. It might still exist in the basement storage at my parent’s house."

Now if someone can send me a photo of a teacup monkey that they actually got from the comic book ad, I can die a happy man.

Previously on Boing Boing:
Scans of old comic book ads


  1. Hey I know this was posted almost a year ago but could you put me in touch with the Peter who says he might have one of these? I’d be interested in buying both the original photo and the actual cardboard rocket if they are available.

    Thanks for your help,

    Peter Kleeman

  2. I have been looking for one of these cardboard subs for months…I remember the ads dearly at the back of all the old comics I read in the 60’s. If anyone has any knowledge whatsover about where I could find one of these subs today, I would be greatly appreciative for the info! Thanx.

  3. I can’t believe I found this! You have made not only my day, but possibly changed my life!!! I was promised one of these by an uncle of mine who never really meant to deliver on his promise. I lusted after that spaceship for years (Avid Comic book reader). When he promised it to me I waited for about 2 weeks for it to be delivered and then screwed up my courage to ask him when it was coming. To my (hindsight) astonishment he kept up the charade by saying it was delayed and would be here soon. This went on for months!!!!!! Finally my parents called the two of us together and made him tell me that he wasn’t getting it for me and had never intended to. I was absolutely crushed. Looking back I can’t believe my folks didn’t either make him buy it for me or buy it themselves. From that experience I learned to lower my expectations in life, to not trust people, and to not make promises I couldn’t keep.

    Now, having at last seen the ‘real thing’ I feel I can let go of this experience and claim both expectation and trust in my life.
    Thank you so much.

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