Even more amazing are some of the ads in this 1870 Little Corporal issue--all of them comic book staples, except maybe for the (what the...?) "Parlor Fireworks" offer. Good grief. Indoor fireworks? How safe was that?
Plus, we have a how-to-draw book, money-making opportunities for boys and girls, an inexpensive science gadget accompanied by classic Johnson Smith-style hype (It "reveals the thousands of the unseen wonders of creation," no less), and a home printing press (in addition to the burn-down-your-parlor kit). Encountering these types of offers in '60s and '70s Charltons and Gold Keys, I had no idea how far back their roots stretched. Now we know.
What to conclude? That such offers have timeless appeal? That comic book publishers and editors chose the cheap(er) alternative of going with tried-and-true marketing schemes? That's the theory I lean toward....
Please stay away from fireworks, both outdoor and parlor.