So it comes as no surprise that the following ad was something that caught MY eye when I was a kid reading comic books. What does come as a surprise was that said ad came out a full fifteen years before I was of comic-reading age!
Okay, I probably still would've.
That's right, Wijit Works claims that you can build your own man-sized air car powered by an ordinary vacuum cleaner motor. My family already had an old vacuum cleaner, surely they wouldn't mind the sacrifice if they saw me sliding over the pavement in one of these things.
And best of all, the plans are FREE!
Oh wait, no it's not. The plans are three dollars, and comes with a free astronaut iron-on with order.
At this point I would be surprised if the iron-on actually worked. The cynic in me would just assume that if you had fallen for this, your parents would come home and find the following:
- The vacuum cleaner disassembled, the house covered in dust.
- Your bicycle disassembled (I would also assume)
- Several t-shirts ruined and burned from attempted ironings
- You, three dollars poorer.
This ad for Wijit Works' Hovercraft plans was published in Amazing Spider-Man #145, June 1975.