10/24/2011 06:42 pm ET | Updated Dec 24, 2011

Comic Historian Kirk Demarais Explores Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Specs, And Other 'Mail Order Mysteries

Remember all that junk in the back of comic books that your mom and dad wouldn't let you buy?

While some forgot about the Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Specs, plastic puke, and other gizmos, Kirk Demarais, a 37-year-old writer and illustrator built turned his undying love of kitsch into Mail Order Mysteries, a celebration of the toys from yesteryear.

"I got my first comic book, "Micronauts, No. 9," in 1978 or '79 when I was in first grade," he told HuffPost Weird News, in an interview with reporter Dave Moye.

"I couldn't really read the book so I was more interested in the ads for things like the package of 101 soldiers or 'Grit' magazine and, of course, the X-Ray Specs."

Demarias brought some of his toys down to HuffPost weird news, and we played with him for a bit. Check out this interview with Joe Peacock and Tony Deconinck, along with HuffPost Weird News host Barry Weintraub.

And for the ultimate trip down memory, check out these photos:


The Truth About Mail Order Mysteries Revealed!