I know that all the kids out there who came across this ad lusted after the idea of becoming the envy of the neighborhood with this baby. I think I begged my parents for this more than once, but their sense, reason and control of the home’s finances won out over my grade school desire for nuclear first strike capability.
It turns out Mom and Dad were right. I’ve heard from people who had overly indulgent parents who forked over the $6.98 plus 75¢ shipping (NY residents please add sales tax) that the fabulous submarine turned out to be made of cardboard. I guess that’s what they meant by 200lb test material.
This ad was in issue No 93 of Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos published in 1971. The ad itself ran for years before that and well after that. I guess the Honor House Production Company did all right selling cardboard submersibles you couldn’t submerge.