From exotic Venus Fly Traps ("nature's most mysterious house plant!") to life-size inflatable dolls marketed to little girls (?!), the ads in the backs of comic books were sometimes more entertaining than the stories themselves.

From exotic Venus Fly Traps ("nature's most mysterious house plant!") to life-size inflatable dolls marketed to little girls (?!), the ads in the backs of comic books were sometimes more entertaining than the stories themselves.

Wild Goose Creative kicks off Geekfest 2010, a three-day arts festival celebrating all things geeky, with an exhibition of these ads.

Curator Michael Neno, a local cartoonist, picked 60 ads from the 1930s to today. You'll see some of the earliest ads for video games, plus pitches for the kinds of things you once begged your parents for. Sea Monkeys, anyone?