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"If childhood disappointment could ever be considered an art form, then Mail-Order Mysteries is a masterpiece. Really. The metaphors for life itself are inescapable, the disillusion heartbreakingly laid bare, the tackiness a drug you just can't quit."--Chip Kidd, graphic designer and author of "Bat-Manga!""Mail-Order Mysteries reveals the secrets behind those too-good-to-be-true gizmos advertised in the comic books of my youth. What a mind-blower!"--Mark Frauenfelder, cofounder of Boing Boing"If I could put one thing in a time machine to send back to my eight-year-old self, it would be Mail-Order Mysteries. This book would have saved me dozens of allowances and hundreds of glacial hours spent standing on the porch waiting for the mailman to arrive. I always knew there was something fishy about those 'Gigantic Dinosaurs!'"--Mark Waid, writer of "Kingdom Come and Irredeemable"
As another reviewer noted this is indeed a quick read, but it reminded me how I poured over these ads as a kid. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Murray
great reminder of younger times and hopes. bought this for my brother. he loved it also.Published 1 month ago by B. K. M.
Extremely fun read . Having seen a lot of these same ads growing up, I wondered about them but never had the patience to wait 4-6 weeks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Metal Dad
Loved this from beginning to end. Author's passion is legit. Only downside is many of the entries are not thorough enough.Published 3 months ago by W MOORE
I always wondered about those seemingly cool mail order offers in comic books. This book does an excellent job revealing the reality behind those imaginative ads in a really... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Eaton
I too saw these incredible items within the ads and wondered, "Are they really X-ray specs?", etc. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kevin Davidson
What a cool concept. I just love looking at this book over and over again.Published 3 months ago by GoFigure
Truly a must experience book for the lover or collector of vintage, retro, oldschool toys or memorably. I loved this book. It was fantastic to see all the items. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Seeking New Things