Mail-Order Mysteries Solved

Due to the month-long Halloween celebration here at the Retroist I wasn’t able to post a review of Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads!

This is such a cool idea for a book. The author basically scoured eBay to find treasure and trinkets found in vintage comic book advertisements. If you pick up a comic book that was published in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s many advertisements were featured depicting X-ray glasses, hypnocoins, plastic army men, or kits to start your own business. The book is chock full of those comic book ads giving each page a retro-colorful look. Chapters are organized as: Superpowers and Special Abilities, War Zone, House of Horrors, High Finance, Better Living Through Mail Order, Top Secret, Trickery, and Oddities.

Author Kirk Demarais is brief in his reviews but there isn’t much to say about chattering teeth. He reproduces a comic book ad per page and briefly says what he expected to get and then describes what was actually received and whether or not it was worth it. The book is a fun and quick read filled with photos of the quirky items that could be ordered through the mail. It is a nice hardback that belongs in every retro or comic book fans collection.

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