'Mail-Order Mysteries' is a hardbound, 156 page book published by Insight Editions that reveals the novelties that were sold in vintage comic book advertisements.
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-Ranked #9 in Hardcover Humor on the Wall Street Journal Bestsellers list
-One of USA Today's best graphic books of 2011
-One of Washington Post's Best of 2011 picks
Praise for 'Mail-Order Mysteries'
"*****" [Five stars]
—Amazon.com customers, 107 reviews
“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
For those who grew up in 1960s to the 1980s, MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES is a perfect piece of nostalgia — plus, you don’t have to wait six to eight weeks for delievery.
—Bruce Grossman Bookgasm.com
"just as magical and weird as the goods it chronicles."
—Comics Worth Reading
“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
Kirk Demarais has a great book called MAIL-ORDER MYSTERIES about ads from comic books! Legitimately fascinating and fun.
—Tom Scharpling of The Best Show on WFMU