Mail-Order Mysteries: Delightful Treasures from Vintage Comic Book Ads

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Generations of comic book readers remember the tantalizing promises of vintage novelty advertisements that offered authentic laser-gun plans, x-ray specs, and even 7-foot-tall monsters (with glow-in-the-dark eyes!). But what would you really get if you entrusted your hard-earned $1.69 to the post office?

Mail-Order Mysteries

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Mail-Order Mysteries answers this question, revealing the amazing truths (and agonizing exaggerations) about the actual products marketed to kids in the '60s, '70s, and '80s.

Pop-culture historian Kirk Demarais shares his astonishing collection, including:
  • 100 Toy Soldiers in a Footlocker
  • Count Dante’s World’s Deadliest Fighting Secrets
  • GRIT
  • Hercules Wrist Band
  • Hypno-Coin
  • Life-Size Monsters
  • Mystic Smoke
  • Sea Monkeys
  • Soil From Dracula’s Castle
  • U-Control Ghost
  • Ventrilo Voice Thrower
  • ...and many, many more!

  • With more than 150 extraordinary, peculiar, and downright fraudulent collectibles, Mail-Order Mysteries is a must-have book comic book fans everywhere. Trust us.

    Additional Information

    Author Kirk Demarais
    Publisher Insight Editions
    Page Count 156pp
    Publication Size 6.75 x 10.5
    Publication Notes hardcover, full color
    Publication Date October 2011
    ISBN 978-1-60887-026-4

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