My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you’ve spent any time at all in your life with comics, get ready for some nostalgia. Mail-Order Mysteries presents original comic book ads alongside photos of what actually arrived in the mail, accompanied by some clever descriptions of what the purchaser imagined and what the manufacturers sent.
The opening and closing essays are insightful about why kids (and grown-ups) were motivated to buy this stuff, and how and why times have changed.
I clearly remember various relatives with subscriptions to Grit, and I’m pretty sure I was once the proud owner of a brood of “Sea-Monkeys.” Mail-Order Mysteries made me think about these oddities and others that hadn’t crossed my mind in a long time.
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