What caught my eye this week as it passed over my library counter and under the scanner? Mail-Order Mysteries by Kirk Demarais. Seriously, who didn't want to order all those cool things from the back of comic books? Spy scopes and sea monkeys!
From the publisher Insight Editions:
"Rediscover your sense of wonder!
Mail-Order Mysteries reveals 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, Life-Size Monsters and 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."
(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)