Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mail-Order Mysteries



Mail-Order Mysteries by Kirk Demarais: As you can see in the photos below, this is a beautifully designed book, devoted to the trinkets that used to be regularly advertised on comic books. Chip Kidd puts it well:

If childhood disappointments 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.
Photos of 150 items and their accompanying ads, and the cover glows in the dark, too. $13 at Amazon.



6 comments:

  1. How, exactly, do I go about getting that Raquel Welch pillow?

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  2. I own a set of Kryptonite Rocks. Found them at a flea market years ago.

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  3. Yup, I had two Kryptonite Rocks also. Parents bought them for my from Sears of all places, (this was like a million years ago).

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  4. Most if not all of the items in the book were acquired from eBay, I believe.

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  5. I know it's dorky for me to comment here, but I just gotta say it's thrilling to see my book on Super Punch!! I love your site and visit constantly. Thanks for years-worth of creative inspiration.

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  6. Aww shucks, thanks very much!

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