November 09, 2008
WHAM-O BOOK IS SUPERB!
Last week I received my copy of the new WHAM-O Super Book by Tim Walsh, and having read it, I feel the need to plug it again. It's all that I was hoping for, in fact, it far exceeded my already high expectations. I was under the false impression that I knew WHAM-O; turns out almost every page offered a new surprise.
It's a treat to finally learn the story and meet the geniuses behind the company. I also greatly appreciated seeing the freaky non-toy products that they experimented with, like soap dishes, garden fountains, and yes, fallout shelter covers. And somehow these strange forays still feel Whamo-esque.
I was unaware of WHAM-O's strong mail order presence which, given my own mail-away novelty fetish, increases my fondness for the company. The book design is terrific; it puts to use treated vintage WHAM-O graphics in a very effective way. There's loads of BIG photos and archival promotional material so it's great for artistic reference and inspiration.
Tim is offering signed copies for $19.95 on his web site.
Non-signed editions can be found on Amazon.
Thanks Tim for giving WHAM-O the treatment that it deserves!