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Mondo Lucha A Go-Go: The Bizarre and Honorable World of Wild Mexican Wrestling

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Lucha Libre wrestling is nothing short of a phenomenon. Its inescapable visuals have completely permeated the mainstream, and its popularity grows exponentially every year, expanding out from Latin America to hold the entire world in its vise–grip. Dan Madigan will provide the ultimate guide for Lucha fans, in an awesome four–color book that will be undoubtedly informative ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by It Books (first published April 1st 2007)
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Dan Schwent
Much like Sherlock Holmes and movies starring Elvis, Mexican wrestling is one of those things I like the idea of more than the execution.

Mondo Lucha A Go-Go is a coffee table book about the bizarre world of Mexican wrestling, or lucha libre, as it is called. This book was primarily an impulse buy after reading the exquisite Hoodtown by Christa Faust. Still, it kept my attention.

Madigan gives a good overview of lucha libre history and details many of the more influential characters, like El Sant
Colleen Venable
All true lovers of bad movies have to respect the role luchadores have played in the history of film. You haven't seen camp until you've seen the silver masked legend EL SANTO wrestle vampires to the ground and single handedly beat up a bunch of lepers (yes that's right, lepers). And who can ignore the equally revered BLUE DEMON in such films as "Blue Demon vs The Infernal Spiders" and the classic "Blue Demon vs The Infernal Brains". The man was good with infernal things I guess.

Now a love of b
oh man, so frikkin good! I have been a wrestling fan for almost 30 years, and the lucha style has been one that was mostly on the periphery for me. I learned about it when Rey Mysterio and Psychosis came over to ECW in the 90's, and grew to love the uniqueness of it during the WCW Nitro days when the first hour would be a cruiser weight show basically, showing guys from all over the world. Anyone with even a passing interest in the sport would like this book. Great photos, and super informative. ...more
John Wiswell
Very fun coffee table book about lucha libre. Madigan has packed it with classic full-color photos and lays it out as a great introduction to the over-the-top wrestling style and Mexico's three biggest legends: El Santo, Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras. This is a period when it's easiest to access lucha (or any wrestling style) by actually watching it in action, but there's a charm to Madigan's spirited descriptions.
Josh Liller
Decent, but disappointing. More style than substance - lots of pretty pictures. I guess it could be good if you know nothing at all about lucha.
A must read for everyone who's interested in Lucha wrestling. Well written and excellently illustrated.
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