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I love this book. It's taken me two nights just to get to page 32--it's that detailed and dense--and I'm already learning new details about a period I find fascinating. This is the earliest days of comics--its origins. Mitchell starts in 1934, even touching on the pulps, magazines and radio, and tells how comics came to dominate popular culture. Here's the inside story of the "shops," the eccentric publishers, the trials and errors of the early days. The great editors, the young spunky creators, And then year by year, starting in 1940, what was happening throughout the comics world during its meteoric rise to being part of nearly every kid's world.
We see early on how Superman changed everything, and comics went from anthology titles imitating the pulps, to putting super-heros front and center. But not all of the time, as publishers like Dell and DC kept pushing the envelope, with humor, funny animals, movie comics, Real Fact comics and much more. But best, he puts it all in perspective of the world at that time, and also examines ALL the top and all the secondary publishers, creators and heroes, too-often overlooked in company-centric histories or less careful general histories. Wonderfully illustrated with rare photos of creators and publishers, inside pages, panels and covers.
This ambitious series of full-color hardcovers continues, documenting every decade of comic book history. Here we look at one the most amazing periods of comics history--with the earliest adventures of icons like Batman, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Wonder Woman, and so many secondary and now-forgotten heroes, heroines, comics and stories. Here is America’s entry into World War II, presaged by Will Eisner’s Uncle Sam, Harry Shorten and Irv Novick’s The Shield, and Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America, then driven by heroes fighting the Axis powers.
This was was when teenage culture found expression in a fumbling red-haired high school student named Archie Andrews. But most of all, the first five years of the 1940s was the age of the “packagers” when studios headed by men like Harry A. Chesler, Will Eisner, and Jerry Iger churned out material for a plethora of new comic book companies. They covered the entire gamut of genres, from funny animal stories to crime tales to jungle sagas to science-fiction adventures.
These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover. Taken together, American Comic Book Chronicles forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for ANY comic book enthusiast!
Kurt Mitchell has written this with some help and lots of consultation with the former Marvel writer, editor, and editor-in-chief who actually grew up reading comics during the Golden Age: Roy Thomas. Roy began his own comics career chronicling the golden age heroes in the pages of early fanzines, especially the first run of Alter Ego in the 1960s, which he co-edited with Jerry Bails, then edited by himself. The rest of his career probably needs no introduction here--and he remains the editor of Alter Ego, which continues to document and chronicle the Golden and Silver Age of comics.
- Additional Information
Item Code ACB07H Publisher TwoMorrows Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781605490892 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 288pg Color Full Color