This ambitious series will document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! Here is a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends, including: the rise of the great EC "New Trend" titles, Harvey Kurtzman's Mad, and Carl Barks' classic work on Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge! The re-tooling of The Flash in Showcase #4 that kicked off the Silver Age of Comics, and the introduction of DC's Martian Manhunter, Adam Strange and the new Green Lantern!
Plus the return of the Timely heroes Captain America, the Human Torch and Sub-Mariner, and the birth of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's Fighting American and The Fly! Classics Illustrated, the end of Capt. Marvel and the Fawcett line, Atomic Fear in comics, the rise of romance, crime, westerns, sci-fi and all the obscure genres unique to the 1950s.
The origins of DC's popular war titles, Dell's movie adaptations and original series like Turok and Tarzan, wild comics from Charlton and Archie, Harvey kid's comics, etc. Dr. Fredric Wertham's notorious anti-comics book Seduction of the Innocent and the Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency! 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, an invaluable resource for ANY comic book enthusiast! And just a lot of fun to read and learn from.
Bill Schelly is today's best writer of comics history. Plus this is profusely illustrated with everything from classic covers, panels and inside pages, artist photos and behind-the-scenes shots, to cool ads and original artwork! We really like the annual timeline that looks at significant changes each year month-by-month.