- Full Description
This ambitious series covers every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today. Here are all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details of the decade when Marvel Comics sold 8.1 million copies of an issue of the X-Men, saw its superstar creators form their own company, Image, cloned Spider-Man...and went bankrupt. Superman died, Batman had his back broken, and the runaway success of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman led to DC Comics’ Vertigo line of adult comic books. It was the decade of gimmicky covers, skimpy costumes, and mega-crossovers.
But most of all, the 1990s was the decade when companies like Image, Valiant and Malibu published million-selling comic books before the industry experienced yet one more shocking and rapid collapse. These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover.
Although most of this is about creators and comics, the behind-the-scenes of comics business makes this a page-turner. In 1995, Marvel didn't like the slowing sales and didn't believe what distributors were telling them about too many titles, too many crossovers, too many weak sisters. So they became their own distributor, thereby taking down, within one year, the entire Direct Distribution industry of 12 or 13 distributors to just one. Diamond. During the decade, the comic store count dropped from 9400 to 4200, as good as well as bad stores just could not survive the downturn.
Yet great books were being produced, the X-Men were still on top, and some independent publishers were prospering. The old guard were in deep trouble, including a Marvel that went bankrupt in 1996, Valiant that went down, Broadway that lasted just seven months, and Kitchen Sink which could never recover from losses.
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!
I find that no matter what I thought I new about any particular decade, this gives me a refresher course about my favorite titles and introduces me to ones I missed. And gives me new information about titles, artists and writers that I admire. Even when I have a decade I feel less interested in, once I sit down with a volume, I have a hard time putting it down. There are so many creators I'm familiar with, whether I read these particular issues or not. It's fun to learn more about what they were doing when I may have been away. So my favorite volumes are the ones covering the 1940s to the 1970s, but I sit down with each subsequent one and come away with more great images and insider stories than you can shake a stick at. -Bud
- Additional Information
Item Code ACB06H Publisher TwoMorrows Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781605490847 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 288pg Color Full Color