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Introduction by Jim Steranko. Highly Recommended. By Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson. The Major’s granddaughter Nikki and noted comics historian Dave Armstrong have compiled an in-depth look at the formation of National Allied Publications, which would become DC Comics...and the man behind New Fun, New Comics, and more. That would be the Major. As a bonus, Armstrong has carefully sought out and scanned three extremely rare series from these impossible-to-find issues, all written by the Major. The complete run of Barry O'Neill and Fang Gow (art by the superlative Leo O'Mealia), Blood Pearls (art by the innovative and delightfully bizarre Munson Paddock), Foe of the Borgias (art- Sven Elven), The Golden Dragon (art- Tom Hickey) and more!

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The Major’s granddaughter Nikki and noted comics historian Dave Armstrong have compiled an in-depth look at the formation of National Allied Publications, which would become DC Comics...and the man behind New Fun, New Comics, and more. That would be the Major. As a bonus, Armstrong has carefully sought out and scanned three extremely rare series from these impossible-to-find issues, all written by the Major. The complete run of Barry O'Neill and Fang Gow (art by the superlative Leo O'Mealia), Blood Pearls (art by the innovative and delightfully bizarre Munson Paddock), Foe of the Borgias (art- Sven Elven), The Golden Dragon (art- Tom Hickey) and more!

Jim Steranko provides an introduction that you dare not miss, and Armstrong contributes his own essay. But the bulk of the book is devoted to these amazing and complete stories, and Nikki's own history of how the major moved from pulp writer to comics writer, publisher, and essentially helped to kick-start the comics industry with entirely new material rather than the reprints that Famous Funnies and other titles were collecting.

These strips are among the rarest in comics, because these comics are among the rarest--published long before Batman and Superman, very few of these were saved, and many ended up in the early paper drives. Dave Armstrong has done a yoeman's job in putting together the entire runs of these early strips--which are the very best from these rare books. For instance, Leo O'Mealia is an unsung master--his Fu Manchu is a high point of the pre-Batman Detective Comcis. But his strips here are no less amazing.

And of course Detective Comics is one of the Major's greatest success stories, along with More Fun, New Fun, New Comics, and New Adventure.

Who first hired Siegel and Shuster, and had them learning the trade with their fabled Federal Men and Doctor Occult? The Major. Who was adapting his own pulp stories of adventure, coming off a highly successful career in the pulps, into these first all-original comics? The Major.

He also put together editors like Whitney Ellsworth, who was instrumental in getting Superman in Action #1, and artists like Fred Guardineer, who would go on to do covers and features for the first issues of Action.

All the comics included in this tome have been painstakingly reproduced and repaired to show how they would have looked back in the 1930s and also included are all the pulps that the comics were based on! This groundbreaking book explores the history of DC Comics before it became the behemoth we know today; the pulp stories that formed the basis for all the different kinds of comics that exist today.

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Item Code DCBEFH
Publisher Hermes
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781613451649
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 8x10
# Pages 192pg
Color Full Color
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