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These are the personal, often funny, sometimes poignant recollections of Schelly's years as a comic book collector and fanzine publisher in the 1960s and 1970s. Then it takes up where his first book left off, life in fandom from then to now, including his new era of publishing books about fan history, and eventually to his meeting, interviewing and writing highly successful books on artists and creators including Kubert, Kurtzman, Otto Binder, and John Stanley. Fandom's leading historian also recounts his strange-but-true encounters with Steve Ditko, Dr. Frederic Wertham, Jim Shooter, Bob Kane and more, in this beautifully written, highly readable text.
It's all here: the fans, the dealers, the comicons, and more, including a special introduction by Rascally Roy Thomas!
Illustrated with 150 images, including rare early "fanzine" work by Dick Giordano, Joe Sinnott, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Wally Wood, Doug Potter, Dave Cockrum, C.C. Beck, Don Newton, and a knock-out Captain America frontispiece by Jack Kirby and Michael Allred.
Bill has been an assistant editor with Roy Thomas of Alter Ego for many years, and is a regular contributor of articles about early fan publishers, writers, artists, and the earliest comic conventions.
I even have a picture and some mentions here, since I've worked with Bill's published works since his fanzine days, and up to the present on his comic creator biographies. Friendship aside, he is perhaps the finest writer ever to tackle the world of comic book history. His Kurtzman, Binder, Kubert and John Stanley books are superlative and enlightening, even for fans like me who thought they knew it all. We don't---Bill digs deep and offers new insights in each of his books, as he does here with his own life and with all the fans and pros he has worked with.
And his books and articles about early fandom, in the 60s and 70s, are invaluable in capturing a time that would have been lost to us except for the few vintage publications still around. He talked to the right people, many now gone, and got the facts down, as well as the many delightful anecdotes that make his work so much fun to read.
Although this has the same name as his earlier, far shorter work, the first book wrapped up in the early 1970s while this carries on right to the present day. It's an entirely new book, and I found it a page-turner even though I'd read the earlier, shorter version.
We've included a special signed bookplate with a fun illustration by Harvey Kurtzman, which Bill did for us for his Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad. The image is from 1948!!
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Item Code SENSEW Publisher North Atlantic Books Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781623171513 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 6x9 # Pages 420pg Color Text/b&w
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