AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES HC 1940-44
The American Comic Book Chronicles continues! Kurt Mitchell and editor Roy Thomas composed this volume about the "Golden Age" of the comic book industry, a five-year period that presented the earliest adventures of such iconic super-heroes as Batman, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Wonder Woman. It was a time when America's entry into World War II was presaged by the arrival of such patriotic do-gooders as Will Eisner's Uncle Sam, Harry Shorten and Irv Novick's The Shield, and Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's Captain America. It 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 that published 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.
BACK ISSUE #112
Hunker down in your fallout shelter with Back Issue's explosive "Nuclear Issue," starring the Fury of Firestorm! Also: Dr. Manhattan, a Dave Gibbons Marvel UK Hulk interview, villain histories of Radioactive Man and Microwave Man, Bongo's Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy, and the one-shot wonder, Holo-Man! With Cary Bates, Pat Broderick, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Rafael Kayanan, Bill Morrison, Fabian Nicieza, John Ostrander, Roy Thomas, and more! Featuring a Firestorm cover by Pat Broderick.
CHARLTON ACTION HEROES BUNDLE
Relive the Silver and Bronze Age appearances of the super-heroes of Charlton (and now, DC) Comics, with a special bundle containing Back Issue #79 and Alter Ego #106! First, former editor Dick Giordano takes you through the 1960s Silver Age, from his Charlton "Action-Hero" era to his first stint at DC, with art by Steve Ditko, Pat Boyette, Pete Morisi, Frank Mclaughlin, Jim Aparo, Gil Kane, and others! Then it's on to the 1970s-80s Bronze age use of the characters at DC Comics, with Dave Gibbons on Charlton's Watchmen connection, Len Wein and Paris Cullins on their Blue Beetle work, Cary Bates and Pat Broderick's Captain Atom, and a look at the fabled Blockbuster Weekly, DC's unrealized Charlton heroes project!
HERO A GO GO SC
Welcome to the Camp Age, when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm, good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch, and Batman shook a mean cape. Hero-A-Go-Go celebrates the camp craze of the Swinging Sixties, when just about everyone - the teens of Riverdale, an ant and a squirrel, even the President of the United States - was a super-hero or a secret agent. Michael Eury takes you through that coolest cultural phenomenon with this lively collection of nostalgic essays, histories, and theme song lyrics of classic 1960s characters like Captain Action, Herbie the Fat Fury, Captain Nice, Atom Ant, Scooter, ACG's Nemesis, Dell's super-Frankenstein and Dracula, the "split!" Captain Marvel, and others!
MARVEL COMICS IN THE 1980S SC
The third volume in Pierre Comtois' heralded series covers Marvel's final historical phase, when the movement begun by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko moved into a darker 1980s era that has yet to run its course. Covers comics such as the Chris Claremont/John Byrne X-Men, Frank Miller's Daredevil, the New Universe, Roger Stern's Avengers and Spider-Man, dark heroes like Wolverine and the Punisher, and more are all covered, in the analytic detail, and often irreverent manner, readers have come to expect from the previous 1960s and 1970s volumes.
MATT BAKER ART OF GLAMOUR HC
In the early 1940s, Matt Baker became of one the earliest African-American comic book artists. But it wasn't the color of his skin which made him such a significant figure in the history of the medium. Imagine Dave Stevens or Adam Hughes working in the '40s, drawing a new story every month, and you'll have a good idea of Matt Baker's place in the industry throughout his career. Yet few of today's comic book fans know of the artist or his work, because he died in 1959 at the young age of 38, just as the Silver Age of Comics was bringing in a new generation of readers.