Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History

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Collectors Press, Inc., 2000 - Art - 204 pages
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"During the Golden age of comic books, from the middle 1930s to the late 1940s, readers could choose from hundreds of titles colorfully displayed on America's newsstands - from Action Comics to Zip Comics." "Selecting from thousands of cover illustrations of the period, comics authority Ron Goulart has assembled more than 400 of the most entertaining and provocative for this book." "You'll see images of various characters, including Superman, Batman, Plastic Man, Captain Marvel, The Flame, Cat-Man, the Black Terror, the Blue Beetle and Sheena - Queen of the Jungle." "You'll encounter the most effective output of admired artists such as Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Lou Fine, Jack Cole, Alex Schomburg and Bill Everett, plus lesser-known cartoonists such as Paul Gustavson, Matt Baker, Gus Ricca, L. B. Cole and Ramona Paternaude. Several covers in this collection have not been reprinted since their original publication." "The text provides a concise history of the comic book business, from its shaky beginnings in the early 1930s to its multi-million dollar successes during the World War II years."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History is a misleading title for this visual celebration of comics' Golden Age (mid-1930s through the 1940s) as it is neither an overview of comic book history nor ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
2
is Jumping on the Bandwagon
15
Major Nicholson Enters the Fray
25
Brand New and Original
32
The Dawn of the Golden
43
The Old Masters Part i
63
up Up and Away
77
o Invasion of the Super Heroes
90
us Dreams of Glory
113
hi A Million Laffs
141
this Means
159
the Superpatriots
173
I A Brief History of Good Girl
181
the Stuff at the Back of the Book
199
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About the author (2000)

Ron Goulart was born on January 13, 1933 in Berkeley, CA. Goulart has been a professional writer for over forty years and has published over 180 books. He is best-known for his mystery and science fiction books and is also considered the leading authority on comic books and strips. Goulart has been nominated twice for the Edgar Award. His first nomination was in the category of Best Original Paperback for his novel, After Things Fell Apart, in 1971. He was nominated again in 1989 in the category of Best Critical / Biographical work for his non-fiction work, The Dime Detectives. He also writes under the pseudonyms: Kenneth Robeson, Frank S. Shawn, Joseph Silva, and Con Steffanson.

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