Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History

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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. All of which are comprehensively indexed for the first time. 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-know cartoonists such as Paul Gustavson, Matt Baker, Gus Ricca, L.B. Cole and Ramona Patenaude. 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 WWII years. Through informed copy and profuse images, Goulart offers an intimate look at one of the most popular forms of American popular art.

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Ron Goulart has written over 160 books and roughly 750 short stories and articles. He is considered one of the country’s leading authorities on comic books and comic strips.

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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 a study of its culture. In the introduction, Goulart states that this is "basically a picture book," and as such, it is tons of fun. More than 400 covers feature an overwhelming array of both still-beloved and long-forgotten heroes, as well as luridly drawn, often racist villains, gorgeous damsels in distress, and even, occasionally, a jungle queen. The art is often striking and the colors brilliant, much of it by legends in the field that include Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Lou Fine, Jack Cole, Alex Schomburg, and Bill Everett. Goulart, the author of over 160 books, including 50 sf and 20 mystery novels, has written more comprehensively on comic book history with The Encyclopedia of American Comics (LJ 1/91). Likewise, The World Encyclopedia of Comics (LJ 11/1/98) does a better job detailing comics' evolution. However, Goulart more than meets his goal here, offering intriguing details of a rich period that, sadly, comic books will never enjoy again.DChris Ryan, New Milford, NJ
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