Has anybody read any of the "American Comic Book Chronicles" by TwoMorrows?
If you're unfamiliar, it's billed as a historical look at the history of American comic books by decade -- although some decades are split in two. So far they've published 1960-64, 1965-70, the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s. 1940-44 is going to be published later this month.
I'm tempted to get them, but I don't know if they're going to offer anything I don't already know. I'm encouraged by the source -- TwoMorrows has some impressive names, such as Roy Thomas -- but a book that covers an entire decade? That can't have a whole lot of detail, and I don't need an overview that I could write myself.
Still, it seems like the sort of thing that should be on my shelf. On the other hand, if I wait until they finish the series, there might be a slipcover set or something shinier I'd rather have.
Anybody have any info to add?
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.
In Shops: Jun 19, 2019