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The comic book heroes : from the silver age to the present

Author: Will Jacobs; Gerard Jones
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The first history of modern costumed-hero comic books, from the start of the Silver Age in 1956 up to today. Focusing on DC and Marvel Comics, the story begins with the efforts of DC to revitalize such Golden Age heroes as the Flash, Superman, and Green Lantern in the wake of the anti-comic furor of the early 1950s. The authors cover the science fiction rage of the late 1950s, the birth of the experimental Marvel  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jacobs, Will.
Comic book heroes.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©1985
(OCoLC)607427064
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Will Jacobs; Gerard Jones
ISBN: 0517554402 9780517554401
OCLC Number: 11973118
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 292 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Presenting the silver age --
Strange adventures in space --
The Superman mythos --
Bizarre characters and fantastic weapons --
The return of the heroes --
The Fantastic Four --
Of Anzio, Amazons, and alloys --
Spider Man, the hero who could be you --
The birth of fandom --
Man and Superman --
Superman's pals --
The Marvel age of comics --
The world's strangest heroes --
Marvel's hero teams --
Classic DC --
The cosmic saga --
Deadman --
The DC experiment --
The Marvel expansion --
The end of the silver age --
Relevance --
Marvel: phase 2 --
The Batman --
Conan and Kin --
Kirby was there --
"Dear Joe" --
Horror from the swamps --
Marvel's monstrous heroes --
The golden age revival --
The DC mainstream --
The Marvel mainstream --
The Legion of Super Heroes --
Cosmic zap --
Masters of kung fu --
The DC barbarians --
Explosions and implosions --
The new X-Men --
A look ahead.
Responsibility: Will Jacobs and Gerard Jones.

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The first history of modern costumed-hero comic books, from the start of the Silver Age in 1956 up to today. Focusing on DC and Marvel Comics, the story begins with the efforts of DC to revitalize such Golden Age heroes as the Flash, Superman, and Green Lantern in the wake of the anti-comic furor of the early 1950s. The authors cover the science fiction rage of the late 1950s, the birth of the experimental Marvel Comics Group in 1961, the emergence of such classic Marvel characters as the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, the "camp" craze set off by the "Batman" TV show in 1966, and the socially conscious and politically relevant comics of the early 1970s. Later chapters describe the slump of the mid-1970s, as the medium lost touch with its young readers, followed by the comics' resurgence of the 1980s, as many new companies help DC and Marvel to extend the boundaries of the field with innovation, daring, and a new sophistication. Factually thorough and written in a lively, narrative style, this history includes behind-the-scenes glimpses at the men who wrote, drew, and published the comics, the impact of their creations on the fans, and critical assessments of the works themselves. Illustrated throughout with examples of comic book art, The Comic Book Heroes will inform and entertain both the hardcore fan and the casual reader of this most popular of American mediums.

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