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The Classic Era of American Comics (Book) Review

 
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A wealth of information combined with scores of retro comic covers makes for an interesting read.

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The organization feels disjointed at times.


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The Classic Era of American Comics is a must read for comic book fans old and new. Featuring an in-depth look at the birth of comics as we know it, it covers all the bases in the history of an American favorite.

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Posted September 24, 2013 by

 
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Comic fans young and old can take a stroll down memory lane with this encompassing history of the early years of the comic book.The-Classic-Era-of-American-Comics-9780809299669

In The Classic Era of American Comics, author Nicky Wright takes readers on a journey through the advent of the comic book. From its early beginnings as little more than an advertising campaign, through the inception of such iconic characters as Superman and The Crypt Keeper, to the near collapse of the genre with the publication of Seduction of the Innocent, this is a book that covers all the bases – and all the main players – from the 1930’s to the 1950’s.

Whether you are a comic book junkie who wants a little more background on the birth of your favorite characters, or a complete newcomers who wants to begin at the beginning, The Classic Era of American Comics provides a wealth of information on the behind the scenes factors that have influenced comic books since their beginnings. Complete with original covers and comic strips on literally every page, it’s a book that is as interesting to look at as it is to read – in fact, I had to read with my nine year old hanging over my shoulder a good portion of the time, as the eye catching retro comics have an allure for every age.

The Classic Era of American Comics is organized not by era or year, but rather by categories like The Comics Go To War (which covers the popularity of comics during wartime) and Horror We, How’s Bayou? (a study of horror comics). While it is nice to see them grouped somewhat by genre, there’s no denying that many publishers, writers, and illustrators had their hands in a multitude of pots. Since the main figures were just as likely to work on western and detective comics as they were to work on romance or animal comics, there is a lot of overlap in the various categories. The categories also went in and out of style based on what was happening in the world. Because of that, the way the book is organized can feel a bit disjointed when you are reading it, (simply because it feels as if it is going back and forth constantly). Organization by time may have been a better choice, in this case.

The Classic Era of American Comics is a must read for comic book fans old and new. Featuring an in-depth look at the birth of comics as we know it, it covers all the bases in the history of an American favorite.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)