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Action! Mystery! Thrills!: Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age, 1933-1945

Action Mystery Thrills Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age When we contemplate a memorable old comic book the first thing thatcomes to mind is its cover and that was no accident Publishers realized fairlyquickly that if they spent a little extra to hire a g

  • Title: Action! Mystery! Thrills!: Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age, 1933-1945
  • Author: Greg Sadowski Ty Templeton
  • ISBN: 9781606994948
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • When we contemplate a memorable old comic book, the first thing thatcomes to mind is its cover, and that was no accident Publishers realized fairlyquickly that if they spent a little extra to hire a good cover artist, they could fillthe insides with mediocrity and still make a sizable profit that all it took wasa striking cover to entice thousands of kids to fork over tWhen we contemplate a memorable old comic book, the first thing thatcomes to mind is its cover, and that was no accident Publishers realized fairlyquickly that if they spent a little extra to hire a good cover artist, they could fillthe insides with mediocrity and still make a sizable profit that all it took wasa striking cover to entice thousands of kids to fork over their dimes Even today, covers drive the collectors market Apart from number oneissues and first appearances, the strength of a comic book s cover is the firstconsideration in determining its value Indeed, it is now common practice toentomb the book between slabs of sealed plastic with only the cover visible as if the interior pages sole purpose was to provide a place to securethe staples In order to locate the best possible examples, collectors from around theworld have been enlisted to share their rare and valuable comic books The scores of cover artists represented include CarlBarks, Charles Biro, Dick Briefer, L.B Cole, Jack Cole, Reed Crandall, Will Eisner, Bill Everett, Lou Fine, Walt Kelly,Jack Kirby, Mac Raboy, and Alex Schomburg Every comic book genre will be explored, from superhero to detective toWestern to funny animal Majestic, iconic, chaotic, or downright weird, a classic comic book cover has an undeniable appeal, and Action Mystery Thrills celebrates in spades this unique cultural icon The covers will be printed full sized on glossy paper to mostfaithfully replicate the originals, and arranged chronologically to give the reader a sense of the sweeping trends and stylistic developments throughout the medium s first decade, as inexorable waves of dazzling imagery battled monthly fornewsstand attention.

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    1. One look at the cover of Action! Mystery! Thrills! might be enough to turn off many potential buyers. I mean, come on, you’ve got swastikas and hooded fiends surrounding a young woman about to be sacrificed. Not exactly PC. We learn from the inside of the book that this is one of the rarest of comic book covers drawn by Alex Schomburg from Suspense Comics #3, April, 1944. Okay, I get that it’s rare, but editor Greg Sadowski still could’ve used a different cover. The front cover not withsta [...]

    2. Editor/designer Greg Sadowski returns to his tireless exploration of the comic book with this magnificent collection of 176 full color covers, dating from the Golden Age. As in his previous volumes (Supermen!, Four Color Fear, Setting the Standard ), Sadowski supplies copious end notes and annotations. Though this time, the information additionally reads as an entertaining history of early comics. Perhaps the book's only flaws rest in the lack of an index and that the annotations might better se [...]

    3. I guess there wasn't actually much reading in this except for the intro and the historical summaries at the end. This is a book of Comic Book Covers from 1933-1945. I think you can tell a lot about a society by what they read. Some of the character names were a hoot. The subject manner and some straight out racism is even evident. You can tell there wasn't any Political Correctness going on.

    4. I was amazed that I did not know most of these comics. The covers were too much alike, but that is not Mr. Sadowski's fault. I liked the thumbnails he put in the back of the book to sort of clarify each title.

    5. This book is jam-packed with comic book covers from the Golden Age of Comics, including a number of comics I had never even heard of. There is also a section at the end of the book that has some information about each of the covers. The color is great and the choice of titles is very wide.

    6. Nice, solid collection of Golden Age comic covers. I also liked the short descriptions of each cover giving an overview of artist, influences, and other insights to these comic books and their readers. So, why not a 5 star? Only because I wish more covers had been included.

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