1,000 Comic Books You Must Read
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Hero Worship!"1000 Comic Books You Must Read" is an unforgettable journey through 70 years of comic books. Arranged by decade, this book introduces you to 1000 of the best comic books ever published and the amazing writers and artists who created them.See Superman from his debut as a sarcastic champion of the people, thumbing his nose at authority, to his current standing...more
Unknown Binding, 1149 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Krause Publications (first published September 2nd 2009)
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Chuck
Let's get the obvious criticisms out of the way. The title is misleading. These are not 1000 "essential" or "best" comics, but a highly subjective cross section of seven decades of comic books. There are a few glaring ommissions, and the author includes far more Archie books from the '80s and '90s than almost anyone else would. You will also notice that of the 1000 comic books Tony Isabella thinks you must read, about 20 are written by...Tony Isabella.

I'm also unclear on what criteria was used....more
Brent
I don't think that a book is the best format for this information.

Mr. Isabella provides a list of his favorite comics broken down by decade. Each section starts with a brief synopsis of what was happening in the world at the time and how this affected the comics that were published. This is all well and good. However the information provided is along the lines of what one would expect from a simple blog post.

Each comic presented as a "must read" for the decade is accompanied by an image of the c...more
Jon
Lots of good comics in a lot of different genres over the decades. I've been out of the comic collecting hobby for a few years now, but this made me tempted to get back in. I collected comics not out of a desire of completeness, but because I actually like reading comics, It's obvious the writer of this book does as well.[return][return]There are a few flaws that kept me from giving this a four and a half star rating instead of five. The first is that several entries end abruptly as the last lin...more
Kim
His choices were subjective. He admitted to not reading one of Carl Barks' Disney comics but including it because he liked the cover. Although the tidbits he offered per comic could be interesting, he should have provided more information. Not worth the money. Even as a novice, there were titles I've seen on numerous top comic lists that weren't included here. He did include some underground comics and award-winning graphic novels.
Will
This book is really fun starting with issues from the 1930s all the way through the 1960s. Then it starts to peter off a little more each decade after that (like underground comix given only a few shout outs etc). Some glaring oversights, but also some really interesting comics showcasing the different eras. Worth checking out from the library, but maybe not owning.
Christopher Obert
I read this book while I was doing research for my own book about comic books and I found it very fun and useful. The book has tons of color cover images and short descriptions of each comic. Tony also gives you longer descriptions on each decade and those very important comic book issues. A great book any comic book fan will appreciate.
Jimi
I was a bit leery of this one originally, but it turned out to be fantastic. Of corse there were comics thatI didn't agree with, overall the auther was right n the money.
Raúl
It got interesting in the end when modern Batman and graphic novels began to appear.
Wouldn't recommended this to anyone that isn't a comic book's fan.
Miss Lasko-Gross
Fun to read, but points off for bad copy editing (a few paragraphs that cut off mid sentence) and the inclusion of an EMBARRASSING amount of his own work.
Jdetrick
I would have preferred less comics and more information on each one, but it's still a wonderful way to populate a list of comics you want to read.
Shannon
Excellent, funny, and useful book! Highly recommend for any comic fan.
Will
Read it on Kindle. Somewhat gratified to find I'd read most of them.
Steve
"Pep Comics #17" (1941)? Yeah, I'll, uh, get right on that.
Keerthana
coooooooooooooooooooool

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