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Blue Beetle Companion (Blue Beetle)

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The Blue Beetle debuted in 1939, rivaling such icons as Superman and Batman for longevity in comics, but not in popularity until his recent death and resurrection as a result of DC Comics' hit Infinite Crisis series. Now, Comic Book Artist Magazine's Christopher Irving explores the history and uncovers the secrets lurking under the cover of the character's comics in The Bl ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by TwoMorrows Publishing (first published March 7th 2007)
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Timothy Boyd
Very good history and reference book for this Golden to Modern age comic character. Well laid out and written. Tons of art reprints from the entirety of the characters history. Very recommended to comic fans
Blue Beetle Companion: His Many Lives from 1939 to Today
Author: Christoper Irving
Publisher: Two Morrows Publishing
Published In: Raleigh, NC, USA
Date: 2007
Pgs: 124


In 1939, a man discovered a scarab that gave him superpowers. A superhero’s career was born. From then to today, from Fox Comics to Charlton Comics to DC Comics, the Blue Beetle has evolved and changed with the times. This book chronicles his 60+ years of history and features a Who’s Who of comic book
Tim Schneider
I'm well aware that it's madness to say, when reviewing a book, "this isn't what I would have done". But, well, this book isn't what I would have done.

There's definitely a story to be told here. And Irving tells parts of it. The Blue Beetle is one of the few superheroes to span the decades since the 1940s. There's a lot of history there...but only bits of it get told. I can't parse the decision to devote fully 60% of the book to the Golden Age version of the character. Yes it's an important era
Mike Aragona
An interesting read and review of the history of The Blue Beetle from the Pulp days through the current period (pre-Black Beetle, however).[return][return]I realize that there was a lot of information and details unearthed by this book, especially for the Golden Age period, but, in the end, I would say that it didn't have as much "meat" to it. Not because of the author, but rather, simply put, because of the hero. Although it seems like BB was quite a big draw for Fox Publications way back when, ...more
This is a well-researched study of the history of a comic book character who has gone through several revisions at multiple companies. I love the Blue Beetle of DC's Justice League International, and was hoping it would focus more on him (he is most prominently featured on the cover). Still, it was interesting to learn about the origin of the original Golden Age Blue Beetle (I had no idea that Will Eisner and Jack Kirby played roles in it), as well as how the character was updated by Steve Ditko ...more
It's a shame that this isn't better. The Blue Beetle is an interesting character and the history of his publication (particularly in the Golden Age) isn't one that is often told. Unfortunately. This book is not well written. The style is uninteresting and stilted, with repetitive and poor word choices. There's some decent information contained here, but it's not enjoyable getting to it.
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