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The Horror! The Horror! by Jim Trombetta
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Jan 05, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, from-library, graphic-novels, horror-and-horror-ish
Read from January 02 to 04, 2011

3.5 stars
This was a little bit disappointing, in that it was sort of neither fish nor fowl; it seems a bit like the author both wanted to release a big fancy collection of horror comics, and also write an historical, critical book about them, and the end result is that this book is a mediocre example of both. If you just want to see the horror comics, you will be a bit disappointed, as many of the stories are only alluded to or not reproduced in full; each chapter averages most of one story, along with a lot of covers and a few single pages or frames from other stories. Additionally, if you're looking for in-depth critical discussion of the role horror comics played, or a detailed history of their censorship, you will also be disappointed.

This is still an entertaining book, however, and the paper quality is great -- I doubt the comics have looked this good since they were first printed. It made me want to see out more information about the Comics Code, and find more horror comic reprints.
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