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Marvel Comics in the 1960s: An Issue-By-Issue Field Guide to a Pop Culture Phenomenon
After being relegated to the realm of children's literature for the first 25 years of its history, the comic book industry experienced an unexpected flowering in the early 1960s. A celebration of that emergence, Marvel Comics in the 1960s: An Issue-by-Issue Field Guide to a Pop Culture Phenomenon presents a step-by-step look at how a company that had the reputation of bein ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Two Morrows Publishing
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As a fan of Silver Age comics, I couldn't have been more happy with Marvel Comics in the 1960s. It is absolutely spot on when it comes to what made Marvel Great during this period of comic book history. While some complain of formatting, anything lacking in the book was easily compensated for in pure content. The author clearly loves these old comics as much as I have, and it shows in his writing, while providing great commentary on many of the very best stories from our heroes, Stan, Kirby and ...more
There are layout and repetition issues, and Comtois, a fretful sort, is constantly lamenting the passing of an era even in the midst of greatness. Some of his judgments seem wrong-headed too (Heck, Colletta, Tartaglione and "Sgt. Fury" have no bigger fan). But in these capsule reviews, Comtois again and again demonstrates that he gets what made Marvel great. On the all-important Kirby or Lee question, he sides with Lee, persuasively.
The stench of fanboy gets pretty thick -- bring on the exclamation points and the unqualified superlative declaratives! -- but Comtois provides a entertaining overview of what made Marvel's sixties comics great. (How Stan Lee churned out so many amazing stories, I'll never know.) The best part is the many reproductions of classic Marvel pages, which provide examples of how the original pencils, the inking and the script work together.
Jun 12, 2014 Jdetrick rated it liked it
I've come to the conclusion that the TwoMorrows books are not for me. I don't think they're bad, per se, but here are editing issues about them that don't thrill me, and I don't understand the odd match of pictures and texts. There are some interesting ideas here, but I feel the book repeats a little too much.