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60+ years of comic book exploits--on the page and behind the scenes. Welcome to "Comic Books 101," the complete, definitive and super-cool guide to the universe of caped crusaders, irradiated spiders, fantastic foursomes and the super-talents behind their creation. Want to know when Marvel, DC and so many other publishers got their start? Wonder why Spider-Man can't challeng 60+ years of comic book exploits--on the page and behind the scenes. Welcome to "Comic Books 101," the complete, definitive and super-cool guide to the universe of caped crusaders, irradiated spiders, fantastic foursomes and the super-talents behind their creation. Want to know when Marvel, DC and so many other publishers got their start? Wonder why Spider-Man can't challenge Batman or the Justice League? Curious why the Avengers don't battle it out once and for all? It's all covered here: the good, the bad guys and the ugly truths--like why one of Batman's originators died virtually unknown and penniless. Whether you're an absolute newbie, a casual fan or a loyal collector, this book holds the answers. "Comic Books 101" will increase your knowledge and enjoyment of this great art form, and grant you the superpower of impressing others with useless yet fascinating trivia! (Which superhero dated a mermaid? Who battled the evil "Egghead," portrayed by what famous actor?) Includes an introduction by Stan "The Man" Lee, plus contributions from Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison, Gene Simmons, Mark Waid, Paul Dini, Joe Hill, Marv Wolfman, Joe Casey and many others. Reveals backstories for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, the Justice League of America, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Avengers, the X-Men...and other comic book greats. Offers an all-inclusive overview of comics, then and now--from the Sub-Mariner to Bone, from origins to Hollywood adaptations...complete with lingo, required reading lists, bios of the most influential names in the industry and much more!


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60+ years of comic book exploits--on the page and behind the scenes. Welcome to "Comic Books 101," the complete, definitive and super-cool guide to the universe of caped crusaders, irradiated spiders, fantastic foursomes and the super-talents behind their creation. Want to know when Marvel, DC and so many other publishers got their start? Wonder why Spider-Man can't challeng 60+ years of comic book exploits--on the page and behind the scenes. Welcome to "Comic Books 101," the complete, definitive and super-cool guide to the universe of caped crusaders, irradiated spiders, fantastic foursomes and the super-talents behind their creation. Want to know when Marvel, DC and so many other publishers got their start? Wonder why Spider-Man can't challenge Batman or the Justice League? Curious why the Avengers don't battle it out once and for all? It's all covered here: the good, the bad guys and the ugly truths--like why one of Batman's originators died virtually unknown and penniless. Whether you're an absolute newbie, a casual fan or a loyal collector, this book holds the answers. "Comic Books 101" will increase your knowledge and enjoyment of this great art form, and grant you the superpower of impressing others with useless yet fascinating trivia! (Which superhero dated a mermaid? Who battled the evil "Egghead," portrayed by what famous actor?) Includes an introduction by Stan "The Man" Lee, plus contributions from Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison, Gene Simmons, Mark Waid, Paul Dini, Joe Hill, Marv Wolfman, Joe Casey and many others. Reveals backstories for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, the Justice League of America, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Avengers, the X-Men...and other comic book greats. Offers an all-inclusive overview of comics, then and now--from the Sub-Mariner to Bone, from origins to Hollywood adaptations...complete with lingo, required reading lists, bios of the most influential names in the industry and much more!

30 review for Comic Books 101: The History, Methods and Madness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim Tincher

    Good potential, great passion - middling execution. I sometimes read Scott Tipton's Comics 101, and it's an excellent blog. But this book really isn't targeted well. Is it for comics fans? Then why does it include such basic info? Is it for newcomers? Then why do they have sections where they ask people "what's your favorite series of comics," and then, when the person gives 5 issues and says "I love how superhero x goes through hell then back again," why don't they explain what happened for thos Good potential, great passion - middling execution. I sometimes read Scott Tipton's Comics 101, and it's an excellent blog. But this book really isn't targeted well. Is it for comics fans? Then why does it include such basic info? Is it for newcomers? Then why do they have sections where they ask people "what's your favorite series of comics," and then, when the person gives 5 issues and says "I love how superhero x goes through hell then back again," why don't they explain what happened for those of us who don't know what happened in "SuperXMan issues 173-182?" Even worse, they ask people what their favorite cover is - then don't include a shot of that cover! What were they thinking? A good summertime read - but it could have been less frustrating!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jaq Greenspon

    Good, informative primer on the history of comic books. There are some glaring inconsistencies though - they talk about the dissolution of the Kirby Awards but then never explain what the Kirby Awards were. Also, since the book came out in 2009, the chapters on TV and Film adaptations miss the MCU and DCEU completely. This isn't their fault, obviously, but it certainly makes those chapters a bit outdated. That all said, the recommended reading lists are great. If you're new to comics, there prob Good, informative primer on the history of comic books. There are some glaring inconsistencies though - they talk about the dissolution of the Kirby Awards but then never explain what the Kirby Awards were. Also, since the book came out in 2009, the chapters on TV and Film adaptations miss the MCU and DCEU completely. This isn't their fault, obviously, but it certainly makes those chapters a bit outdated. That all said, the recommended reading lists are great. If you're new to comics, there probably isn't a better place to start. I'd absolutely give this to my kid if she decides she's interested in comic books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frank Eldritch

    This has been one of the smartest purchase I made last year! I've only started reading comic books since 2009 (mostly DC, Dark Horse and Vertigo titles) but I know that there are tons of great works out there I have yet to have an access to so this was a great companion book which I treated like my own personal librarian. It provided me all the histories, important landmark works and other fun facts that I needed to pursue comic books with more vigor and understanding about its production, conte This has been one of the smartest purchase I made last year! I've only started reading comic books since 2009 (mostly DC, Dark Horse and Vertigo titles) but I know that there are tons of great works out there I have yet to have an access to so this was a great companion book which I treated like my own personal librarian. It provided me all the histories, important landmark works and other fun facts that I needed to pursue comic books with more vigor and understanding about its production, content and legacy. This was also quite an affordable book, only below 400 pesos, and it's an aesthetic read; with various colored pages that feature easily understandable texts, eye-candy photos and all kinds of basic knowledge to equip any comic book novice as well as long-time connoisseurs of the form. The authors have great appreciation for comic books and it definitely shows. Once they have opened the doors and portals, I myself can't get enough of the scenery and landscapes that only comic books and graphic novels can allow you to explore. If you want to get started on comic books, this is your ultimate go-to reference. Excelsior!

  4. 4 out of 5

    J.

    This book literally is what the title suggests (which, believe it or not, is kinda rare for this kind of thing). Whereas McCloud's books are intended for those beginning the study of comics from the point of view of a critic or creator, this book is for the person who has literally never walked into a comic book shop before. And it is fantastic at doing exactly that--getting you up to speed on the absolute basics of reading comics (with an eye toward the superhero genre). Highly recommended if y This book literally is what the title suggests (which, believe it or not, is kinda rare for this kind of thing). Whereas McCloud's books are intended for those beginning the study of comics from the point of view of a critic or creator, this book is for the person who has literally never walked into a comic book shop before. And it is fantastic at doing exactly that--getting you up to speed on the absolute basics of reading comics (with an eye toward the superhero genre). Highly recommended if you're one of those people who really would like to read comics, but feels afraid that your lack of general knowledge would embarrass you. This would be a fantastic textbook to use in a graphic novels class (rather than some of the others that can tend to talk a bit over undergrad's heads). HIGHLY recommended

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    You will never get a definitive summary of comic books and the comic book industry, but this book comes about as close as you can get. It's a book of interest to long time collectors like me, with some details even I never knew, and to the complete novice. Publishers, creators, heroes, film and tv, all are covered in a lively, chatty style of writing, as well as a nice overview of the industry going back to its origins in the 30's. Plenty of illustrations and recommendations for further reading r You will never get a definitive summary of comic books and the comic book industry, but this book comes about as close as you can get. It's a book of interest to long time collectors like me, with some details even I never knew, and to the complete novice. Publishers, creators, heroes, film and tv, all are covered in a lively, chatty style of writing, as well as a nice overview of the industry going back to its origins in the 30's. Plenty of illustrations and recommendations for further reading round out an excellent book. The only negative is that it was published in 2009, and so lacks detail on the many major events since then, including nearly all the Marvel Studios movies. Time for a new edition I believe, it deserves one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Great book on the history and main forces behind comics. It give a nice short history of the publication of comics, an overview of the main characters from DC and Marvel, a look at some of the big companies out there, and a wonderful look at some of the adaptations of comic book properties in other media. Highly recommended from this reader (an not because he knows one of the authors).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dolores

    Almost done with this one and it was nice. There were some great stories about the origins of comics and the people who made them. But, it was scattered, sort of like reading a book of lists.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Armchair Squid

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    Great little beginners guide to comics

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brian Callahan

    This book provides a good general overview of comics and some important people associated with them using a fan boy perspective.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    perfect book to intro comics, their production, stars, movies, publishers etc.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mina

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    Luce

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    James Mahoney

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    Rick Ewing

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    John Guarino

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    Michael Geszel

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  22. 4 out of 5

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    Suzanne

  28. 4 out of 5

    SRIGURUKULAM SEC SCHOOL

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    Michael Moreci

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