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Football's Comic Book Heroes
by Adam Riches
Ever since boys' comics were first published in the middle years of the nineteenth century, they have offered readers fun, adventure and escapism. This book tells the stories of footballing heroes. It presents the history of the comic book footballer. It introduces the magic of these imaginary sporting stars to a whole new generation.
Ever since boys' comics were first published in the middle years of the nineteenth century, they have offered readers fun, adventure and escapism. As participation and attendance at sports events rose dramatically in the early years of the twentieth century, so boys' comics focused more and more on sportsmen, with footballers becoming the ultimate favourites. Millions of boys' comics were sold in the 'golden age' in the 1920s and '30s. The introduction of football stories in cartoon-strip format proved immensely popular, and during the 1950s and '60s comics enjoyed a renaissance, with "The Rover", "Tiger and The Hotspur" among the top titles. The 1970s saw the launch of dedicated football comics such as "Scorcher" and "Score 'n' Roar". Within the pages of these titles, legends were born, but for every "Hot Shot" Hamish there were dozens of other footballing heroes, and this book tells their stories, too. Although these comics are no longer in circulation, they still generate a huge level of interest among boys and men of all ages, and the culture of the comic book hero continues. Using the archives of publishers DC Thomson and Co. Limited, IPC Media Limited and Egmont UK Limited, the authors have produced a definitive history of the comic book footballer. This unique and nostalgic account of the football comic book phenomenon will jog the memories of older readers and introduce the magic of these imaginary sporting stars to a whole new generation.
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"This lavishly illustrated paean to the genre will delight devotees (Book of the Week)" -- Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday "If you need a book on football comics, this is the one to have" When Saturday Comes "Sheds light on a largely forgotten but still strangely edifying genre" ShortList "Excellent" Sport Magazine "A pictorial romp ... Nintendo and the rest will never be as much fun as this lot" philosophyfootball.com
About Adam Riches
Adam Riches is a journalist and writer of more than 20 years' experience, Tim Parker has had many years' experience as a freelance art editor and Robert Frankland is a passionate collector of football comics.
Football's Comic Book Heroes by Adam Riches
Used - Very Good
Transworld Publishers Ltd
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