Taking you from the 1930s into the 1950s, this is a story of the rise of the creative popular art form through to the decline that set in with the self-censorship imposed on publishers by Congress and the churches.
The world has never seen the like of the American comic book. In their heyday, the top 500 comics sold over 60 million copies a month between them, and are still avidly collected today. They attracted highly talented artists who could create characters and tell stories as memorable as those in any movie or popular novel. There were superheroes with bulging biceps and super heroines with bulging bosoms, funny men and funny animals, gangster and villains, war comics and sci-fi comics, and those that revelled in crime and horror, the supernatural and sex - eventually attracting the censorious eye of the social reformers. Taking us from the 1930s into the 1950s, Nicky Wright tells the fascinating story of the rise of this highly creative popular art form through to the decline that set in with the self-censorship imposed on publishers by Congress and the churches. Highly illustrated with a huge range of front covers, comic strips, and characters, the book also covers the personalities who wrote, drew and edited them to create a history that will enlighten newcomers and enthral collectors.
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Nicky Wright was a comics collector and writer/photographer who spent years travelling through America meeting artists and publishers, listening to their stories and photographing collections. He lived for most of the last fifteen years of his life in Michigan, but died in 2000 in England, home of his birth.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Come on the Clowns; 2. Up, Up and Away!; 3. Superhero Frenzy; 4. The Comics Go to War; 5. Let's Go Girls; 6. Animal Crackers; 7. Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam; 8. Horror and Crime at a Dime a Time; 9. More Good Girls: A Bit of Romance and War Too; 10. Horror We, How's Bayou?; It's All Over Now; Bibliography.
Golden Age of American Comics by Nicky Wright
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