Comic Books 101: The History, Methods and Madness
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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 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!
a Treasury Edition of her own to appreciate — an adaptation of The Wizard Of Oz, also produced through a joint venture between the country's two largest comic-book publishers, Marvel and DC Comics. Again, a quality production that made one wonder why these two powerhouses didn't pair up more often. Why were they selfish with their characters? What other characters were out there that could potentially be paired up? These questions assaulted my young brain. So we've written a book to explain it
such as Batman and President John F. Kennedy, who once agreed to pose as Clark Kent during a television tribute to Superman in Action Comics #309 (cover date February 1964). By the 1970s, under the pen of writers Cary Bates and Elliot S! Maggin, Superman and Lois enter into the beginning of an actual relationship when he admits his feelings for Lois, and that it is his fear for her safety that is keeping them apart. But Lois isn't the only woman in Superman's life. In 1945, DC began publishing
Erdel, who drops dead from shock at the sight of the newly arrived Martian. Stranded on Earth, J'onn anglicizes his name to the more American-sounding John Jones, and uses his Martian abilities to shape-change into a human. J'onn works as a police detective and uses his Martian powers on the job in superheroic fashion, and there are quite a few of them. Aside from the shape-changing, J'onn is super-strong and can fly, turn invisible and read minds. Plus, there is his ill-defined and infrequently
with the misunderstood creature. Why not transfer the misunderstood monster to comics? Stan also borrowed from Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, giving his monster hero the ability to change back and forth from man to beast. As Stan recalls in Origins of Marvel Comics, “Now all that remained was to find a name… I knew I needed a perfect name for a monstrous, potentially murderous hulking brute who – and then I stopped. It was the word ‘hulking' that did it. It conjured up the
and which would feature a more “hard-luck hero” approach. Taking inspiration from the 1930s pulp hero the Spider, Stan dubbed his new creation Spider-Man, and premiered his new character in the final issue of Amazing Fantasy. Since the book was already going to get the axe, as Stan explained to then-Marvel publisher Martin Goodman, what's the harm in trying something new? Something new indeed. Thanks to Steve Ditko's brilliant costume design and spare, streamlined art style, along with the most