Saturday, February 02, 2013

Twomorrows previews its American Comic Book Chronicles

Twomorrows Publishing, producer of the excellent Alter Ego, Jack Kirby Collector and Back Issue comics-history mags is launching a series of hardcover books charting the history of American comic books.

The first volume, which focuses on the superhero revival years of 1960-64, is out this month. You can check out a generous, 50-page preview here. Looks good!

Here's what Twomorrows has to say:

The American Comic Book Chronicles features TwoMorrows' top authors documenting every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! John Wells leads off with the first of two volumes on the 1960s, covering all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details of comics in the JFK and Beatles era! You'll get a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends, including: DC Comics' rebirth of Green Lantern, Hawkman, and others, and the launch of Justice League of America and multiple earths! Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's transformation of superhero comics with the debut of Marvel's  Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Avengers, and other iconic characters! Plus Batman gets a "new look", the Blue Beetle is revamped at Charlton Comics, and Creepy #1 brings horror back to comic book form, just as Harvey's "kid" comics are booming! These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover. 

1960-64 Volume: (224-page FULL-COLOR HARDCOVER) $39.95
(Digital Edition) $11.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60549-045-8 • NOW SHIPPING!

COMING IN MARCH:
1980s Volume: (288-page FULL-COLOR HARDCOVER) $41.95
(Digital Edition) $12.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60549-046-5 • Diamond Comic Distributors Order
COMING SOON:
1950s Volume: Ships Summer 2013
1970s Volume: Ships Fall 2013 
1965-69 VolumeShips Spring 2014
1940-44 Volume: Ships Summer 2014
1990s VolumeShips Fall 2014
1945-49 Volume: Ships Spring 2015

Taken together, the series forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for ANY comic book enthusiast!

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