• Comics & Graphic Novels

The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains

Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History
Author: Jon Morris
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 1594749337
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 256
View: 8213
The oddest supervillains in comics history, in one amazing art-filled collection of overlooked crooked characters. From the golden age to the modern graphic novel, comic book superheroes need villains to battle. This collection affectionately spotlights the most ridiculous, bizarre, and cringe-worthy ever published, from fandom favorites like MODOK and Egg Fu to forgotten weirdos like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poison bricks). Casual comics readers and diehard enthusiasts alike will relish the hilarious commentary by author Jon Morris and vintage art from obscure old comics.

    • Comic books, strips, etc

The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains

Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History
Author: Jon Morris
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 1594749329
Category: Comic books, strips, etc
Page: 256
View: 1799
Every hero needs a villain. But not all villains are dangerous-some are incompetent, comical, or just . . . weird. In his follow-up to The League of Regrettable Superheroes, author Jon Morris presents over a hundred of the strangest, most stupefying supervillains to ever see print in comics. Meet D-list rogues like Brickbat (choice of weapon- poisonous bricks), Robbing Hood (steals from the poor to give to the rich), Swarm (a crook made of bees; Nazi bees), and many more. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains affectionately and hilariously profiles oddball criminals from the history of comics.

    • Art

The League of Regrettable Superheroes

Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History
Author: Jon Morris
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1594747636
Category: Art
Page: 255
View: 631
For every superhero hitting the big time with a blockbuster movie, there are countless failures, also-rans, and D-listers. The League of Regrettable Superheroes affectionately presents one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print—from Atoman to Zippo—complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, the book celebrates characters that haven't seen the light of day in decades, like Natureboy, Dr. Hormone, Thunder Bunny, and more. It's a must-read for comics fans of all ages!

    • Comics & Graphic Novels

Take That Adolf!

The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War
Author: Mark Fertig
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 1606999877
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 176
View: 1113
Between 1941 and 1945, Hitler was pummeled on comic book covers by everyone from Captain America to Wonder Woman. Take That, Adolf! is an oversized compilation of more than 500 stunningly restored comics covers published during World War II, featuring America’s greatest super-villain. From Superman and Daredevil to propaganda and racism, Take That, Adolf! is a fascinating look at how legendary creators such as Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Alex Schomburg, Will Eisner, and Lou Fine entertained millions of kids on the home front and buoyed the spirits of GIs fighting overseas by using Adolf Hitler as a punching bag.

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The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen

Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History
Author: Hope Nicholson
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 1594749493
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 240
View: 378
A woman's place is saving the universe. Think comic books can’t feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you’ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who’ve populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. With vintage art, publication details, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women’s roles in comics, and spotlights on iconic favorites like Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen proves that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, they’ve always been there.

    • Humor

Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?

And Other Amazing Comic Book Trivia!
Author: Brian Cronin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101585447
Category: Humor
Page: 288
View: 7949
Outrageous, fascinating and bizarre facts from every corner of the comic book universeWhat comic book artist was the recipient of an on-stage thank you from Paul McCartney and an on-air apology from Johnny Carson? What superhero got his powers by being bitten by a mongoose? What popular NPR host was forever immortalized as a "bad boyfriend" in a notable comic book? In Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?, author Brian Cronin will answer those questions and more by revealing the most obscure, wacky and surprising facts about comics—from the characters and creators, to the TV shows, movies and merch. Cronin has teamed up with some of the top comic book writers and artists of today to present 100 trivia lists, including: · Nine Celebrities That Guest-Starred in Comic Books…without Their Permission · Seven Bands That Got Their Names from Comics · Ten Crazy Items Found on Batman’s Utility Belt · Five Comic Book Inventions That Eventually Became Real · Five Stupidest Superhero Origins · And much, much more! From Batman to Spiderman, Aquaman to the X-Men, each list in Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? will entertain and inform whether you’re a hardcore geek or a casual fan.

    • Social Science

Was Superman a Spy?

And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed
Author: Brian Cronin
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101046562
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
View: 2263
Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and persistent myths that have piled up like priceless back issues in the seventy-plus years of the comic book industry, including: * Elvis Presley's trademark hairstyle was based on a comic book character (True) * Stan Lee featured a gay character in one of Marvel's 1960s war comics (False) * Wolverine of the X-Men was originally meant to be an actual wolverine! (True) * What would have been DC's first black superhero was changed at the last moment to a white hero (True) * A Dutch inventor was blocked from getting a patent on a process because it had been used previously in a Donald Duck comic book (True) With many more legends resolved, Was Superman a Spy? is a must-have for the legions of comic book fans and all seekers of "truth, justice, and the American way."

    • Humor

Mail-Order Mysteries

Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads
Author: Kirk Demarais
Publisher: Insight Editions
ISBN: 9781608870264
Category: Humor
Page: 156
View: 4466
Rediscover your sense of wonder! Generations of comic book readers remember the tantalizing promises of vintage novelty advertisements that offered authentic laser-gun plans, x-ray specs, and even 7-foot-tall monsters (with glow-in-the-dark eyes!). But what would you really get if you entrusted your hard-earned $1.69 to the post office? Mail-Order Mysteries answers this question, revealing the amazing truths (and agonizing exaggerations) about the actual products marketed to kids in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Pop-culture historian Kirk Demarais shares his astonishing collection, including: 100 Toy Soldiers in a Footlocker Count Dante’s World’s Deadliest Fighting Secrets GRIT Hercules Wrist Band Hypno-Coin Life-Size Monsters Mystic Smoke Sea Monkeys Soil From Dracula’s Castle U-Control Ghost Ventrilo Voice Thrower ...and many, many more! With more than 150 extraordinary, peculiar, and downright fraudulent collectibles, Mail-Order Mysteries is a must-have book comic book fans everywhere. Trust us.

    • Comics & Graphic Novels

Super Weird Heroes


Author: Fletcher Hanks,Jerry Siegel,Joe Shuster,George Tuska,John Buscema,L. B. Cole,Jim Mooney,Mort Meskin,Will Eisner,Bill Everett
Publisher: IDW Publishing
ISBN: 9781631407451
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 328
View: 8264
SUPER!--SUPER Weird Heroes is the first superhero book from Yoe Books/IDW! Over 500 pages, this ginormous tome is as thick as a brick! This bargained-priced book is filled with tons of rare, full-color, never-before-reprinted comics which could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars on the collector's market! WEIRD!--Super WEIRD Heroes is the most bizarro, wacky, wild, astonishing eye-popping, jaw-dropping, book... EVAH! It's loaded with beyond-belief "WHAT TH'?!?!" moments! Wait till you tell your friends what you discover in its pages! HEROES!--Super Weird HEROES will make you laugh, cry, and be immensely entertained! You're going to witness Public Domain superheroes like The Hand (yes, he's a giant hand), The Eye (you got it-he's a yuuuge eye), The Bouncer (this super-hero-in-a-skirt's power is bouncing)! There's Rainbow Boy (he sports a towering rainbow mohawk on his head), Boomerang (he defeats Nazi hordes and weaponry by throwing a little boomerang), Kangaroo Man (don't jump to conclusions-he's even weirder than you think-his fighting partner is a talking kangaroo!). You'll spit-take your milk reading the adventures of The Yellowjacket (he fights villains with bees), Madame Fatal (a cross dressing hero), and Phantasmo (who fights criminals barely wearing any clothes at all)! And this is just a small fraction of the Super Weird Heroes you'll experience in this must-have book-there are over 65 super weird heroes in all! Super Weird Heroes is edited by the Eisner winner Craig Yoe who Vice Magaizine called, "The Indiana Jones of nerd-perv artifacts!"

    • Comics & Graphic Novels

Four Color Fear

Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s
Author: Greg Sadowski,John Benson
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 1606993437
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 320
View: 8308
A massive collection of never-before-collected pre-Comics Code horror comics of the 1950s. Of the myriad genres comic books ventured into during its golden age, none was as controversial as or came at a greater cost than horror; the public outrage it incited almost destroyed the entire industry. Yet before the watchdog groups and Congress could intercede, horror books were flying off the newsstands. During its peak period (1951–54) over fifty titles appeared each month. Apparently there was something perversely irresistible about these graphic excursions into our dark side, and Four Color Fear collects the finest of these into a single robust volume.

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Reefer Madness


Author: Various
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 1630087750
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 200
View: 2130
Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930's to the 1950's and beyond. Adventure Comics, by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and works by Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, and many more, reveal the social reaction to this era of "Reefer Madness". Like the anti-drug propaganda film, these stories range from comically misinformed to soberly concerned about the influence of Mary Jane on the youth of America. Eisner and Harvey Award winner Craig Yoe brings us his newest collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics. See how marijuana was perceived in the days of ignorance before it was legalized by the visionary people of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado! See marijuana demonized as a "Satan's cigarettes" in 1950's comics!

    • Literary Criticism

Hero-A-Go-Go

Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, & Culture of the Swinging Sixties
Author: Michael Eury
Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
ISBN: 1605490733
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 272
View: 2149
Welcome to the CAMP AGE, when spies liked their wars cold and their women warm, good guys beat bad guys with a pun and a punch, and Batman shook a mean cape. HERO-A-GO-GO celebrates the camp craze of the Swinging Sixties, when just about everyone—the teens of Riverdale, an ant and a squirrel, even the President of the United States—was a super-hero or a secret agent. Back Issue magazine and former DC Comics editor MICHAEL EURY takes you through that coolest cultural phenomenon with this lively collection of nostalgic essays, histories, and theme song lyrics of classic 1960s characters like Captain Action, Herbie the Fat Fury, Captain Nice, Atom Ant, Scooter, ACG’s Nemesis, Dell’s super-Frankenstein and Dracula, the “split!” Captain Marvel, and others! Featuring interviews with Bill Mumy (Lost in Space), Bob Holiday (It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman), Ralph Bakshi (The Mighty Heroes, Spider-Man), Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean Meet Batman), Ramona Fradon (Metamorpho), Tony Tallarico (The Great Society Comic Book), Vince Gargiulo (Palisades Park historian), Joe Sinnott (The Beatles comic book), Jose Delbo (The Monkees comic book), and many more!

    • Literary Criticism

The Physics of Superheroes


Author: James Kakalios
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781592402427
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 364
View: 3716
An exploration of the science behind the powers of popular comic superheroes and villains illustrates the physics principles underlying the supernatural abilities of such characters as Superman, Magneto, and Spider-Man.

    • Comics & Graphic Novels

Super Patriotic Heroes


Author: Will Eisner,Alex Schomburg,Charles Sultan,Richard Hughes
Publisher: IDW Publishing
ISBN: 1684064457
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: N.A
View: 8693
These full-color comic stories from World War II tell of true role models of the patriotic ideal. Starting with The Shield and followed by Captain America, a whole battalion of red, white, and blue heroes appeared on the four-color page to help fight the Nazis. Their fascinating history and their stirring tales will both entertain and inspire new generations! See the two-fisted, three-colored Miss America, The Fighting Yank, Super-American, U.S. Jones, Captain Freedom, Lady Liberty, Major Victory, American Eagle, Captain Victory, and many more!

    • Humor

Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of


Author: Stuart Ashen
Publisher: Unbound Publishing
ISBN: 1783522577
Category: Humor
Page: 192
View: 2293
Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of is a full-colour illustrated compendium of the most painfully bad games, based on Ashens' YouTube series of the same name. Everyone's heard of E.T. for the Atari 2600 and Superman for the Nintendo 64, but these are almost nothing next to the abject incompetence of Count Duckula 2 on the Amstrad CPC. There are people who seriously believe that Shaq Fu is the worst fighting game ever made, having never experienced Dangerous Streets on the Amiga. This book will blow their very soul apart. (Not a guarantee.) Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of is meticulously researched and written, with the dry humour you'd expect from a man who has somehow made a living by sticking rubbish on a sofa and talking about it. Each entry is accompanied by a series of full-colour images from the games.

    • Comics & Graphic Novels

FICTION HOUSE FROM PULPS TO PA


Author: Mitch Maglio
Publisher: IDW Publishing
ISBN: 9781631408670
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 300
View: 6940
From sexy jungle girls to even sexier ray gun toting space women and beyond, Fiction House Comics had it all! Now for the first time the entire history of Fiction House, the leading purveyor of Good Girl art during the Golden Age of Comics, is told in a single volume! Stuffed with breathtaking cover reproductions, original artwork and full length stories, Fiction House: From Pulp to Panels tells the story of one of the most successful publishers through the works of legends such as Matt Baker, George Tuska, Lou Fine, Bob Lubbers, and Lily Renee.

    • Literary Criticism

1,000 Comic Books You Must Read


Author: Tony Isabella
Publisher: Krause Publications Incorporated
ISBN: 9780896899216
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 272
View: 2271
Offers a compilation of classic comic books, along with cover images, publication details, and the reason behind each comic book's selection.

    • Comics & Graphic Novels

Slugfest

Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC
Author: Reed Tucker
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0306825473
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 304
View: 4322
The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes book treatment of the rivalry between the two comic book giants. THEY ARE THE TWO TITANS OF THE COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY--the Coke and Pepsi of superheroes--and for more than 50 years, Marvel and DC have been locked in an epic battle for spandex supremacy. At stake is not just sales, but cultural relevancy and the hearts of millions of fans. To many partisans, Marvel is now on top. But for much of the early 20th century, it was DC that was the undisputed leader, having launched the American superhero genre with the 1938 publication of Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel's Superman strip. DC's titles sold millions of copies every year, and its iconic characters were familiar to nearly everyone in America. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman--DC had them all. And then in 1961, an upstart company came out of nowhere to smack mighty DC in the chops. With the publication of Fantastic Four #1, Marvel changed the way superheroes stories were done. Writer-editor Stan Lee, artists Jack Kirby, and the talented Marvel bullpen subsequently unleashed a string of dazzling new creations, including the Avengers, Hulk, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Iron Man. Marvel's rise forever split fandom into two opposing tribes. Suddenly the most telling question you could ask a superhero lover became "Marvel or DC?" Slugfest, the first book to chronicle the history of this epic rivalry into a single, in-depth narrative, is the story of the greatest corporate rivalry never told. Complete with interviews with the major names in the industry, Slugfest reveals the arsenal of schemes the two companies have employed in their attempts to outmaneuver the competition, whether it be stealing ideas, poaching employees, planting spies, or launching price wars. The feud has never completely disappeared, and it simmers on a low boil to this day. With DC and Marvel characters becoming global icons worth billions, if anything, the stakes are higher now than ever before.

    • Humor

F*ck That

An Honest Meditation
Author: Jason Headley
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
ISBN: 110190724X
Category: Humor
Page: 64
View: 1784
Let this book help you find peace with the challenges that surround you. Because they are f*cking everywhere. We all have an inner voice. Sometimes it's just not quite as serene as we'd like. Based on the viral video that had everyone from yogis to workaholics raving, F*ck That is the completely truthful and oddly tranquil guide to achieving your inner peace. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Literary Criticism

Why Comics?

From Underground to Everywhere
Author: Hillary Chute
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062476815
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 464
View: 8109
Filled with beautiful full-color art, dynamic storytelling, and insightful analysis, Hillary Chute’s Why Comics? reveals what makes one of the most critically acclaimed and popular art forms unique and so appealing, and how it got that way. Over the past century, fans have elevated comics from the back pages of newspapers into one of our most celebrated forms of culture, from Fun Home, the Tony Award–winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic memoir, to the dozens of superhero films that are annual blockbusters worldwide. What is the essence of comics’ appeal? What does this art form do that others can’t? Whether you’ve read every comic you can get your hands on or you’re just starting your journey, Why Comics? has something for you. Author Hillary Chute chronicles comics culture, explaining underground comics (also known as “comix”) and graphic novels, analyzing their evolution, and offering fascinating portraits of the creative men and women behind them. Chute reveals why these works—a blend of concise words and striking visuals—are an extraordinarily powerful form of expression that stimulates us intellectually and emotionally. Focusing on ten major themes—disaster, superheroes, sex, the suburbs, cities, punk, illness and disability, girls, war, and queerness—Chute explains how comics gets its messages across more effectively than any other form. “Why Disaster?” explores how comics are uniquely suited to convey the scale and disorientation of calamity, from Art Spiegelman’s representation of the Holocaust and 9/11 to Keiji Nakazawa’s focus on Hiroshima. “Why the Suburbs?” examines how the work of Chris Ware and Charles Burns illustrates the quiet joys and struggles of suburban existence; and “Why Punk?” delves into how comics inspire and reflect the punk movement’s DIY aesthetics—giving birth to a democratic medium increasingly embraced by some of today’s most significant artists. Featuring full-color reproductions of more than one hundred essential pages and panels, including some famous but never-before-reprinted images from comics legends, Why Comics? is an indispensable guide that offers a deep understanding of this influential art form and its masters.