500 Great Comic Book Action Heroes

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Superman, Batman, the Flash, Sheena of the Jungle, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Blade, Vampirella, the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man! In addition to these well-known masked and costumed crime fighters, readers are introduced to hundreds more relatively obscure but equally fascinating characters in this collection of comic book heroes that spans the decades from the 1930s to the present day. As Will Eisner, the famous creator of many comic book heroes says in the foreword to this book, "Perhaps the most ...

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Overview

Superman, Batman, the Flash, Sheena of the Jungle, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Blade, Vampirella, the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man! In addition to these well-known masked and costumed crime fighters, readers are introduced to hundreds more relatively obscure but equally fascinating characters in this collection of comic book heroes that spans the decades from the 1930s to the present day. As Will Eisner, the famous creator of many comic book heroes says in the foreword to this book, "Perhaps the most significant contribution of heroes into the popular literature of the 20th century was made by the form of graphic narrative known as comics." Serious comic book collectors, general fans, and every reader who is interested in pop culture's history will want to add this book to their personal collection. Hundreds of reproduced covers and pages are presented with succinct written histories of all the major comic book heroes from America and Britain. The fabled crime fighters are presented under categories that include male heroes, female heroes, teams, newspaper heroes, war heroes, western heroes, and sci-fi heroes. Combining detailed text with a wealth of full-color archive reproductions, 500 Comic Book Action Heroes celebrates the great caped crusaders and fabulous females from the fascinating world of comics.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 7 Up-An attractive, compact introduction to comic-book heroes and history. Following an overview of this medium in the 20th century, the titular heroes are divided into seven chapters-males, females, teams, newspapers, war, western, and sci-fi. Short alphabetical entries include biographical and publication histories; they are interspersed with longer, boldly illustrated focus pieces that discuss significant characters (Superman, Wonder Woman, etc.) and moments in history, such as the rise and fall of crime comics. These pieces include numerous full-color, full-page reproductions of comic-book covers and pages, often against a glossy, black background. Marring the work are occasional errors, including misspellings of characters' names, and the lack of both an index and images to accompany the brief entries. Aficionados and researchers would quibble with the details, but casual readers will enjoy this intriguing mini encyclopedia.-Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416106456
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Conroy is a veteran comics journalist and historian, the news editor of the U.K.-based trade paper Comics International, and the founder of the Eagle Awards, one of the comics industry's most coveted international prizes. He has published articles in many periodicals devoted to the comics industry.

• Will Eisner is a world-renowned comicbook artist whose career spans more than 60 years. Among his creations are Sheena of the Jungle, The Spirit newspaper strip, and many others.

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