Comic Book Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to Characters, Graphic Novels, Writers, and Artists in the Comic Book Universe

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A 4–colour, illustrated best–of–the–best of the comic book world – with writers/creators who launched an industry (Jack Kirby, Stan Lee), amazing graphic novels (Preacher, The Watcher), legendary artists (Jim Lee) and characters as wide–ranging as Archie, The Gay Ghost, Batman, Blue Devil and the Fantastic Four.

Never before has there been a single volume of superheroes, graphic novels, strange comic icons, legendary writers and artists of the comic world. Comic Book ...

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Overview

A 4–colour, illustrated best–of–the–best of the comic book world – with writers/creators who launched an industry (Jack Kirby, Stan Lee), amazing graphic novels (Preacher, The Watcher), legendary artists (Jim Lee) and characters as wide–ranging as Archie, The Gay Ghost, Batman, Blue Devil and the Fantastic Four.

Never before has there been a single volume of superheroes, graphic novels, strange comic icons, legendary writers and artists of the comic world. Comic Book Encyclopedia is the multiverse of comic legend and lore for every comic–book fan, and for everyone who wants to understand the characters, history, and universal appeal of this world.

Collected into a single volume, this is the best–of–the–best of comics. From the 1930s to today, it includes everything a young, budding comic reader – or an experienced pro – needs to know and/or read.

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With its 400 pages of full-color graphics and descriptive entries from "A" to "Zorro," Ron Goulart's Comic Book Encyclopedia is designed to be the quintessential guide to the comic book universe. The giant pictorial offers the scoop on graphic novels, writers, and artists from the 1930s to the present. The lavish volume covers all the major superheroes, but also specialty creations like Archie, Preacher, and Madam Fatal and Belgium's TinTin. One for every collector's reference shelf.
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Adult/High School-This entertaining guide is chock-full of trivia. Starting with the early 1900s, it is organized primarily by character or book title; hordes of heroes, villains, and the indefinable stride through its colorful pages. Although the contents lean heavily toward the superhero, the author includes a few independents like the hallucinogenic work of R. Crumb and Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Knopf, 2000). Characters from children's humor make small appearances as well. Not surprisingly, the entries for the more iconic figures like Superman and Spiderman have significantly more detail than the others. Although comic-book trivia encyclopedias are nothing new, this one stands out because of the excellence of the reproductions of the original art. Just casually flipping through the pages gives a startling and overwhelming sense of how much quality work artists and writers produced over the last 100 years. Goulart also includes some entries about the more influential writers, artists, and styles. These sections include interesting pointers for those looking for new or different material. This book will satisfy all lovers of comic books and comic-book history.-Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060538163
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/26/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Goulart is an award-winning mystery and science fiction writer who is also considered one of the leading experts on comics, both nationally and internationally. He has written numerous comics and published many books on the subject, including Great American Comic Books and Comic Book Culture. He lives in Connecticut with his wife.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    A nice book that falls short

    Ron Goulart tries hard and succeeds in some points, but falls disappointingly short on others. He hits on all of the big time heroes like Spider-Man, Superman and Batman and the information he provides is often interesting and factual. However, while he includes such random and off the wall characters such as Firehair and Captain Tootsie, he completely excludes less popular but still mainstream characters such as the Green Arrow and Hawkeye. Other characters that should have information, like Robin and Nightwing, only have an excerpt by their name that says 'See Batman', while Captain Marvel Jr. has a page and a half of info. There have been three Robins, one of which became Nightwing, one that was killed by the Joker, and they deserve to have their info out there, too. Writers and artists are also included, yet conspicuously missing are John Romita Jr and Sr, two of the most influential artists in the history of Spider-Man, and the amazing Alex Ross just to name a few. Also, and most baffling, is that while some writers and artists have a full page or more dedicated to them, guys like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko, who pretty much created the Marvel Universe only get half a page or less 'Stan Lee is relegated to a third of a page while the other two thirds go to artist Jim Lee'! Overall, it's a nice book to have if you're into comics, but a little frustrating if you are a completist. There are better comic encyclopedias out there, like the Marvel Encyclopedia and DC Comics Encyclopedia, both by DK Publishing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2005

    An impressive, if not quite 'ultimate,' effort

    Ron Goulart is a noted historian of the comics world, and has published a number of texts on the subject in the past. Thus, not suprisingly, his most recent effort, the 'Comic Book Encyclopedia' offers an excellent introduction-by-way-of-reference into comic book history both past and recent, but is not quite 'ultimate.' Mr. Goulart covers a number of artists, writers, characters, and comic book series from the early days of comic books up to 2003-2004, and as such offers perhaps the most up-to-date reference work on the subject of comics, and such a monumental effort should be commended. It is a wonderful book to look at and a joy to page through, but there are still some problems with the book. First, the book has certain inaccuracies (for instance, the Irish vampire in the series 'Preacher' is misidentified and in the entry for 'Seduction of the Innocent' Dr. Frederic Wertham is misquoted). Second, some comics creators are given short-shrift in their biographies, or not listed at all. While an entire, well-illustrated page is devoted to the excellent Art Adams, other, just-as-deserving (if not legendary) creators like Brian Bolland, John Buscema and Kurt Busiek receive less than a page or, in some cases, a single paragraph. Such luminaries as famed comics painter Alex Ross do not receive a single mention. These criticisms aside, the 'Comic Book Encyclopedia' is a worthy effort and would make a great addition to any budding comics enthusiast's shelf.

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