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Joe Simon: My Life in Comics [NOOK Book]

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"Gripping from the first page... If you love comic books, history, or just love a story of a real self-made man, you must read this book." - Shadowlocked


"A true visionary, Simon's book is laced with never-before-seen photos and illustrations, and told in his own words. If you're at all curious about the history of comics and one of its earliest visionaries, My Life in Comics is ...
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Joe Simon: My Life in Comics

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Overview

"Gripping from the first page... If you love comic books, history, or just love a story of a real self-made man, you must read this book." - Shadowlocked


"A true visionary, Simon's book is laced with never-before-seen photos and illustrations, and told in his own words. If you're at all curious about the history of comics and one of its earliest visionaries, My Life in Comics is a must-read." - IGN

"... a lovely memoir, often funny, sometimes thought-provoking, and never ostentatious. It’s a true pleasure to read." - Graphic Novel Reporter

"... essential reading for any fan of comic book history and storytelling." - ComicBook.com

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In his own words, this is the life of Joe Simon, one of the most important figures in comics history, and half of the famous creative team Simon and Kirby. Joe Simon co-created Captain America, and was the first editor in chief of Marvel Comics (where he hired Stan Lee for his first job in comics). 


Simon began his prolific career in the Great Depression, and this book recounts his journey to New York City, his first comic book work, his meeting with Jack Kirby, and the role comics played in wartime America. He remembers the near-death of the comics, and the scramble to survive. And he reveals what it was like to bring comics out of their infancy, as they became an American art form.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857687913
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created one of the most enduring American heroes in 1940 with Captain America. Simon proved to be a brilliant editor, writer, penciller, inker, and businessman, serving as an editor for Archie, Harvey, Fox, Crestwood, and Mainline Publications —Simon and Kirby’s own company.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Great insights into the history of Comics

    Written by one of the most important figures in comics, Joe Simon.

    Joe goes into details of what happened where, who did what, and why.
    From the early beginnings of comics before WWII to the present day, Joe takes you on a personal journey as he saw it.

    Filled with personal - almost too personal - insights and stories, I found this book hard to put down.

    A personal story of one man who was there every step of the way.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    A Great Book by a Living Legend

    For those who know Joe Simon, his autobiography reads true to form. It is quite a piece of work. I started reading his life story and cruised through experiences he had from Rochester NY to New York City, and the stops in between. The book speaks to the reader with humor and insight. Joe's book is like sitting down with him in his apartment (Joe's Habitat) and allowing him to reminisce about his life, his family and his friends. He tells it like it is with out pulling punches. For those who enjoy the history of comic books, this book is a must. For those who enjoy being entertained, this book is a must. For those who want to learn about a great man's life, this book is a must. For those who just want to know more about a living legend, this book is a must. This book speaks to the reader and allows the reader to follow Joe's life through pictures and illustrations. This book is a much easier read and much more fun than his previous book, The Comic Book Makers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    The search for the great American hero ends here!

    I had the opportunity to pick this up at Heroescon, cover to cover it is an amazing read. Not only is it a unique look into Joe Simon's life and career, it also reminded me of many of the opportunities we take for granted everyday. Joe Simon mentions his "search for the great American hero," one can argue that in many ways he epitomizes so much of what he was looking for. I know it may seem early to add, but I anxiously await next year's Eisner Awards where I expect to see this as the Best Comics-Related Book!

    The book reads as if you are in the room with Joe Simon as he shares both personal and professional moments from his amazing life. Touching anecdotes mixed with an inside account of comics from their creation to the modern era make this a great read for anyone with a passion for comics or appreciation of 20th century history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 27, 2011

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