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Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics
     

Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics

by Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Michel Gagne (Editor)
 

The comic that launched a genre, from two titans of comic book history.
In the late 1940s, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby — creators of Captain America — set the comics world on fire with the creation of a new genre that resulted in some of the best-selling American comic books of all time: the romance comics. The stories they created were exciting,

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The comic that launched a genre, from two titans of comic book history.
In the late 1940s, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby — creators of Captain America — set the comics world on fire with the creation of a new genre that resulted in some of the best-selling American comic books of all time: the romance comics. The stories they created were exciting, innovative, and beautifully drawn, and remain a high point in both artists’ careers, even as Kirby went on to become the unrivaled King of Comics and co-creator (along with Stan Lee) of many of the most iconic characters in American history. These two towering titans of the field produced stories for titles such as Young Romance, Young Love, and Western Love for over twelve years until the genre ran out of steam in 1959, and Jack Kirby moved on to a little-known outfit called Marvel Comics.
The Romance Comics of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby brings this wonderful work back to light by reprinting 21 stories in full-color, from 13 years of Simon and Kirby’s romance comics: 200 pages of never-before reprinted material painstakingly restored over a five-year period by award-winning artist and animator Michel Gagné (Flight, Star Wars: Clone Wars).

Editorial Reviews

Gwen Ihnat - The A.V. Club
“...[W]ho knew that the creators ofCaptain Americawould also be the forces behind one of comics’ strongest genres for decades? Jack Kirby and Joe Simon brought their considerable comics-creating skills to romance comics, now helpfully collected by Fantagraphics in Young Romance: The Best Of Simon & Kirby’s Romance Comics.Kirby uses his lifelike pencils to depict Lichtenstein-worthy heroines pining over these strong-shouldered men who love them.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606995020
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
01/30/2012
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
737,944
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Kirby (1917-1994)isone of the unqualified giants in American comic book history.His most famous co-creation, Captain America, is in a major motion picture film franchise from Marvel Studios.

Joe Simon (1913-)isone of the unqualified giants in American comic book history.His most famous co-creation, Captain America, is in a major motion picture film franchise from Marvel Studios.

Michel Gagné was born in Quebec and has worked as an animator and cartoonist for Pixar, Disney, DC Comics and the Cartoon Network. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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