Action! Mystery! Thrills!: Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age 1933-45

Action! Mystery! Thrills!: Comic Book Covers of the Golden Age 1933-45

by Greg Sadowski (Editor)


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176 classic covers unfurled in full-sized glory!

When we contemplate a memorable old comic book, the first thing that comes to mind is its cover, and that was no accident. Publishers realized fairly quickly that if they spent a little extra to hire a good cover artist, they could fill the insides with mediocrity and still make a sizable profit — that all it took was a striking cover to entice thousands of kids to fork over their dimes.

Even today, covers drive the collectors’ market. Apart from number-one issues and first appearances, the strength of a comic book’s cover is the first consideration in determining its value. Indeed, it is now common practice to entomb the book between slabs of sealed plastic — with only the cover visible — as if the interior pages’ sole purpose was to provide a place to secure the staples.

In order to locate the best possible examples, collectors from around the world have been enlisted to share their rare and valuable comic books. The scores of cover artists represented include Carl Barks, Charles Biro, Dick Briefer, L.B. Cole, Jack Cole, Reed Crandall, Will Eisner, Bill Everett, Lou Fine, Walt Kelly, Jack Kirby, Mac Raboy, and Alex Schomburg. Every comic book genre will be explored, from superhero to detective to Western to funny animal.

Majestic, iconic, chaotic, or downright weird, a classic comic book cover has an undeniable appeal, and Action! Mystery! Thrills! celebrates in spades this unique cultural icon. The covers will be printed full-sized on glossy paper to most faithfully replicate the originals, and arranged chronologically to give the reader a sense of the sweeping trends and stylistic developments throughout the medium’s first decade, as inexorable waves of dazzling imagery battled monthly for newsstand attention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606994948
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 01/30/2012
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Greg Sadowski is a writer, editor and designer (B. Krigstein, Supermen!, Four Color Fear, Setting the Standard: Alex Toth; Action! Mystery! Thrills!) living in Washington State.

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JonathanGorman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some nice cover and decent writeups of the comics chosen. Can't say I'd want to own it, but it was worth a flip through. A few really wonderful pieces that i wouldn't have put with the Golden Age, but then a lot of pieces that just weren't that interesting.The artists that particularly stood out: Frank Paul's Superworld Comics cover, Gus Ricca's pieces, and L.B Cole's stuff. (Some good stuff by more traditional comic artists such as Kirby and Eisner is in there as well.)