Friday, January 27, 2017

The Comic Book History of Comics #3

   The cover of this issue might make you think that the Comic Book History of Comics is focusing on war comics with this edition - but it's actually looking at the comics that were popular during World War II (and shortly after).

   It was a great time for comics, as sales soared. There's a particularly sad note about how widespread comic reading was for all ages right after the war - and how that good will was squandered by lurid attempts to find the "next big trend."

   Sometimes that trend was innocent enough, like the creation of Romance Comics by Simon and Kirby. Other times, not so much (as in the case of "True Crime" comics).

   Like previous issues, this is a lot of fun. It's not terribly deep but it hits all the important points and has some great insights into the personalities who drove the industry.

   Kudos to writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dulavey for a terrific series - it's great fun for anyone interested in comics history. (And if you aren't, why are you reading this?)

Grade: A-


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