Over the years many customers have asked how I learned so much about comic books. Well, I’ve been reading them since I was 7 or 8 years old so that might be one factor but I’ve also read a lot of books about comic books. Today I’m going to tell you about the first book about the history of comic books that I ever acquired and read. it is still one of my favorites.
THE GREAT COMIC BOOK HEROES by Jules Feiffer was originally published in 1965.
The book contains several chapters (each chapter 3-6 pages) about the history of comic books and how real world events helped to shape the characters and stories that comic books contained. But the real draw of the book for me was the pages of Golden Age comic book reprints. Most of the reprints were from the first appearances and/or origin stories of the characters: Superman, Batman,
Captain Marvel (a very brief taste as at the time (1965) there was legal problems to reprinting the character),Human Torch The Flash, Green Lantern, Plastic Man Wonder Woman, The flash Captain America and others.
As an introduction to the long colorful history of comic books this is perhaps one of the best. I highly recommend it.