Monday, April 5, 2010
Comix 101, 1971
Two stories excerpted from COMIX A HISTORY OF COMIC BOOKS IN AMERICA by Les Daniels, published by Outerbridge & Dienstfry, 1971.
This was an early book which attempted to bring comic book history to the mainstream. The design is lacking. Page after page of type is only broken up by groups of stories, told two pages to a book page, which requires the book to be turned on its side. For these examples I've rotated them into a horizontal position. With the exception of some color in the center of the book, the stories reproduced are shot from the original comic books and printed in black and white.
If you're interested in this book, I have seen several reasonably priced copies available used through Amazon.com and other internet used book outlets.
"Lois Lane--Superwoman!" is from ACTION COMICS #60, May 1943. Drawn by George Roussos, ghosting for Joe Shuster.
"Karlovna Had A True Underworld" is from BLACKHAWK #14, Spring 1943. Drawn by Bill Ward.
Art credits are from the Grand Comics Database
COMIX A HISTORY OF COMIC BOOKS IN AMERICA Copyright © 1971 Les Daniels and Mad Peck Studios.
"Superman" and "Blackhawk" and distinctive characters therein are Copyright © 1971 DC Comics.