HOLY HISTORY PROJECT BATMAN! The title of the book I usedfor this history-tastic project is “The Comic Book: The One Essential Guide ForComic Book Fans Everywhere” authored by Paul Sassienie and a foreword by JimShooter. While the book itself is outdated as it was made in 1994, it is verydescriptive when talking about the history about the comics themselves. Such aquote is “The term ‘Golden Age’ refers to American Comics published betweenJune 1938 and 1945. The comics published around this time were typically 64pages in length, measured approximately 7.25 x 10.
25 inches, and had analluring four-colour covers – in many cases this was deceptive, as theinteriors had some pages printed in black and white.” This quote encaptures the descriptive natureof this book by giving you all of the most important information about theoriginal, Golden Age comics comic book and how they were kind of like clickbaitfrom the 20th century. Another thing I found that this book had to offer was thatit didn’t just focus on the two ig players in the comics industry DC Comicswith Superman Batman and Wonder Woman, and Marvel Comics with Captain America,Namor, the Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch (no, not the one you may befamiliar with from the 2004 movie Fantastic Four, played by Chris Evans) butwent into the history of other big comic book companies of the time, such as,Archie, with the Archie comics brand, Whiz Comics, with Captain Marvel/Shazam(this hero is now property of DC Comics and Warner Bros) Shadow Comics, DocSavage Comics, Red Ryder Comics and many, many, more. A quote that explains astory of one of the comic book industry’s forgotten wonders “MLJ (Archie) began1940 with the publication of the long-surviving Pep Comics featuring The Shield– G-Man Extraordinary, who is widely considered to have been the firstpatriotic hero.” this quote isn’t much, but this quote is the proof that PaulSassienie is a fan of all comics (as he said in the intro of the book) and hedecided to include all of the big comic book industries and some of the smallerones too. While most people would do this review and only touch on the goodthat their books were, I am going to explain a couple of things that I foundthis book did wrong and that is the lack of mention of most of those other lostwonders of the Golden and SIlver Age comic books.
There are some comic bookcompanies that are brought up and said to be popular at the time and then theyjust don’t go into any more detail about said company and/or book. A passage ofa under appreciated wonder is” ” Another gripe I have with this book is thelack of mention of the good modern comics (from that time) there was barely anymention of DC’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” or the X-Men who at this time gotthe famous Wolverine on their team (Fun Fact he was originally a villain to TheIncredible Hulk) there was also the rising popularity of villain Deadpool whowas a mutant like the X-Men but instead of working with them he worked againstthem as a mercenary, but he didn’t appear that often according to the author.