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Slings & Arrows Comic Guide - 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Frank Plowright , Howard Stangroom , Steve Whitaker , Hassan Yusuf , Nigel Fletcher , Win Wiacek
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22 Sep 2003
Edited by Frank Plowright, the Slings and Arrows comic Guide is the most comprehensive review of comics ever published. Sixteen reviewers offer informed commentary on over 5300 titles from the 1930s to the present day giving an overview of each series along with recommended issues. The 800 pages also include over 5000 creators listed in the index, and a color section offering recommendations in a variety of genres. Also included are short essays about the reviewers' favorite comics ever.

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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; 2nd Edition edition (22 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954458907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954458904
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,365,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars endless hours of reading pleasure 18 Aug 2003
Format:Paperback
Try this: think of any particular comic book title and check out what the reviewers say. Then, when you're at a sudden loss for a title, think of a particular writer or artist and you'll find a bunch of titles suddenly springing to mind. Or, just try to think of titles by company. Or by 'circa' - as in what you read as a kid, as a teenager, as a young adult and, assuming you are one now, an aging adult (what do you mean, aging adults should get a new hobby??).
The comic book guide has so many titles to choose from that it's a mammoth task to plow through it alphabetically. But that's not a criticism. I'm just saying you can have fun by approaching the reading of the guide in ways I suggested above.
I've hardly put it down since getting it a couple of weeks ago. It's providing me with endless hours of reading pleasure and, of course, it's always a hoot to read opinions that contradict my own regarding certain titles. All I remember about 'Super-Villain team-up' is that it soon became a lot of fun and I was disappointed when it was canceled. But, if the review of the title is to be believed, it lacked real quality (and probably did). Then again I'm probably one of the few people who think a fair chunk of Kirby's solo work is sadly infantile, no matter how greatly he contributed to the art form and successful business of comic books. The reviews tend to praise Kirby as much as possible. And so on.
All in all, a great compilation and I believe a 'must' for any serious comics fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Amazon won't be restocking 25 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
Despite what Amazon tell you in their blurb, they won't be restocking this book, and they have a cheek listing a book at 26.99 that actually retailed at 20. They have never stocked the book at all. I tried to have Amazon take the book when it was published in 2003, but they refused on the basis that it wasn't carried by a major distributor. It did alright without them, but I'd hope their policy has since caught up with the times.
Frank Plowright
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I just received this book for my Birthday a few days ago and in those few days I have already grown to love it. For people like me who are relatively new to comics it's a wonderful way to research titles that you've always liked the look or sound of but aren't sure whether to shell out your hard earned cash on and see if they are in fact worth the money.
One thing I particularly like about the book are the colour plates in the middle which give the writers' top 10 ten books in a particular genre and some essential comics (including Fungus the Bogeyman!). What's also nice about this book is that it's not all about Marvel and DC titles, it has the whole range of US publishers as well as ones from all over the rest of the world, including things like the aforementioned Fungus and Tintin. If you collect comics or want to start collecting I heartily recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Breathtaking Comic Book Reference 4 Jun 2005
By Madelyn Pryor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a comic book collector of 27 years, it's hard to shock or impress me with a reference book. This one did. 787 pages of small print, detailed reference on almost every comic book printed from the beginning to 2003 when this was printed.

What makes this so different from many of the offerings out there is that this book includes one shots and hard to find small press titles, not just books from Marvel or DC. Are you wondering about something Sirius, Fantagraphics, or even Kitchen Sink put out? This has you covered. Are you curious how many mini-series Wolverine has been in and what the background on those issues is? This book has you covered. It not only lists titles, it gives a description of what happened within a series and pinpoints key issues. What it does not do is give prices, but they're always Overstreet's Price Guide for that.

I'm so impressed with mine I intend to get a few for presents for other comic book collecting friends. This is the perfect addition to any collectors library whether they're a seasoned veteran or a newcomer.

For the newcomer it also provides a dictionary of comic book terminology.

I just can't say enough about this wonderful book. Highly recommended!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will challenge yourself to find something not in it..... 27 Nov 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought and loved the first edition of the "Slings & Arrows Comic Guide" and wondered if the second edition would pass muster...well it did with flying colors.

Listed by title, some poor people went insane to read pracitically every single comic out there and give indepth reviews of nearly every title. Not every single title is covered- i.e. the Archie Line of books (you would need a seperate book for this line alone but the key Archie titles are)- however other than that exception you will be hard pressed to find titles that are not mentioned.

I found myself leafing through the book from section to section as my nuerons fired and I wanted to check up on this and that. It was a great help for catching up with series that I had lost touch with.

Modern Age - Golden Age and Silver (including the independent implosion of the late late 1980's) are covered.

Great reading and addicting.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best comics guide ever published 18 Sep 2009
By Corey K. Creekmur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The previous reviews are all on target: this is a brilliant, endlessly useful book. It apparently didn't sell well, however, which is shocking: every comic book shop should have a copy at the front desk, and every comic book fan and collector should have a copy at hand. It's now of course out of date, but I would love to see a 3rd edition. Aside from the basic info the book provides, the sharp opinions are more than welcome, tough but accurate, and often hilarious. A great book that wasn't recognized for its greatness.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best and Most Complete Comics Reference 4 Mar 2007
By John Mellon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is truly amazing. A team of about ten people has read every issue of just about every comic book and graphic novel ever published in English, and reviews them all in this book.

I used the earlier edition of this book, and then this edition, as my guides in starting to buy and read comics and graphic novels about two years ago. Before then, I hadn't looked at a comic book since I was a kid. Since then, I've bought and read maybe five hundred comics and about one hundred graphic novels published over the past twenty years. I only buy items that get a "recommended" rating in this book, and I've been disappointed only a handful of times. I would estimate that I'm about a tenth of the way through all the recommended items, and that only about one twentieth of all the items they review get recommended.

If you want to start reading comics, this book is a must-have.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource 15 Jun 2012
By BP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was surprised at just how thorough this book is. It has all sorts of obscure titles that I've never heard of before, and some of them actually sound quite good. I also enjoy the sarcastic tone some of the reviewers have.
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