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Tomb of Terror: Harvey Horrors Softies
Tomb of Terror: Harvey Horrors Softies
by PS ARTBOOKS
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Code pulp fun, 16 Jan. 2015
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If you're new to the world of American pre-code comics, these 'Harvey Horror Softies' are an economical place to start. They reproduce five complete 1950s comics, including the ads, with covers on glossy paper and matt paper interiors. As close as possible to having five consecutive issues bound together. The stories? Well, they vary in quality but there's some classic artwork here. Reproduction isn't as good as in the Yoe Books but for the price these are worth buying.


Superman: The Golden Age Sundays 1946-1949 (Superman Sundays)
Superman: The Golden Age Sundays 1946-1949 (Superman Sundays)
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £37.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure fun and with some very nice artwork well reproduced from ..., 16 Jan. 2015
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I've been reading Superman comics on and off since the late 1960s, and I've come to the conclusion that the big daft character only works well in lighthearted stories. The Superman of the post-war years to the early sixties are my favourites, so this collection of late 1940s Sunday strips is ideal. No grimness, no attempts to make him dark and gritty. This is a Superman of sitcom situations and light adventure. Pure fun and with some very nice artwork well reproduced from the papers themselves. (So it's all dot screen tints and no heavy computer colouring.) Excellent!


Howard Nostrand's Nightmares (Chilling Archives of Horror Comics!)
Howard Nostrand's Nightmares (Chilling Archives of Horror Comics!)
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares you'll enjoy, 16 Jan. 2015
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If you've read any of the books produced by Yoe Books and IDW you'll know they're of a high standard and great value. This latest collection of 1950s horror comics is another excellent book. Focusing on Howard Nostrand's work, the reproduction of complete strips from Harvey comics is top notch. Even better, there's a section of pages shot from Nostrand's original artwork, where you can admire every brush stroke. These are the sort of nightmares everyone should have. Buy!


Sincerest Form of Parody, The
Sincerest Form of Parody, The
by John Benson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy, 27 Mar. 2012
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It's a shame that Fantagraphics aren't doing the Marvel Masterworks line of books as this is the way to showcase classic comics. Instead of remastering and recolouring the artwork with colours that are far too bright, Fantagraphics scan the old pages and adjust them so they look as close to the actual comics as possible (but on better paper stock). Consequently the reproduction is perfect!

This book features a good selection of MAD comic inspired strips from titles such as WHACK, GET LOST, EH? and others that were around in the 1950s. Some of the then-topical gags may go over the heads of people today but that's part of the charm. Besides, the artwork itself is worth the price of admission.

Ideally this book should have been a hardback, as the material deserves it, but I can understand Fantagraphics trying to keep the price down because humour isn't as popular with American comic fans as other genres. Their loss! Treat yourself to this excellent book today.


Bob Powell's Terror: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Volume 2
Bob Powell's Terror: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics Volume 2
by Bob Powell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 26 Jan. 2012
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Bob Powell's strong artwork is a joy to see, and this book not only reprints some of his best classic horror stories but some are shot from the original artwork too, with the brushstrokes visible. The next best thing to seeing the actual artwork.

Once again, Craig Yoe has produced a fantastic archive book. Buy it!


Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron
Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron
by Tony Moore Jason Aaron
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good modern horror comics, 24 Mar. 2011
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All good, twisted horror comic fun. Should appeal to anyone who discovered the character from the movie, particularly as this book is far better than that film. (Not that the movie was all bad. I quite liked it.)

The standout artist in this book, for me, was Tony Moore. An artist destined for great things methinks.


Marvel Chronicle
Marvel Chronicle
by Tom DeFalco
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for new collectors, 24 Mar. 2011
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I think this book would mainly appeal to new collectors who are eager to learn about the history of Marvel. Long-time fans will already be aware of much of the info here. The book tries to strike a fair balance between company history and character information, although it's more about the latter.

There's one awkward aspect to the book and it's that where comic pages are shown all the dialogue has been re-lettered! I assume this is so they can change it for international editions. Unfortunately the font chosen doesn't always suit, and they make the basic error of using the 'I' with horizonal bars in the middle of a word, when it's only designed to be used at the beginning of a sentence/name. I'm sure some may think this doesn't matter, but comic book lettering is very important in how words "scan" in the mind.

All in all, not the best book that could have been written on Marvel but very worthwhile all the same.


Mighty Samson Archives Volume 1 (Dark Horse Archives)
Mighty Samson Archives Volume 1 (Dark Horse Archives)
by Frank Thorne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £31.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mighty good, 20 Feb. 2011
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Mighty Samson was never one of the greatest comics of the 1960s but this is still a fun, entertaining read. Gold Key comics were never as in your face as Marvel, or as smooth as DC, but they were a pleasant, absorbing alternative.

Most of the science of Mighty Samson is out of whack, the scripts are unashamedly children's fare, and the artwork takes time to develop into Frank Thorne's distinct style but if you just want a fun read, or you're a collector of Thorne's work this is for you.

I really liked the paper stock too. A matt, pulpier type as opposed to glossy. Reminded me of those UK Top Sellers comics of the 1970s (if you remember them), which is appropriate as Top Sellers reprinted a lot of Gold Key comics back then.


Four Color Fear
Four Color Fear
by John Benson Greg Sadowski
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of the horror comics, 20 Feb. 2011
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Ah, if only those people who banned horror comics in the fifties could have known that decades later those stories would rightly be regarded as classics and re-published in handsome books like this. They claimed that horror comics would corrupt children (where was the actual evidence?) and they organized comic-burnings, but now those same comics have returned from the grave... to show what great fun they were.

Good, solid artwork, neatly told stories, all in a nice neat package. Recommended.


The Horror! the Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
The Horror! the Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
by Jim Trombetta
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pre-code horror, 6 Nov. 2010
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This is a fantastic book for anyone who's interested in the horror comics of the 1950s which caused outrage of conservative sensibilities of the time. It's a chunky volume with loads of old strips scanned from the original comics in all their full colour glory. Reproduction is excellent. As a special bonus there's even a DVD enclosed in the back of the book which has the 1950s 'Confidential File' anti-comics tv propaganda in full. Recommended!


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