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Comic Book Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to Characters, Graphic Novels, Writers, and Artists in the Comic Book Universe Hardcover – 4 Nov 2004

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About the Author

Ron Goulart is an award-winning mystery and science fiction writer who is also considered one of the leading experts on comics, both nationally and internationally. He has written numerous comics and published many books on the subject, including Great American Comic Books and Comic Book Culture. He lives in Connecticut with his wife.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9bfb8e04) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfe3318) out of 5 stars Light on the Content 27 Nov. 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a big showy book with a bright graphic cover but I found the interior coverage of various characters too light for serious research or reading.

This may make a good gift book for someone just getting started but I recommend either The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes

by Gina Misiroglu or The Slings and Arrows Guide to Comic Guide Second Edition for the more serious fan/collector.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfe336c) out of 5 stars An entertaining introduction to comics history 16 Oct. 2004
By Elisabeth Carey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a big, beautiful, richly illustrated book that covers a lot of territory-the history and development of comic books and graphic novels. It attempts to cover the entire field, characters, artists, writers, and give at least a basic understanding of the history. Unfortunately, as it says on the cover, "Nearly 400 BIG pages!", i.e., it's not quite four hundred pages. That's not enough space for in-depth treatment, it's made a bit more cramped by those beautiful illustrations (which, I must say, it would be a shame to lose.). The articles are mostly short, and characters one would have thought important enough for their own entries are reduced to mentions in broader entries. (Bugs Bunny, for instance, is barely mention in the "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies" entry.) This is a good, fun book nevertheless, but possibly a better choice for the reader just getting seriously interested in comics, than for the established fan who already has an in-depth knowledge of the field.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de05510) out of 5 stars Careful 22 April 2005
By Travieso - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you're getting this book for hardcore reference material I would be careful. I literally had the book 5 minutes and discovered a handful of mistakes.


-Jim Lee's entry has the best selling X-Men #1 as being released in 2001 instead of 1991.

-The timeline has Sandman ending in 1997 when it was actually 1996.

If you buy this book get it for light reading. Do not use it for quoting comic fact until you check the validity of what you are using. Like I said.. I noticed these two mistakes after skimming the book for 5 minutes. I am afraid of how much more I will find once I start digging in.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfe35f4) out of 5 stars Not enough info 7 May 2005
By T. Wilhelm - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has alot of comic characters and their creators in here, but most get half a page or about one whole page per character. Basically it is filled with short overviews of the comics that just get your mouth watering for more but, then leave you in the dark. I only wish they would have added more detail and info to each of the characters, there is alot of drawings in here though.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bfe3834) out of 5 stars Beginner's Guide, perhaps? 5 Jan. 2005
By Guy L. Gonzalez - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"The Ultimate Guide" is a bit of a stretch as not a single b-list character from Marvel or DC that I used to collect as a kid is represented here, nor many of the creators I rank among my personal favorites, but it definitely offers a wide-ranging overview - emphasis on the word OVERVIEW - of the industry, past to present. There's a smattering of independent/alternative comics and a hefty load of Golden and Silver Age oddities I'd never even heard of. Overall, a perfect gift for the newcomer or casual fan, but I'd suggest letting the more experienced fan/collector decide whether to buy it for themselves.
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