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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; Pap/DVD Re edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810955954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810955950
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Jim Trombetta is a writer and comics collector. He has written for Crawdaddy and The Los Angeles Times, as well as for television, including Miami Vice, The Flash, and Star Trek. He teaches courses in screenwriting and Shakespeare at UCLA.



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GREAT STUFF!
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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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This is a great collection of comic books of the era. It also has a DVD with an interesting documentary about these comics and their effects on the children of the time. Even though the video is biased, I'm not sure if 10 year old children and younger should be reading these stories. However, one thing is for sure, there should have never been a ban on these types of comics.

Overall a great collection. I would recommend to anyone who is a comic fanatic and wants to know more about the roots of comic books.
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I cant recommend this book highly enough to horror comic fans. Packed with complete stories and comic covers without relying on the EC titles which have had their own history books several times. Also has the DVD disc as a bonus.Well done the publishers.
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This is such an amazing, chunky book. The pictures are beautifully remastered on authentic feeling pages. I highly reccomend this for horror fans everywhere, even if youre not a massive graphic novel enthusiast. Each section is introduced and there are loads of awesome Comic Book covers scattered throughout the book. I hate it when you get stuck in to a graphic novelk and its just not long enough, but this book just keeps on giving, even when youve hungrily scoured each and every one of its pages there are still things that you have missed that you can look back on. The stories are creepy in a funny and nostalgic kind of way. Although this book is a paperback the cover is quite thick so the book is sturdy enough. BUY THIS BOOK!!! You wont regret it!
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This is a very nice book for the price. There are some great and rare pre-code strips (id guess around 20 or so, roughly 1/3rd of the book), and loads of lurid horror and crime covers reprinted (another 1/3rd of book) in their glory. Unfortunately this good stuff is interspersed with quite a lot of waffly textpieces which i cant imagine ever wishing to read much again (approx 1/3rd of the book). There are also some odd comics pages which seem to have strips start half way through the story and then have no end either, a mistake? But these are only 2 or 3 pages of the book so nothing to complain about really. But for the price, the book is really excellent value, and rounded off with a free DVD of the rare Confidential File documentary. The book is nicely oversized, and was even better than i anticiptaed , overall, so 5 Stars!
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The compiler has really done a good job here.Firstly, it is beautifully printed, coloured and bound,with pages faithfully reprinted from the off white and slightly ragged originals, so the reader very much has the feel of holding an early 1950's original -- it is a very 'tactile' book !

Now, to the content, and these stories are just completely off the beaten track and extraordinary -- the stuff is totally insane.

As I have said in my Amazon review of "The Mammoth Book of Horror Stories",the compelling thing in these stories also, is that these skint and desperate artists --Ukrainians, Sicilians, Georgians, Armenians,Ashkenazim, Romanians, Irish and Lithuanians -- apparently arrived in NY, Chicago etc in the '30's to '50's, and just poured out the most insane folk tales from their own cultures onto the pages, with all the overtones of ethnic clashes and prejudice and phobias etc from their own beleaguered cultures still very much alive... it makes for very strange reading ! Some of the really fearful, paranoiac,claustrophobic views of Nazis and Aryans, for example, are likely reactions that were all too real to the authors/artists of their time, and some of the hateful views of bureaucracy and the 'nobility' were also probably all to real to the authors.

As such, these stories provide a very weird take on 'folk history' to the reader.

These stories are a real revelation -- in my view, the stories here are,surprisingly, far superior to most of the EC/DC product.
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This book is a very vivid account of 1950s american horror comics, the colours are fantastic, the comic strips are weird and shocking, there are lots of severed heads, zombies, skeletons, the stories never have happy endings not surprised that the american government wanted them banned, the book is excellent value for money
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