- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Horror! the Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read! Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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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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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.
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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An in depth horror compilation of early 1950s comics, with details and illustrations.Published 19 months ago by prbentley
Let's be clear, this isn't really a collection of comics so much as a would-be expert delivering commentary on a small number of comics and 'front-pages. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by MusicMan
This is a fantastic book. I love EC Comics but I didn't know a great deal about the history of them and their peers. Read morePublished on 19 July 2013 by I. Gillan
Great book, well illustrated. Superb stories, fantastic reprints of all the best 50's horror covers Witches Tales, Beware, Crypt of Terror, Chamber of Chills... Read morePublished on 22 May 2013 by R HICKMAN
bought this for my husband for christmas, he loved it didn't put it down till he had read through the whole book, brings back many childhood memories, and sooo glad we didn't buy... Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2012 by avid reader