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Thoroughly enjoyable, if you're not too nerdy!,
This review is from: The Ultimate Book of British Comics (Hardcover)
I'm not a comic collector but I was born in the '50s and was a child of the sixties, so this was right-on for me! As a boy I was an avid reader of the Eagle ("Eagle MkI" as identified here), but as I grew up I learned to love the classic comics as typified by Beano and Dandy. (I probably read about 2/3rds of the titles covered at one time or another). Graham Kibble-White's narrative style is relaxed and humorous. He is respectful of the artists and authors who gave life to so many favourite characters and suitably cynical about the accountants and businessmen in suits who ensured their demise.
The author sets out his stall at the start: he is not trying to create an encylopaedia. The stories he tells are, by and large, the ones that mattered in the industry. No significant titles are missing (although it's a shame he couldn't get hold of a colour plate of the Eagle cover).
I thoroughly enjoyed this stroll through so many names I remember well, not just the DC Thomson classics (although we were very proud in Scotland to be associated with that publishing house!)
If you are 40-50 and wonder what happened to the comics you fondly remember, you'll love this book.