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Comic Book Comics #2

Reviewed by From the Zodar Zone

 

Written & Researched by Fred Van Lente
Illustrated & Designed by Ryan Dunlavey
Published by Evil Twin Comics
Cover Price: $3.95
Release Date: August 6, 2008

 

Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey's hilarious visual history of American comic books continues. This issue focus on the latter part of the Golden age, including the wartime military careers of Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, and Walt Disney. From there we are taken to the creation of Wonder Woman, the birth of Tales From the Crypt, and the lead-in to Wertham's high-profile attack.

 

They exaggerate many elements to near-absurdist levels while still retaining, as far as I can tell in comparison to what I know, total accuracy. This brilliant and informative series is highly recommended for people interested in the history of American comics, but don't feel like reading an actual book about it. Personally, I have read a number of books on the history of comics and this series is peppered with new revelations as well as being highly entertaining.

 

Unfortunately, most comic shops probably didn't order much more than what was requested by pull customers, but you can still get it and the previous issue from www.eviltwincomics.com.

 

Rating the Issue


Story: Overall 8
Concept - 9 out of 10
Plot - 8 out of 10
Dialogue - 8 out of 10

Art: Overall 7
Style - 8 out of 10

Storytelling - 8 out of 10
Color/Tones - 5 out of 10

Importance: Overall 9
To the Title - 9 out of 10
To the Company - 9 out of 10
To the Medium - 9 out of 10

 

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Reviewer Bio

 

Name: Jeremy Wiggins

email: zodarzone@hotmail.com

 

Been reading comics: for 18 years.

 

Review Bio: I clearly remember running home from school to plop my butt down three feet from the television to watch the first episode of Transformers back in 1984. Since then they've been the main focus of my nerdom and I continue to collect the comics and figures. I started collecting other comics in 1990 so right off the bat I was there for the big X-plosion (sorry) of X-Force #1 and X-Men #1, the creation of DC's Vertigo imprint, and the birth of Image. Since graduating from OSU in 1999 with an English degree, I've had a couple of different jobs but most have, of course, been in customer service. I'm finally getting to the point in my collecting where I'm moving away from completism (and hoarding things that are no longer good) to following creators that I enjoy.

 

Favorites: Guardians of the Galaxy (new and old), Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith, Fantastic Four, runs by John Byrne, Walt Simonson, and Mark Waid, Thor, runs by Walt Simonson and Dan Jurgens, Small Favors by Colleen Coover, Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston, Owly by Andy Runton, everything by Adam Warren

 

Website: zodarzone.livejournal.com

 

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