DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz, who was largely responsible for the early-1960s revival of the superhero genre, steadfastly believed that a gorilla on the cover guaranteed greater sales. He must not have been the only one who thought so, for as Eury proves, there have been enough monkeyshines on and within comic-book covers over the decades to fill a book. In the 1930s, comics followed Hollywood's lead and portrayed the exploits of Tarzan and dozens of imitation jungle kings. The 1960s were overrun with Kong-inspired giant apes, from Konga to Superman's simian foe, Titano, whose eyes emitted Kryptonite rays. Heroes and villains whose minds were transferred into apes' bodies get a chapter from Eury, as does a 1970s spinoff of the Planet of the Apes movies. Eury's impressively broad examination of the subject encompasses everything from cheesy 1950s horror comics to alternative-comics artist Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey. With campily delightful artwork on every page, interviews with comics creators about their monkey-oriented work, and Eury's wry commentary, the book deserves an ape-preciative audience. Flagg, Gordon
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Images of America: Concord includes roughly 200 photographs and images that were culled from the Concord Museum archives and private collections. Michael Eury, executive director of Historic Cabarrus Association and a Concord native, weaves a spellbinding web of unforgettable portraits that celebrates the civic pride, hard work, moral integrity, and natural beauty that helped earn Concord the National Civic League's "All-America City" Award in 2004.