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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297845
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Cronin is the creator of the "Comics Should Be Good" blog, which has been running for five years and gets over 30,000 hits a day. He lives in Astoria, New York.

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This book is great if you are a true comic book geek.
Dwain Pannell
My proclamation, up completion of the book was, "I want to go read all the comics".
Tiffany A. Harkleroad
This is a really fun collection of interesting lists about comic books.
Rob

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ever wonder what some of the craziest items in Batman's utility belt were, or what the heck Aquaman is good for anyway? Want a look back at some of the ridiculous ads found in the backs of comic books? What comic book artists were lazy and stole work from other artists? This book is a treasure trove of comic book trivia that is sure to please any comic aficionado.

I will say right off the top, I am not a comic book person. I have nothing against them, loved the Archies comics as a kid, but never really got that into comics. However, I had several boyfriends and friends over the years who were crazy for comic books, so I did get some exposure over the years. As an adult, I have learned that I do really like graphic novels, and the mythology behind comic book heros, so when presented with the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance. It did not disappoint.

The thing I most like about this book is that the trivia is divided into short, topically specific lists, with different contributing authors. I found that this really made the book flow nicely, and kept the information organized in a way that even a comic newbie would be able to follow. While I was not completely familiar with most of the story arcs, characters, and information covered in the book, I still found it intensely interesting. My proclamation, up completion of the book was, "I want to go read all the comics".

I do think this book will really appeal to people interested in comics on many levels. Novices like me will learn a ton of information, and increased interested is sure to be sparked. Those more versed in comic book ephemera may know most of what the book covers already, but may like hearing the views of many of the artists and writers contributing to the comic industry today. And who knows, perhaps there is a nugget or two in here that even the seasoned comic veteran never know. All in all, a great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I first picked up the book I was worried that it was going to just be trivia questions or something like that, but luckily it was nothing like that. This is a really fun collection of interesting lists about comic books. The lists are all over the place, topic-wise, from rock bands named after comics (I really enjoyed "The Teardrop Explodes" one) to celebrities that appeared in comics (the Ira Glass one was hilarious).

The only thing I would have liked if there were more lists about non-superhero comics, but with all of the superhero movies out now it is reasonable I guess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Larkin on June 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
In this charming book, Brian Cronin does a wonderful job of categorizing and enumerating a wide range of comic book triva about a great variety of different comics. He's abetted in this task by many of comics' top creators, who contribute lists of their own. The book is a entertaining romp through comic book history, comic book movies, and comic book culture. As a regular reader of Cronin's blog ( goodcomics.comicbookresources.com ), I was worried that much of the book would rehash material that he'd already posted there, but I was happy to find almostly entirely brand new content.

Cronin writes in a voice that can be irreverent and even critical, but never harsh or cynical, and his clear affection for the medium and its often bizarre history shines through. Longtime readers and new fans should find a lot to enjoy in this fun and informative book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BadassEX-Sailor on July 6, 2013
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I suppose I should have read the summary better, but this is simply a collection of lists form the author's blog. I enjoyed the previous book because it was actually a book with chapters and topics. This is simply "top ten robin "Holy ______ BATMAN!" phrases.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Hodges on December 19, 2012
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This book of comic lists is Cronin's 2nd. I enjoyed it, but "Was Superman a Spy?" seemed more fun. Maybe it's because I read Cronin's blog "Comics SHould Be Good" and some of the book is lifted from his writings there. I enjoyed the Creators lists for the most part. All in all, if you are a hard core comic buff..get this book.
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By Andrew Fish on July 9, 2013
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These isn't a scholarly study but a fanboys fun book. Great read with your comic book buddies while on the road to this year's big convention.
Fun and interesting.
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