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Joe Simon: My Life in Comics Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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of the comics industry. By the end of the book Joe Simon becomes a friend and you feel privileged to have heard
such a personal and detailed life story. This is much deeper and richer than any comic book history I have ever read.
Even if you have read Joe's first book, there is so much more included in this new one. The style in which it is written makes it a page turner. I could not recommend it more highly. So quit pondering and 1- click it already!
Even if you aren't familiar with the history of comic books, this is an enjoyable read, both entertaining and educational. Joe has a friendly and easy-to-understand writing style, honed from nearly seven decades of writing (and drawing) for comics.
If I have a complaint, it's that Joe sometimes portrays a rosy view of some events that we know were pretty trying for him and his partner. But better to look back on those times with optimism than with bitterness. Good for Joe.
I consider myself pretty much aware of comics history, but I learned several things I hadn't known before.
Thanks to Joe, editor Steve Saffel, and Titan Books for bringing this one to us, along with the beautiful color reprints of Joe and Jack Kirby's stories in the other volumns in this series.
Few individuals are alive today who contributed to the beginning of the American comic book industry, and even fewer are alive who made such a contribution that they are still held in awe. Joe Simon, if we were to list his significant works, would probably blush. So, we will indeed list some of his notables:
Captain America and Bucky
Challengers of the Unknown
Okay, get the point? In addition to being prolific, he really could do it all. From his early training in newspapers, he learned paste up, production, art touch up, writing, photography, promotion, printing, sales, and contract law. I probably forgot to mention lettering, and coloring too. He, in addition to his comic book work, served industry in advertising, layout, painting, and even produced work during his army stint.
His cohorts in artistic endeavors included: Jack Kirby, Bob Powell, George Tuska, Steve Ditko, Jim Steranko, Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, Mort Meskin, Jack Davis, and many others.
If any man is THE source for the real history of comic books, Mr Simon is it. At 98, he still remembers. At 98, he still can draw. At 98, he still goes to comic conventions. He, is truly a living legend, just like his creation a la crème, Captain America.
The book covers his career from the early 1930's to 2010.Read more ›
Joe Simon was instrumental in creating those foundations. In this book, you get the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Simon for a few hundred pages as he reminisces about the world of comics and his contribution to that world. It's like sitting down with your grandfather, or an old friend, as he takes you on a journey to a place and time that we can now only barely imagine. If it weren't for the Joe Simon's and the Dave Cockrums, the Stan Lee's and the Jack Kirby's...there would be no "X-Men First-Class" summer blockbusters. There would be no Hugh Jackman "Wolverine's", no Ryan Reynold's "Green Lantern". Not to mention the artists and the writers that create the countless comic-book issues that fill thousands of comic-book stores every week, all who owe a great deal of gratitude to the generation of the greats like Joe Simon.
But this book isn't just for comic book fans and readers. This book is about the incredible life of one incredibly talented individual and the impact he had on generations of children and adults alike.
It's a fantastic journey behind the curtain of a media that has long been evolving, and growing.
Joe Simon invites you to sit with him as he takes you on the ride that has been his decades-long career. It's a fantastic book. I would recommend it to everyone.
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loved this book. It was like sitting in a room with Joe Simon. Very informative.Published 12 months ago by jacksthird
I love this guy he did what so many in the depression wanted to do make a living and enjoy him self and have a great family. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robert Di Nunzio
I read this over a couple of days. To some extent, a lot of it is a recounting of events without too much interpretation but the whole things interesting - especially if you have... Read morePublished 22 months ago by stark
Joe Simon has always been an unsung hero to me. His prime in the comic book industry happened before the Silver Age, so he is largely forgotten by most modern fans, but his... Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by S. Rutan
Mr. Simon lived a long, fruitful, creative life. This book was an entertaining and fascinating look at his life in the comic books and out. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Big Burly
After a lifetime of fantastic, inspiring creations, Joe Simon leaves us with perhaps his most fascinating tale; his life. Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Derek Mainhart
This is one of the best written autobiographies that this reviewer has encountered in a long time -- not only does Simon delve into just about every area that a fan of his work (or... Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Bruce Eder
In Joe Simon we have a rare and unique resource:
There at the inception of the medium
Involved in every aspect of the medium; artist, writer, editor, publisher,... Read more