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Not quite what I expected, but pretty good,
This review is from: Comic Book History of Comics (Paperback)
To start with, I was provided an electronic, pre-publication review copy by the publisher. Many of the graphics near the end of the book were missing this copy. For the purposes of this review, I will assume they are of similar quality to those in the rest of the book.
This book could have been called the Comic Book History of Comic Books, because it only covers comic books. It rarely mentions newspaper comics. I also expected some use of original subjects, but this book is entirely a newly-drawn graphic history of comic books. Characters and styles of old comics are used in places, but not original graphics.
A detailed history, this book covers the twists and turns of fickle taste. Superheros are in and out and in again. Gore is in and then out. Romance ebbs and wanes. Teen subjects peak and fall. All the while there is conflict and competition within the industry, and threats--and, at times, imposition--of censorship from without.
Despite its graphical nature there is a lot of text, and information, in this book. While an easy read, it is not a quick read. For those interested in comic books this is an excellent, medium length, history. Readers without an interest in comic books will soon drift away.