- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Krause Publications (November 12, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0896899217
- ISBN-13: 978-0896899216
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1,000 Comic Books You Must Read Hardcover – November 12, 2009
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Grade 9 Up—Isabella knows comics, and, more importantly, loves them. His appreciation for the format is evident in this tribute to seven decades of cartoons. Excellent full-color reproductions of each cover accompanied by bibliographic information, and a short paragraph explaining why the title was selected for inclusion, are organized chronologically by decade. This sequence allows readers to witness the evolution of comics over time. Opening with a tribute to Superman and the important role that he played in the creation of early comics, the book features titles published through 2008. Beginning with the 1940s, each decade is introduced with a synopsis of comics produced during that period. This arrangement makes for excellent casual browsing, for an interesting lesson in the history of the format, and for an enjoyable trip down memory lane for adults. The diversity of selections provides treats for all. Offerings include everything from Donald Duck, Our Gang, Patsy Walker, Archie, and Captain America to Mousegard, Civil War, The Simpsons, and Usagi Yojimbo. The author's writing is clever and concise. In the acknowledgements, he credits a long list of individuals who provided suggestions and input for the final product. Color-coded pages and side margins facilitate ease in locating specific decades. Even readers who know little about graphic format will be captivated by Isabella's vivid synopsis of the world of comic books.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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For a long time collector this book fills the bill and delivers great covers and story summary without giving away an plot twists
Tony should be very proud of this book and I hope he decides to do a sequel
The history of comic books is also depicted
If you love comics this book is a must read
**Batman: The Killing Joke.... IMHO, one of the best Batman/Joker Stories of all time. Events in this book still influence the Bat Books today
**Batman: Legend of the Dark Knight #6-10.... Gothic Storyline by Grant Morrison.
**Batman: LOTDK #11-15.... Prey Storyline (Rumored to have heavily influenced the plot of the upcoming Chris Nolan Batman Film)
**Batman: LOTDK #16-20.... Venom Storyline - Batman fails to save a life b/c he is not strong enough.
**Batman #426-429.... The Death of Robin - Never done before or since - Readers called an 800 number in the middle of the storyline to decide who would not make it out alive: Robin or The Joker
**Ultimate Spider-Man #13.... Young High School Kid Peter Parker tells Mary Jane that he is Spider-Man. Just like he would in real life.
**Amazing Spider-Man #229-230.... Nothing Stops the Juggernaut. One of the BEST example of why Spider-Man is so many people's favorite super hero.
**Amazing Spider-Man #238.... Introduction of the Hobgoblin and the biggest mystery of the 80s this side of Who Shot JR?
**Amazing Spider-Man #400.... The Death of Aunt May. An instant classic until they retconned it - still a moving issue.
**Amazing Spider-Man #542.... Spider-Man, no, Peter Parker Vs. The Kingpin. With Aunt May on her deathbed (at the hands of the Kingpin), Peter Parker crosses some lines that Spider-Man, as a symbol, could never do.
**The Avengers #272-278.... Under Siege Storyline. The Avengers get taken down one at time, in their mansion no less, by the Masters of Evil. One of the Best Marvel Stories EVER!
Now, these are just a few Spider-Man and Batman stories I would include, obviously showing my bias. However each (just as the Tony's list did) has a special meaning for me. I do have to say that I am actually very surprised that not one issue of Peter David's Hulk run was mentioned on the list. There are many issues of his run (#330, #340, #345, #350, #377, #388, #417, and more) that might warrant inclusion on this list. However, I don't feel any of the books Tony did list should be removed.
If Tony does a follow up, I would love to see a 1000 Super Hero Comics You Must Read as I think he left many off to make to book more accessible to a wider audience. And there is nothing wrong with that. I will now be heading to the local comic shop to see how many comics from Tony's list I can find. Thanks, Tony!