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Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?: And Other Amazing Comic Book Trivia! Paperback – May 29, 2012
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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.
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.
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.
I've always been a fan of the sixties, and there's some a brief mention of comic book PSA's, covers, and advertisements from that decade. So "Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent?" gets my vote just for that. The title alone brings a smile to my face.
There's the usual "best ten of" and "worst ten of" lists, so a reader can debate what made his list and what did not.
Definitely deserves a sequel, so the reader can pick up more facts that the comic book novice might want to know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Trying to cancel because I didn't want kindle but not sure if it canceledPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wowwie!! If you even just like comic books this is a MUST HAVE. Really packed with information every fan needs to know.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was interesting and batman is the number one superhero
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Brian does a nice job with his book of comic lists. Definitely check out his WAS SUPERMAN A SPY? too.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
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.
good read fun book came packaged well, no damage, gave it to me son to read, he loved it ThanksPublished on January 1, 2013 by Douglas E. Koschnitzke