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From the Publisher

This is a Deluxe, Limited Edition signed by Joe Simon! --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Joe Simon, after creating Captain America, was appointed the first editor-in-chief of Timely comics, the company that would become Marvel Comics. He would continue to create other icons of popular culture on his own and with collaborator Jack Kirby, including Fighting American, The Boy Commandos, romance comics, and the Fly.

Jim Simon is a published author of fiction and nonfiction books. Jim's writings on comic book history have been published in books by Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Titan Publishing, and Abrams ComicArts.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VANGUARD PRODUCTIONS (March 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887591338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887591331
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.9 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,449,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Lasiuta on May 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
The top headline of the book says it all.
`The Young men in the golden age of Comic Books were as bizarre as the characters they created.'
Joe Simon was one of those men. He, along with Jack Kirby, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Bob Kane, and a host of others toiled in the early comic book trenches blanketed in anonymity for decades. The major creators were well paid for a time, then their fortunes fell and many died in poverty, obscurity, and bitterness. Fortunately, with the rise of Comic Book Scholars and Historians, and the growing necessity to record the events of the Golden Age of Comics, we have `Comic Book Makers.'
The history of comic books is a twisted story. Fraught with danger, and drama, the publisher vs artist/writer power struggle threatened to destroy the very industry in its' infancy. Publishers like Donenfield, and Martin became wealthy, while those who created their `power', struggled to survive. Joe Simon was there. Bob Kane was there. And today, after decades of denial of many of the creators have finally received their due.
The Comic Book Makers is a powerful, and lively book. Co Written by one of comicdoms greatest talents, it exposes the comic book industry at its' creative and financial peak. Joe Simon was there for many of the quintesessential moments. Co creator of Captain America, friend of Siegel and Shuster, associate of Bob Kane, and long time friend of Stan Lee, he has been privy to many of the critical times in the industry.
Written in an episodal format, in each chapter he discusses the history of comics from various perspectives, and includes fascinating first person stories about the many influential comics professionals.
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Format: Paperback
The point of view this book provides is truly one of a kind. It's the most well-written first hand Greatest Generation take on the American comic book. Joe Simon wore every hat during the golden age of comics: artist, writer, editor and publisher. He got around, knew all the big creative names, all the industry power brokers, as well as the mainstays of the business as it used to be, like page erasers and shop gofers. He knows the big stories, the scandals and lawsuits of the period. But the thing I value most about this book may be the small stories. It gives you a real sense of what it was like at the offices of Timely, DC and Harvey back in the day. This well-illustrated volume gives you a real texture and taste of a time that will never be repeated. For that, it's worth many times the price.

Highest recommendation.
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There is an old adage that goes something like; 'Don't walk the walk unless you can talk the talk', and I have to say, when it comes to the history of comic books, Joe Simon can walk it and talk it with the best of them-he was there. He created or co-created: Captain America and Bucky, Boy Commandoes, Fighting American, Boys Ranch, The Fly, Manhunter, Sandman, The Newsboy Legion, the entire genre of romance comics and more. He worked on Dick Tracy, Captain Marvel, Joe Palooka, and many others uncredited. He was the first Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics, and at various times an editor at DC Comics, Archie, Harvey, and Fox Comics. His work has appeared in the New York Times, used for the Olympics, and he has been inducted into the International Comic Book Hall of Fame. Whew.
With The Comic Book Makers, Mr. Simon, along with his son Jim, have created a memoir regarding the early days of the comic industry, which is impressive in its execution. Do not think that this is some dry history lesson. They make the past come to life with humorous anecdotes and gorgeous full and half page art from some of the biggest names in the field at the time. Artists like Lou Fine, Dick Briefer, Joe Shuster, and Mr. Simon's frequent partner Jack Kirby, in glorious black and white so you can see the pages as they were intended. There is also a beautiful color section highlighting the art of such luminaries Jack Davis, Jack Kirby, as well as Mr. Simon's own work-truly beautiful.
He shares stores with such insight that even I, a long time comic fan and bit of an historian myself, learned something new-and let me tell you, that is no easy feat. The style of storytelling, as his art, is crisp and dynamic, humorous and insightful.
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