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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.
There at the inception of the medium
Involved in every aspect of the medium; artist, writer, editor, publisher, entrepreneur.
Worked with and for the most important companies and personalities in the history of the medium.
As opposed to other professionals who have written books in the medium, the points outlined above provide Joe with the broadest of perspectives. This spares us the all bias's inherent in virtually every other history of the medium making this a must read.
But this book is great because it's not just about Mr. Simon. It is about many of the gone (and often forgotten) giants that formed the foundation of the comic book culture we enjoy today. It's about the way they lived, created, and prospered, as well as how they struggled. But the story remains light and funny throughout.
Highly HIGHLY recommended!
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 ›
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loved this book. It was like sitting in a room with Joe Simon. Very informative.Published 19 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 on July 15, 2014 by Robert Di Nunzio
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
I was lucky enough to pick a copy of Joe Simon: My Life in Comics: The Illustrated Autobiography of Joe Simon at Heroescon in Charlotte NC. Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Kindle Customer