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Joe Simon: My Life in Comics Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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About the Author
Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created one of the most enduring American heroes in 1940 with Captain America. Simon proved to be a brilliant editor, writer, penciller, inker, and businessman, serving as an editor for Archie, Harvey, Fox, Crestwood, and Mainline Publications —Simon and Kirby’s own company.
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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.
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!
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.
I need to read his other book that he wrote with his son, Jim, The Comic Book Makers. The two books really seem like they go together. While they cover some of the same material, I am sure, this book is more of an autobio on Mr. Simon.
I will be reading this book again. I found it to hold my interest strongly.