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The Strange World of Your Dreams: Comics Meet Dali & Freud! Hardcover – July 30, 2013

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Joe Simon contributed some of his last art to ShieldMaster. A legendary figure in comics, he was a renowned comic book writer, artist, inker, designer, editor and publisher who created or co-created many important characters in comic books, and who served as the first editor of Timely Comics, the company that would evolve into Marvel Comics. With Jack Kirby, Joe Simon co-created Captain America, one of comics' most enduring superheroes, and the team worked extensively on such features as DC's Sandman, co-created the Newsboy Legion, the Boy Commandos, and Manhunter. Simon & Kirby creations for other publishers include Fighting American. In the late 1940s, Simon and Kirby created the field of romance comics, and were among the earliest pioneers of horror comics. Joe Simon also created Adventures of The Fly, and his Joe Simon Studio produced other comics and media until he passed away in December, 2011.

Jack Kirby (1917-1994)isone of the unqualified giants in American comic book history.His most famous co-creation, Captain America, is in a major motion picture film franchise from Marvel Studios.

Craig Yoe is a former creative director for The Muppets, Disney, and Nickelodeon. He has authored nearly 50 books and lives in the Hudson Valley, New York.

Jack Kirby (1917-1994)isone of the unqualified giants in American comic book history.His most famous co-creation, Captain America, is in a major motion picture film franchise from Marvel Studios.

Joe Simon contributed some of his last art to ShieldMaster. A legendary figure in comics, he was a renowned comic book writer, artist, inker, designer, editor and publisher who created or co-created many important characters in comic books, and who served as the first editor of Timely Comics, the company that would evolve into Marvel Comics. With Jack Kirby, Joe Simon co-created Captain America, one of comics' most enduring superheroes, and the team worked extensively on such features as DC's Sandman, co-created the Newsboy Legion, the Boy Commandos, and Manhunter. Simon & Kirby creations for other publishers include Fighting American. In the late 1940s, Simon and Kirby created the field of romance comics, and were among the earliest pioneers of horror comics. Joe Simon also created Adventures of The Fly, and his Joe Simon Studio produced other comics and media until he passed away in December, 2011.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; First Edition edition (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613776144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613776148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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That this set of comic books ever existed is a strange and cool thing. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were true comic book pioneers, and this is one of their experiments, not so commercially successful, but definitely fun to read.

The Strange World of Your Dreams appeared beginning in 1952 and was meant to appeal to adult readers. Adult readers presumably, were interested in self reflection and the examined life. The idea is that readers send accounts of their dreams to the fictitious dream analyst, Richard Temple. The publishers would choose dreams to include in the comic (and pay the readers $25 for submitting them, if chosen). With the artwork of Jack Kirby, the dreams would be set to comic format and analyzed by the Temple character.

It's all pretty entertaining. The dreams are anxiety-ridden. There are no dreams of magic castles, unicorns, and happily ever afters. It's monsters from the id right and left. Some reveal suppressed fears or memories, others are portents of the future. Great stuff.

The artwork is also great stuff -- the covers are beautiful works of imagination. And the whole thing is put in a book made to look like an old fashioned pillow. It's even padded for comfort.

I wish there had been more than 4 released issues of the comic, but, as the introduction says, sales were "disappointing."

The introduction contains some interesting history of the treatment of dreams in comic format before Simon and Kirby, including "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend" from 1905 and "Little Nemo in Slumberland" in the New York Herald from 1909. It's all a testament to our fascination with our dreams, and our wonder about what to make of them.
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Leave it to Craig Yoe and Yoe! Books. I was very happy to see someone finally had the sense to collect all four issues from Simon & Kirby's unique 50s comic "The Strange World of Your Dreams" into one book. This is very hard to find stuff, and if you do find it it ain't cheap!

I love the overall design of the book, too. They cleverly used a textured and padded cover printed with a striped pattern to simulate a pillow. Classic! The introduction has a nicely written article about the early psychological examination of dreams and dream meanings and how this had an impact on artists in the early 20th century. It then goes on to talk about some of the ways dreams and dream-like fantasy were incorporated into comics, primarily focusing on Windsor McKay's work on "Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend" and, naturally, "Little Nemo in Slumberland." In addition to this interesting introduction, they've included some nice choices for extra content, such as a complete story concerning dreams from another SImon & Kirby book from the same era, "Black Magic", along with 2 unpublished SWOYD covers.

I have only a few minor criticisms, mostly concerning the production techniques. For instance, the repro of the comic on the pillow-like book cover appears muddy and out-of-focus due to the textured material used. One of the gorgeous unpublished covers is only shown at half size and then colored with a blue tint that obscures the great Kirby artwork. Finally, the comic stories are reproduced with the same sort of print quality with which they originally appeared. That includes all the coarse dots, garish colors and off-register imaging, which leads me to believe the pages were scanned directly from original printed pages. If that was the case, there probably wasn't much they could do to control that.
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I was finally able to buy my exclusive copy of this book at the New England Comics retail store in the Harvard Square district of Cambridge, Mass as soon as I found it there and read it thoroughly. Except for an extra page that somehow got into '4L-523' via Pages 127-128 by error, this book has a full collection of stories published in this magazine series, plus a splendid origin story and an essay of rational explanations within in full color and excellent reprinting! It is a very good book with extra stories included alongside some covers that never got published before, yet remarkably preserved. Thanks!!
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In a great forward by Craig Yoe, we are introduced to the early world of dream comics. The argument is made that dreams and comics go very well together due to the frame nature of comics. Early examples from Winsor McCay are given. Both Little Nemo In Slumberland, and a book I was unfamiliar with, Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend (in which McCay solicited people who had vivid dreams after eating Welsh Rarebit) are referenced as early examples of dream comics.

This collection of comics by Simon and Kirby from the 1950s is surreal and strange. They mostly feature fictional dream interpreter Richard Temple narrating stories of people with disturbing dreams and what those dreams could mean. There are fake offers to interpret your dreams, and one page text stories that are all pretty good. The book drifts into stories of the zodiac as the series tried to find it's footing. The series only lasted 4 issues, and all four issues are here along with covers and proposed covers.

The Kirby art is great with dream creatures with no faces or distended garish looks. The colors are otherworldly. These are comics that in a few years would be deemed unsuitable and banned. They were never meant for children and it's great to have them available again.
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