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Streetwise Paperback – August 21, 2000
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"...one of the best ideas in the history of comics. Streetwise is a terrific idea, with some outstanding contributions." -- Alan David Doane, Silver Bullet
About the Author
John Morrow is publisher of a full line of magazines documenting the history of comic books in America and abroad, and edits The Jack Kirby Collector, a bi-monthly magazine devoted to the life and career of Jack Kirby, comics most prodigious creator. Jon B. Cooke is editor of the Eisner Award-winning magazine Comic Book Artist, celebrating the works of the great artists, writers, and editors of comics.
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Jack Kirby's "Street Code" is the springboard -- a beautifully illustrated tale told in pencil about the King's childhood in Brooklyn during the Depression era. Alex Toth (creator of Space Ghost, but he did so much more) presents a text-and-drawing tale about getting by during the Depression. Captain Marvel creator C.C. Beck offers an illustrated story about his struggle to make it as an artist after a lifetime of his preacher father being told it was not a suitable trade for his son.
There's also humor -- Scott Shaw tells of a Halloween experience, Evan Dorkin tells about a summer of stealing sodas at camp. And on a more serious note, there's the first version of a little book called "Maus" by a man named Art Spiegelman... who later went on to win the first Pulitzer for the comics form with the full-length tale.
If you're a fan of today's black-and-white comics, or the legends of the past, check out this book. You won't regret it.
There's a lot more to this collection than The King, tho'.
All styles of art & types of story are represented here, including Murphy Anderson & Nick Cardy's beautifully pencilled depiction's of their individual childhood's, Brent Anderson's first experience of death during a camping trip, Sal Amendola's & Alan Kupperberg's respective tour's around the DC offices of the '70's, Rick Veitch & Paul Chadwick's weird tales of hitch-hiking, Barry Windsor-Smith's UFO experience, Michael T. Gilbert's heartbreaking drug anecdote and much, much more besides.
This is a book that won't be for all fans, but for those of us interested in the people behind the work, it's a fantastic peek into the creative life, by turns humorous, harrowing & just plain entertaining.