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Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics Hardcover – January 30, 2012
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About the Author
Joe Simon (1913-) is one 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.
Michel Gagné was born in Quebec and has worked as an animator and cartoonist for Pixar, Disney, DC Comics and the Cartoon Network. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Top Customer Reviews
First and foremost, I am somewhat of a Kirby completist. I love all his work. Additionally, I also love Fantagraphics. They have consistently published first-rate cartoonists, quality reprint series and, possibly most importantly, the Comics Journal. Those of us who were around in the 70s-80s know the importance of the Journal... they were the first magazine that treated comics as an artform. They championed the expansion of comics into other genres besides Super Heroes. Of particular interest pertaining to this review, they also championed the rights of the cartoonist. They incessantly pointed out the shoddy treatment cartoonists endured at the hands of their respective publishers. They, moreso than any other industry publication, pointed out the poor conditions of the industry-wide standard "work-for-hire" contracts the companies used... printed on the back of paychecks, no less!!!! As someone who started out with DC/Marvel comics, my outlook on ethics and creators in general was shaped by the Journal. The idea that comics could do anything any other media could was instilled in me in large part by the Journal.
So, imagine my surprise when I found out that the material in this book was in public domain and Fantagraphics had no intention whatsoever in paying the estates of either Kirby or Simon. To my sensibilities, this stance was so incongruent with Fantagraphics' public stance, I wasn't sure if purchasing this book was a good idea.Read more ›
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I thought twice about this but I like Simon/Kirby stuff so much I bought it. Its pretty darn good.Published 18 months ago by Brad T. Thornsbrough
Most people say they own this because ...its Kirby and "it completes their collection". Actually, these stories address poverty, manners and even anti-Semitism. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by sargent
Finally a book about the Simon/Kirby romance comics the way it should be done. Beautiful restoration of 21 stories in color with first-rate production values, á la the Ditko... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Lars Teglbjaerg