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“...[W]ho knew that the creators of Captain America would also be the forces behind one of comics’ strongest genres for decades? Jack Kirby and Joe Simon brought their considerable comics-creating skills to romance comics, now helpfully collected by Fantagraphics in Young Romance: The Best Of Simon & Kirby’s Romance Comics. Kirby uses his lifelike pencils to depict Lichtenstein-worthy heroines pining over these strong-shouldered men who love them.” (Gwen Ihnat - The A.V. Club)

About the Author

Jack Kirby (1917-1994) 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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (January 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995020
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When this book was first announced/solicited, I was confused... wasn't Titan putting out a series of S&K hardbacks with Simon's cooperation? What was Fantagraphics doing publishing this? Was Simon working with them? Was he sharing in any profits this book might bring in? What's the deal?!?!?

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.
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Love this book! This covers a long period (1947-1959) of romance comics by the team of Simon and Kirby. Most of the stories come from "Young Romance". There are also covers reproduced towards about 2/3 of the way through the book. The production gets an "A" from me. The paper is colored a light cream color to simulate the color of older newsprint, but the paper is actually a quality matte stock. The colors are retouched but not overly so. It feels like you are looking at an old-style comic with the dot patterning but cleaned up just enough to look vibrant and fresh and not too muddy. Thankfully this was not re-colored with modern-day sensibilities. The stories need to be taken with a grain (or two) of salt but if you're buying this you probably already know what to expect. Very nice collection and I hope that someone will put out similar collections of romance comics but with non-Kirby art.
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If you're a fan of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon's work, you already own this! Each of the comic books in this volume would cost more than the price of this book. It's a tremendous value and filled with that detailed, wonderful Jack Kirby artwork! Done in the late 1940's and early to mid 1950's, the stories are well selected and just a few years after this Jack Kirby would co-create almost the entire Marvel Comics universe!
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I love this product, and I wish that there are more volumes like the Crime Doesn't Pay and Horror Tales series - sigh!! I enjoy reading romance comics as well as crime & horror ones!
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