HOLY you may be familiar with from the

HOLY HISTORY PROJECT BATMAN! The title of the book I used
for this history-tastic project is “The Comic Book: The One Essential Guide For
Comic Book Fans Everywhere” authored by Paul Sassienie and a foreword by Jim
Shooter. While the book itself is outdated as it was made in 1994, it is very
descriptive when talking about the history about the comics themselves. Such a
quote is “The term ‘Golden Age’ refers to American Comics published between
June 1938 and 1945. The comics published around this time were typically 64
pages in length, measured approximately 7.25 x 10.25 inches, and had an
alluring four-colour covers – in many cases this was deceptive, as the
interiors had some pages printed in black and white.”  This quote encaptures the descriptive nature
of this book by giving you all of the most important information about the
original, Golden Age comics comic book and how they were kind of like clickbait
from the 20th century.

Another thing I found that this book had to offer was that
it didn’t just focus on the two ig players in the comics industry DC Comics
with Superman Batman and Wonder Woman, and Marvel Comics with Captain America,
Namor, the Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch (no, not the one you may be
familiar with from the 2004 movie Fantastic Four, played by Chris Evans) but
went into the history of other big comic book companies of the time, such as,
Archie, with the Archie comics brand, Whiz Comics, with Captain Marvel/Shazam
(this hero is now property of DC Comics and Warner Bros) Shadow Comics, Doc
Savage Comics, Red Ryder Comics and many, many, more. A quote that explains a
story of one of the comic book industry’s forgotten wonders “MLJ (Archie) began
1940 with the publication of the long-surviving Pep Comics featuring The Shield
— G-Man Extraordinary, who is widely considered to have been the first
patriotic hero.” this quote isn’t much, but this quote is the proof that Paul
Sassienie is a fan of all comics (as he said in the intro of the book) and he
decided to include all of the big comic book industries and some of the smaller
ones too. While most people would do this review and only touch on the good
that their books were, I am going to explain a couple of things that I found
this book did wrong and that is the lack of mention of most of those other lost
wonders of the Golden and SIlver Age comic books. There are some comic book
companies that are brought up and said to be popular at the time and then they
just don’t go into any more detail about said company and/or book. A passage of
a under appreciated wonder is” ” Another gripe I have with this book is the
lack of mention of the good modern comics (from that time) there was barely any
mention of DC’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” or the X-Men who at this time got
the famous Wolverine on their team (Fun Fact he was originally a villain to The
Incredible Hulk) there was also the rising popularity of villain Deadpool who
was a mutant like the X-Men but instead of working with them he worked against
them as a mercenary, but he didn’t appear that often according to the author. 

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