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Comic Book Implosion by John Wells

Title Comic Book Implosion
Author John Wells
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2018-07-25
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 136
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1978, DC Comics implemented a bold initiative to combat plummeting sales: Give readers more story pages with a higher cover price, to better compete on newsstands. This “DC Explosion” brought with it many creative new titles, but just weeks after its launch, they pulled the plug, cancelling numerous titles and leaving stacks of completed comic book stories unpublished. It quickly became known as “The DC Implosion”, and TwoMorrows Publishing marks the 40th Anniversary of one of the most notorious events in comics with an exhaustive oral history from the creators involved (Jenette Kahn, Paul Levitz, Len Wein, Mike Gold, and others), plus detailed analysis of how it changed the landscape of comics forever!

Comic Book Creator 17 by Jon B. Cooke

Title Comic Book Creator 17
Author Jon B. Cooke
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2018-06-05
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 100
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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COMIC BOOK CREATOR #17 (bonus-size 100 pages) takes a look at the legacy and influence of WALLACE WOOD, one of the greatest comic book artists the world has even known, with a heartfelt look about Woody's career, as well as a gallery of little-seen work. Included is an extended interview with former “Woodworker” RALPH REESE, one of the finest artists to emerge out from under Woody's wing and into a superlative career in the 1970s, whether on Marvel's horror comics, upon the pages of National Lampoon, or in the underground realm. Plus we have a long chat with cover artist HILARY BARTA, from his early years as Marvel inker, fondly-recalled PLASTIC MAN, rise with “stupid” Image Comics and America's Best collaborations with Alan Moore, to his current work for Plankton Comics. And, of course, CBC includes its usual informative features, including the humor of HEMBECK! Edited by JON B. COOKE.

The World of TwoMorrows by John Morrow

Title The World of TwoMorrows
Author John Morrow
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2020-04-08
Category Antiques & Collectibles
Total Pages 256
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1994, amidst the boom-&-bust of comic book speculators, The Jack Kirby Collector #1 was published for true fans of the medium. That modest labor of love spawned TwoMorrows Publishing, today’s premier purveyor of publications about comics and pop culture. Celebrate our 25th anniversary with this special retrospective look at the company that changed fandom forever! Co-edited by and featuring publisher John Morrow and Comic Book Artist/Comic Book Creator magazine’s Jon B. Cooke, it gives the inside story and behind-the-scenes details of a quarter-century of looking at the past in a whole new way. Also included are Back Issue magazine’s Michael Eury, Alter Ego’s Roy Thomas, George Khoury (author of Kimota!, Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore, and other books), Mike Manley (Draw! magazine), Eric Nolen-Weathington (Modern Masters), and a host of other comics luminaries who’ve contributed to TwoMorrows’ output over the years. From their first Eisner Award-winning book Streetwise, through their BrickJournal Lego® magazine, up to today’s RetroFan magazine, every major TwoMorrows publication and contributor is covered with the same detail and affection the company gives to its books and magazines. With an Introduction by Mark Evanier, Foreword by Alex Ross, Afterword by Paul Levitz, and a new cover by Tom McWeeney!

Comic Book Creator 22 by Jon B. Cooke

Title Comic Book Creator 22
Author Jon B. Cooke
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2020-03-18
Category Antiques & Collectibles
Total Pages 80
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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CBC #22 travels to the studio of P. Craig Russell, whose career stretches from Killraven and Elric, to his Oscar Wilde adaptations and The Sandman, to the present day with American Gods, for a career-spanning, intimate interview (complete with photos and a gallery of PCR’s finest artwork). Also, we look at an almost completely unknown work of Frank Quitely, renowned artist on All-Star Superman and The Authority: his awesome artwork decorating the walls of a Radisson hotel in Scotland! We also talk with Derf Backderf about his forthcoming graphic novel commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tragic killing of college students, Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio. Jeff Gelb says goodbye to his best friend and frequent CBC contributor Bill Schelly. And we finally make that visit to the great Joe Sinnott to discuss his Treasure Chest work, as well as get revealing answers from Jay Leisten from our probing 10 Questions. Oh, and lest we forget, Fred Hembeck shares a new strip! Edited by Jon B. Cooke.

Comic Book Creator 19 by Jon B. Cooke

Title Comic Book Creator 19
Author Jon B. Cooke
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2019-03-06
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 96
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Celebrating the greatest fantasy artist of all time, FRANK FRAZETTA! From THUN’DA and EC COMICS to CREEPY, EERIE, and VAMPIRELLA, Steve Ringgenberg and CBC’s editor present an historical retrospective, including insights by current creators and associates, and memories of the man himself. PLUS: Frazetta-inspired artists JOE JUSKO, and TOM GRINDBERG, who contributes our Death Dealer cover painting!

Title American Comic Book Chronicles The 1980s
Author Keith Dallas
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2013
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1605490466
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The American Comic Book Chronicles continues its ambitious series of FULL-COLOR HARDCOVERS, where TwoMorrows' top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! Keith Dallas headlines this volume on the 1980s, covering all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details of comics during the Reagan years! You'll get a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends, including: The rise and fall of Jim Shooter at Marvel Comics! The ascendancy of Frank Miller as a comic book superstar with works like Daredevil, Ronin and The Dark Knight! DC Comics’ reboot with Crisis on Infinite Earths and its Renaissance with a British invasion of talent like Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Neil Gaiman! The emergence of Direct Market-exclusive publishers like Eclipse Comics, Pacific Comics, First Comics, Comico, Dark Horse Comics and others! These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover.Taken together, American Comic Book Chronicles forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for ANY comic book enthusiast!

Title American Comic Book Chronicles The 1990s
Author Keith Dallas
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2018-12-05
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1605490849
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The 1990s was the decade when Marvel Comics sold 8.1 million copies of an issue of the X-Men, saw its superstar creators form their own company, cloned Spider-Man, and went bankrupt. The 1990s was when Superman died, Batman had his back broken, and the runaway success of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman led to DC Comics’ Vertigo line of adult comic books. It was the decade of gimmicky covers, skimpy costumes, and mega-crossovers. But most of all, the 1990s was the decade when companies like Image, Valiant and Malibu published million-selling comic books before the industry experienced a shocking and rapid collapse. American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1990s is a year-by-year account of the comic book industry during the Bill Clinton years. This full-color hardcover volume documents the comic book industry’s most significant publications, most notable creators, and most impactful trends from that decade. Written by Keith Dallas and Jason Sacks.

Title American Comic Book Chronicles 1940 1944
Author Kurt Mitchell
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2019-07-31
Category Antiques & Collectibles
Total Pages 288
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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The American Comic Book Chronicles continues its ambitious series of FULL-COLOR HARDCOVERS, where TwoMorrows' top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! Kurt Mitchell and editor Roy Thomas composed this volume about the “Golden Age” of the comic book industry, a period that presented the earliest adventures of such iconic super-heroes as Batman, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Wonder Woman. It was a time when America’s entry into World War II was presaged by the arrival of such patriotic do-gooders as Will Eisner’s Uncle Sam, Harry Shorten and Irv Novick’s The Shield, and Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America. It was when teenage culture found expression in a fumbling red-haired high school student named Archie Andrews. But most of all, the first five years of the 1940s was the age of the “packagers” when studios headed by men like Harry A Chesler, Will Eisner, and Jerry Iger churned out material for a plethora of new comic book companies that published the entire gamut of genres, from funny animal stories to crime tales to jungle sagas to science-fiction adventures. These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover. Taken together, American Comic Book Chronicles forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for ANY comic book enthusiast!

Comic Book Creator 20 by Jon B. Cooke

Title Comic Book Creator 20
Author Jon B. Cooke
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2019-08-14
Category Antiques & Collectibles
Total Pages 100
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Not Your Average Joes” is the theme of CBC #20, headlined by an exhaustive interview with JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his signature creation Cry for Dawn, discussing his many years as a comics professional, and current work on Vampirella. (We also talk with Joe’s significant other, KRISTINA DEAK-LINSNER, about the distinction of being Vampi’s first female artist!) Then CBC spends Sunday Brunch with the great JOE SINNOTT, catching up with the legendary artist to discuss his years at Marvel, inking Jack Kirby’s work, and his nearly forgotten masterworks produced for Treasure Chest. Plus JOE JUSKO returns to our pages to talk about his early exposure to the Marvel Age of Comics and his fabulous “Corner Box Collection,” which honor the great ’60s cover design element produced by the House of Ideas! We also track down the elusive artists behind the Topps bubble gum BAZOOKA JOE comic strips, and visit with a guy named “Yoe,” CRAIG YOE, the creative force behind Yoe Books. Plus, we showcase another installment of our RICH BUCKLER interview and, of course, HEMBECK!

Title American Comic Book Chronicles The 1970s
Author Jason Sacks
Publisher TwoMorrows Publishing
Release 2014
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1605490563
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The American Comic Book Chronicles continues its ambitious series of FULL-COLOR HARDCOVERS, where TwoMorrows' top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! Jason Sacks and Keith Dallas coordinate this volume on the 1970s, covering all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details of the emerging Bronze Age of comics! You'll get a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends, including: the dawn of relevance with Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ Green Lantern! Jack Kirby’s Fourth World saga! Revisions to the Comics Code that opens the floodgates for monsters and the supernatural! Jenette Kahn’s arrival at DC and the subsequent DC Implosion! The coming of Jim Shooter and the Direct Market! These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover. Taken together, American Comic Book Chronicles forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for ANY comic book enthusiast!