Thursday, February 12, 2009

YA Review: "Comic Book Century" by Stephen Krensky (rated 5 stars)

by Stephen Krensky

Have you ever wondered how comics began? Do you think about how come certain characters came to be? Are you just interested in comic books? This is the book for you. “Comic Book Century: the history of American comic books” is an interesting and well-written history of the American comic book. Krensky begins with how the Great Depression created an opening for comic because people needed something to funny and light to read to escape the hardships they were facing during the 1930s. He then goes through the rise of the superhero to the creation of the Comic Code Authority to the rise of the underground Comix movement to the present. It is filled with color reproductions of comic book covers and mentions the individuals who impacted the world of comics. This is perfect for anyone, young or old, interested in the history of American comics. It is fast-paced and there is a great timeline in the back.

It was great to read about where comics started and where it is headed.

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