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Fire & Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, And The Birth Of Marvel Comics

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Originally published at Comic Book Daily under my Bound Together column. This book wins for longest title this year by a mile.  Fire & Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, And The Birth Of Marvel Comics is a biography of Bill Everett complete with lots and lots of art.  Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Written by Blake Bell and compiled with the aid and assistance of Everett’s family, friends, and cartoonist peers, Fire and Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner & the Birth of Marvel Comics is an intimate biography of a troubled man;…read more

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Captain America The Classic Years

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Originally published at Comic Book Daily under my Bound Together column. In 1989 Marvel decided to give some Joe Simon and Jack Kirby works the deluxe treatment in the form of hardcover reprints.  The Fighting American, Captain America and Boys Ranch were reprinted as hardcover volumes outside of the Marvel Masterworks program that was in full swing.  At the time Masterworks were focusing on silver age Marvel works so these 1940s and 1950s works didn’t fit. Captain America The Classic Years was published in 1990: two 7.25×10.25″ hardcover volumes in…read more

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