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The Horror! the Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read! [With DVD]by Jim Trombetta
Synopses & Reviews
Praise for The Case of Charles Dexter Ward:
Culbard triumphs in bringing to life a story that isn't inherently visual . Another success by one of the best modern translators of the endlessly popular scribe.” —Booklist
This is really the best way to enjoy Lovecraft.” —Boing Boing
Culbard brings the classic tale to life, and his work will very likely entice readers who enjoy the macabre to seek out the original novel.” —PublishersWeekly.com
If youre looking for chills, you'll find them here.” —Scripps Howard News Service
Culbard illustrates this tale of life everlasting—replete with ancient lore and sinister networks crossing the boundaries of reason, morality and science—in appropriately dark and lurid colors.” —The Milwaukee Shepherd Express
It's been something of a renaissance for H.P. Lovecraft comics over the last couple of years thanks to SelfMadeHero.” —Houston Press Art Attack” blog
Were giving it an ichor-dripping thumbs up.” —The Austin Chronicle Under the Covers” blog
Rich details in his drawings cull out the storys shadows and the sadness that lurks behind the fearsome details. Culbard masterfully controls the pacing as well, creating suspense and shock through his elegant pages.” —Graphic Novel Reporter
The names Joe Simon and Jack Kirby are synonyandshy;mous with comic books, and their partnership ushandshy;ered in the Golden Age of comics starting in the 1940s. Together they created memorable characters such as Captain America and Sandman, invented romance comandshy;ics, and raised the standard for the genres of western, crime, and horror comic books. Over the course of three decades they wrote and illustrated several hundred comics, many of which are reproduced in this oversized volume covering all aspects of their amazing career. Selected and with an introduction by Mark Evanier, the foremost authority on the work of Simon and Kirby, and an afterword by Jim Simon, son of Joe Simon,and#160;the book includes artwork photographed from the original art in Joe Simonand#8217;s private archive and showcases the seminal work of Simon and Kirby and their artistry as it has never been seen before.
The Horror! The Horror! uncovers a rare treasury of some of the most important and neglected stories in American literature—the pre-Code horror comics of the 1950s. These outrageous comic book images, censored by Congress in an infamous televised U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency in 1954, have rarely been seen since they were first published—and are revealed once again in all of their eye-popping glory. Jim Trombetta, in his commentary and informative text, provides a detailed history and context for these stories and their creators, spinning a tale of horror and government censorship as scary as the stories themselves.
Bonus DVD--Confidential File, a rare 25-minute TV show that first aired on October 9, 1955, about the "evils" of comic books and their effect on juvenile delinquency is included with the book.
Please note that the enclosed DVD begins with a 58-second test pattern, followed by the tv show.
Praise for The Horror! The Horror!:
"In addition to offering a generous helping of controversial comics . . . Trombetta's book provides insightful history."
-New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Jim Trombetta has been a Shakespearean scholar, a reporter and editor for Crawdaddy, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications, and a writer of numerous TV shows, including Miami Vice, The Flash, and Star Trek. He lives in Los Angeles.
R. L. Stine is the bestselling author of hundreds of horror novels, including the Goosebumps and Fear Street series.
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