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The Mlj Companion

The Mlj Companion
Author: Jon B. Cooke
Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
ISBN: 1605490679
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THE MLJ COMPANION documents the complete history of Archie Comics’ super-hero characters known as the “Mighty Crusaders”—The Shield, Black Hood, Steel Sterling, Hangman, Mr. Justice, The Fly, and many others. It features in-depth examinations of each era of the characters’ extensive history: The Golden Age (beginning with the Shield, the first patriotic super-hero, who pre-dated Captain America by a full year), the Silver Age (spotlighting those offbeat, campy Mighty Comics issues, and The Fly and Jaguar), the Bronze Age (with the Red Circle line, and the !mpact imprint published by DC Comics), up to the Modern Age, with its Dark Circle imprint (featuring such fan-favorites series as “The Fox” by Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel). Plus: Learn what “MLJ” stands for! Uncover such rarities as the Mighty Crusaders board game, and the Shadow’s short-lived career as a spandex-clad superhero! Discover the ill-fated Spectrum line of comics, that was abruptly halted due to its violent content! See where the super-heroes crossed over into Archie, Betty, and Veronica’s world! And read interviews with Irv Novick, Dick Ayers, Rich Buckler, Bill DuBay, Steve Englehart, Jim Valentino, Jimmy Palmiotti, Kelly Jones, Michael Uslan, and others who chronicled the Mighty Crusaders’ exploits from the 1940s to today! By Rik Offenberger, Paul Castiglia, and Jon B. Cooke,with a cover by Rich Buckler and Joe Rubinstein. INCLUDES 60 FULL-COLOR PAGES OF KEY MLJ STORIES!
The MLJ Companion
Language: un
Pages: 288
Authors: Jon B. Cooke, Paul Castiglia, Rik Offenberger
Categories: COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-27 - Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
THE MLJ COMPANION documents the complete history of Archie Comics’ super-hero characters known as the “Mighty Crusaders”—The Shield, Black Hood, Steel Sterling, Hangman, Mr. Justice, The Fly, and many others. It features in-depth examinations of each era of the characters’ extensive history: The Golden Age (beginning with the Shield, the first patriotic super-hero, who pre-dated Captain America by a full year), the Silver Age (spotlighting those offbeat, campy Mighty Comics issues, and The Fly and Jaguar), the Bronze Age (with the Red Circle line, and the !mpact imprint published by DC Comics), up to the Modern Age, with its Dark Circle imprint (featuring such fan-favorites series as “The Fox” by Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel). Plus: Learn what “MLJ” stands for! Uncover such rarities as the Mighty Crusaders board game, and the Shadow’s short-lived career as a spandex-clad superhero! Discover the ill-fated Spectrum line of comics, that was abruptly halted due to its violent content! See where the super-heroes crossed over into Archie, Betty, and Veronica’s world! And read interviews with Irv Novick, Dick Ayers, Rich Buckler, Bill DuBay, Steve Englehart, Jim Valentino, Jimmy Palmiotti, Kelly Jones, Michael Uslan, and others who chronicled the Mighty Crusaders’ exploits from the 1940s
The Thunder Agents Companion
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Jon B. Cooke
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
This is the authorized — and definitive — book on the history of such memorable characters as Dynamo, No-Man, Lightning, Andor, the Iron Maiden, and all the other super-heroes and super-villains created by the late, great Wallace Wood and company! Included are interviews with Woody’s creative team, as well as those superb writers and artists involved in the various Thunder Agents resurrections over the decades, and a detailed examination of the origins and exploits of the characters themselves, including the shocking truth behind the first super-hero to ever be “killed,” Menthor, the master of mental force! This exclusive book also features reams of rarely-seen or previous unpublished artwork, including a rare 28-page T-Agents story drawn by Paul Gulacy, unpublished stories by Gulacy, Paris Cullins, and others, all behind a Jerry Ordway cover. Edited by Jon B. Cooke.
The Quality Companion
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Mike Kooiman, Jim Amash
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
THE QUALITY COMPANION provides the first dedicated look at the prolific Golden Age publisher which spawned a treasure trove of beautiful art and classic characters, including the modern-day “Freedom Fighters”—UNCLE SAM, PHANTOM LADY, BLACK CONDOR, THE RAY, HUMAN BOMB, and DOLL MAN—as well as PLASTIC MAN, the BLACKHAWKS, and others now under the DC Comics umbrella. It provides the first-ever A-Z in-depth character profile of every Quality costumed hero, many of whom were superbly-produced but are now long-forgotten. It also reprints, in FULL-COLOR, several 1940s key stories of these characters from such rare 1940s collector’s items as SMASH COMICS, POLICE COMICS, NATIONAL COMICS, FEATURE COMICS, and CRACK COMICS, and features Golden Age art by the top artistic talents of that era, including LOU FINE, REED CRANDALL, JACK COLE, CHUCK CUIDERA, MATT BAKER, WILL EISNER, and others! There’s a contextual chronology, a unique oral history featuring commentary by many of the major Quality creators and their progeny, and studies that shed new light on Will Eisner's relationship with Quality! Plus: It covers the characters’ revival from the 1970s to today, including Plastic Man’s short-lived 1960s series, the classic Justice League/Justice Society crossover that introduced the Quality characters into the DC Comics
Silver Age Sci-Fi Companion
Language: en
Pages: 138
Authors: Mike W. Barr
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
In the Silver Age of Comics, space was the place, and the SILVER AGE SCI-FI COMPANION (144-page softcover, $19.95) summarizes, critiques and lovingly recalls the classic DC Comics science-fiction series edited by JULIUS SCHWARTZ and written by GARDNER FOX and JOHN BROOME! The pages of DC’s science-fiction magazines of the 1960s, STRANGE ADVENTURES and MYSTERY IN SPACE, are opened for you, including story-by-story reviews of complete series such as ADAM STRANGE, ATOMIC KNIGHTS, SPACE MUSEUM, STAR ROVERS, STAR HAWKINS and others! Writer/editor MIKE W. BARR tells you which series crossed over with each other, behind-the-scenes secrets, and more, including writer and artist credits for every story! Features rare art by CARMINE INFANTINO, MURPHY ANDERSON, GIL KANE, SID GREENE, MIKE SEKOWSKY, and many others, plus a glorious new cover by ALAN DAVIS and PAUL NEARY! Written by MIKE W. BARR.
American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Kurt Mitchell, Roy Thomas
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-31 - Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
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,
Secondary Superheroes of Golden Age Comics
Language: en
Pages: 446
Authors: Lou Mougin
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-01-10 - Publisher: McFarland
 When Superman debuted in 1938, he ushered in a string of imitators--Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Captain America. But what about the many less well-known heroes who lined up to fight crooks, super villains or Hitler--like the Shield, the Black Terror, Crimebuster, Cat-Man, Dynamic Man, the Blue Beetle, the Black Cat and even Frankenstein? These and other four-color fighters crowded the newsstands from the late 1930s through the early 1950s. Most have since been overlooked, and not necessarily because they were victims of poor publication. This book gives the other superheroes of the Golden Age of comics their due.
America's 1st Patriotic Comic Book Hero the Shield
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Harry Shorten
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Archie Comic
Relive the Golden Age of comics with America's first super patriot. A hero with great power, strength and courage who donned the colors of the American flag. A hero who lived for democracy and protected the world from the foes of freedom! No, it's not who you think... it's THE SHIELD, who predated his well known counterpart by over a year. This historic full color trade paperback reprints his first 8 stories from PEP and SHIELD/WIZARD Comics. It includes his first appearance and origin, along with the covers of the comics they originally appeared in. This high quality book features a foreword by Golden Age comics historian Robert M. Overstreet and a cover by Stephanie & Mark Heike of AC Comics.
The Jackpot Comics Companion
Language: un
Pages: 168
Authors: Gwandanaland Comics
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-04 - Publisher:
SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM GWANDANALAND COMICSWith the success of many of their characters in Pep Comics, Zip Comics and Blue Ribbon Comics, M.L.J. Publishing was looking for a way to make a little more money, get a little more mileage, out of their best characters. The answer was Jackpot Comics, a quarterly title which served as a Greatest Hits albums of sorts, bringing four of the top heroes of the M.L.J. Universe together every three months. THE JACKPOT COMICS COMPANION brings to the interested reader, full cover gallery, information about all the characters who appeared in this series, their artists, and stories which represent each feature and issue. This is a chance for the Jackpot Comics fan to learn a little more, to enjoy this great series in a new way, or to decide if maybe this is a series for you to dive into all the way! It is based on the best information available; if you have corrections, or something that would help improve this volume, contact us for great rewards! GWANDANALAND COMICS(TM): We specialize in character collections - many for the first time in print; we also publish individual issues from the past as well as complete comic
The Adventures of the Fly
Language: en
Pages: 96
Authors: Joe Simon, Various
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-10-01 - Publisher: Archie Comic
Presents the adventures of Tommy Troy who, after being given a special ring by an emissary from the Fly World, transforms into the Fly.
Take That Adolf!
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Mark Fertig
Categories: COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-22 - Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Between 1941 and 1945, Hitler was pummeled on comic book covers by everyone from Captain America to Wonder Woman. Take That, Adolf! is an oversized compilation of more than 500 stunningly restored comics covers published during World War II, featuring America’s greatest super-villain. From Superman and Daredevil to propaganda and racism, Take That, Adolf! is a fascinating look at how legendary creators such as Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Alex Schomburg, Will Eisner, and Lou Fine entertained millions of kids on the home front and buoyed the spirits of GIs fighting overseas by using Adolf Hitler as a punching bag.