Now shipping is the latest volume in TwoMorrows Publishing’s groundbreaking series of full-color hardcovers, where top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today.
American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944 examines the World War II Golden Age of comic books, a period that presented the earliest adventures of such iconic super-heroes as Batman, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Author Kurt Mitchell and collaborator Roy Thomas composed this volume about the era 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 exhaustively researched book. Taken together with other volumes on the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, the 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.
The publisher is currently running a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund new printings of the sold-out 1950s and 1980s volumes (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/twomorrows/american-comic-book-chronicles-the-1980s). It was fully funded in less than 12 hours, guaranteeing the entire series of comics history books will stay in print as the company readies the final volume on 1945-49 for release in Spring 2020.