Fred Van Lente and Joe Cooper On ‘The Comic Book Story of Basketball’

While the National Basketball Association plans to resume its 2019-2020 season at the end of July, live audience games are not coming back this year. How can loyal viewers and basketball buffs get lost in the speed, spectacle, and time-honored traditions of this great sport without leaving the comfort and safety of home? Enter The Comic Book Story of Basketball: A Fast-Break History of Hoops by Fred Van Lente and Joe Cooper, a new comics graphic novel in The Comic Book Story Of series!



Whether it’s millionaire pros facing off in an indoor arena full of screaming fans or alone kid shooting hoops on an outdoor court, basketball is one of the most popular and widely played sports in the world. The Comic Book Story of Basketball gives you courtside seats to the history of hoops. It chronicles the sport from its beginnings in a YMCA in Massachusetts to its current status as a beloved international game for men and women of all ages. Learn the true stories behind the college game, the street game, the women’s game, and the international game, with legendary players and coaches like Dr. J, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Steph Curry profiled throughout.


Filled with the vivid and dynamic illustrations by Joe Cooper, The Comic Book Story of Basketball is the perfect gift for basketball fans, sports trivia buffs, and history lovers of all ages.

Chris Braly

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