Superhero dramas rule our theaters and our television screens, but the real-life stories of comic book artists and writers can be just as exciting. This book tells the story of the creators, primary among them Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who transformed Marvel Comics from also-ran to phenomenon; creating fan-favorite characters like Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four in the process. But it's also a succession of tragedies. Artists betrayed, writers gone broke, coalitions of maverick artists subsumed by corporate. Howe doesn't give short shrift to the miracles and feats of imagination that allowed Marvel Comics to survive, but he also finds truth in the old saying that "comics will break your heart."

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061992117
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 1st, 2013

Liz Suburbia establishes herself as a name to be reckoned with this excellent graphic novel. There's a mystery, a murder, and an apocalypse bubbling beneath the surface of a small town. But in the meantime, the local teenagers drink, kiss and struggle with the raw truths of adolescence, as well as its banal realities. You'll see yourself somewhere in this tangle of stories, and you'll remember that moment in your life when everything went to hell and you didn't even notice.

Sacred Heart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781606998410
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - September 20th, 2015

Shigeru Mizuki's a comics legend in Japan, but relatively unknown in the United States. Thankfully, the recent publication of his four-volume comics history of the Showa era stands to introduce a whole new audience to his work. Covering the entirety of the Showa era (including World War II) Mizuki creates both a compelling popular history as well as a memoir of his own experiences as a dreamer, a (reluctant) solider, and an artist. In the process he illustrates how a country can (through pop culture, societal pressures and a refusal to change) buy so swiftly into militarism that by the time the citizens have realized what they've embraced, it's already too late.

Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan (Showa: A History of Japan #1) Cover Image
By Shigeru Mizuki, Zack Davisson (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781770461352
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 12th, 2013

Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan (Showa: A History of Japan #2) Cover Image
By Shigeru Mizuki, Zack Davisson (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781770461512
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - June 3rd, 2014

Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan (Showa: A History of Japan #3) Cover Image
By Shigeru Mizuki, Zack Davisson (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781770461628
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 11th, 2014

Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan (Showa: A History of Japan #3) Cover Image
By Shigeru Mizuki, Zack Davisson (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770462014
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 29th, 2015

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