Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Steranko History Ad-1970

One of the definitive Captain America artists, it's fitting Steranko's version was chosen to advertise volume one of his seminal HISTORY OF THE COMICS. By the time this ad appeared, I had already found a copy at Kidd's Bookstore in downtown Cincinnati and devoured its information--all-new in those pre-'Net days--many times! With all the scholarship on comics history in the last couple of decades, I'm still not sure this book has been surpassed as a one-stop for the most important historical info on the subject. And then, of course, volume two continued that trend a couple years later!


  1. Anonymous4:31 PM

    Man, those Steranko History Of The Comics books were just INCREDIBLE. I remember staring deeply into the tiny 1" X 1 1/2" black-and-white pics of the pulp mags reproduced therein, wishing that they were bigger and in the glorious garish color that Steranko described. Shoot, I never even SAW a real pulp magazine until some 15 years later (!).

    AND ONLY $1.98!

    I'm still waiting for Volume 3 (and was there maybe more planned to come?)...it probably won't be under 2 bucks, either! *sigh*

  2. I have Vol. 1 and 2, but they are definitely called "History of Comics" -- not "History of the Comics".

    Yes, they were exceptional then, and still are today, Internet and all.

  3. Anonymous11:22 PM

    I too was waiting patiently for Volume 3 in this series when I realized...Steranko covered just
    about EVERYTHING in the first two!
    ALL the major companies, characters, writers and artists...
    a volume 3 would be second tier at
    best...and Steranko doesn't do second tier! SO THERE!

    Sam (Steranko fan) Kujava