Golden Age Western Comics

By Steven Brower (Editor); Christopher Irving (Introduction by)
(powerHouse Books, Hardcover, 9781576875940, 144pp.)

Publication Date: May 8, 2012

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Description

The Wild West has been romanticized in American culture ever since the dime novels capturing the exploits of Jesse James were produced in the years directly following the Civil War, and the Western genre continues to enthrall audiences to this day. The stories of frontiersmen, outlaws, cowboys, Indians, prospectors, and marksmen surviving the harshest of environments through wit, skill, and determination, or meeting their end by bullet, noose, or exposure speak to what it means to be American and play an essential part in how we define ourselves as a nation. These mythic stories have been captured and created in almost every popular mass medium of the past century and beyond from tabloids to novels, radio plays, television shows, and movies.

Now, powerHouse Books is pleased to present a collection of these uniquely American stories as told through a uniquely American medium…the comic book! Golden Age Western Comics lovingly reproduces in full-color, restored, complete scans of 20 of the best Western stories—plus a few pin-ups—created between the years 1948 and 1956. These lavishly illustrated stories of guts and glory, violence and valor, intrigue, romance, and betrayal, on the range and in lawless frontier towns, were created by some of the best artists and writers of the era. The action flies off the page in stories such as “The Tragedy at Massacre Pass,” and “Breakout in rondo Prison,” from the greatest earliest publishing houses, including: Fawcett, Charlton, Avon, Youthful, and more.Golden Age Western Comics is a collection unlike any other and is sure to delight fans of rootin-tootin, gun-toting, adventure of all ages!

Featuring Western Legends of Life, Literature, and Filmdom such as:
• Wild Bill Hickok
• Jesse James
• Annie Oakley
• Davy Crockett
• Daniel “Dan’l” Boone
• Tex Ritter
• Lash Larue
• Gabby Hayes
• Tom Mix
And Many More!




About the Author

Steven Brower is an award winning graphic designer and writer. During his tenure as creative director, Print magazine garnered two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. He has been an art director at The New York Times and The Nation, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute. He has designed and co-authored many books including Woody Guthrie Artworks (Rizzoli, 2005), Satchmo: The Wonderful Art and World of Louis Armstrong (Abrams, 2009), and, most recently, From Shadow to Light: The Life and Art of Mort Meskin (Fantagraphics, 2010), and Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants: The Art of the Paperback (Universe, 2010). He is on the faculty of Marywood University, Monmouth University, and SVA.

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