Comic Book History Of Comics #2 – Review

There have been numerous comics and books that have come across my virtual desk in the past couple of months. Some have really impressed me, but time has just gotten away from me and any review wouldn’t be timely at this point. I need to get back in the habit of reviewing things other than old comics, just to prove that I’m not stuck in my own limited collection. 

Comic Book History of Comics #2 (of 6)

writer: Fred Van Lente
artist: Ryan Dunlavey
Publisher: IDW

32 pages • $3.99

The inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of comics, graphic novels, and manga continues in four-color glory! This issue, the award-winning Action Philosophers team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey thrill and educate us with stories of classic comic book action, adventure, fun, funnies… and the KIRBY STYLE!
• Featuring variant covers with all-new historically inspired comic strips by Van Lente and Dunlavey!


The history of the comic book industry needs to be known, especially the early days. The worst part about a comprehensive history is that details get glossed over. These details are what make for the great stories in the early days of comics. Major Malcome Wheeler Nicholson is described as aone of those characters that really could provide a good richness to this early period, but gets only a few panels. Siegel & Shuster’s creation of Superman deserves more time, as does the creation of Namor and the Human Torch. The Simon & Kirby story is given the bulk of the room here, and it is one that needs to be told, but their personalities are caricatures of real people. The artwork is simplified but capable of adapting itself where needed, such as the origins of the Kirby style.

This book and this series has appeal, but I fear that it is really better suited to younger and/or newer fans than fans who already have a basic knowledge of the origins of comics.

That all being said, here’s some preview pages.