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The OFFICIAL OVERSTREET
COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE
31st Edition
by Robert M. Overstreet
Paperback: 960 pages
31st edition
May 1, 2001
Crown Publishing
ISBN: 0609808206
$22.00
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The Bible of the comic book industry for thirty-one years--and the essential tool for collectors and investors!

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This guide offers the most complete record of existing comic books and graphic novels from the 1800s to the present--indexed, illustrated, and priced according to condition--and brings you more information than ever before, including 
  • up-to-the-minute market reports
  • special exclusive features on
    • The Fantastic Four's fortieth anniversary;
    • Wonder Woman's sixtieth anniversary;
    • legendary Silver Age artist Murphy Anderson (Hawkman);
    • today's hottest comic creator, Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man)
  • original collectible cover art by John K. Snyder III (Dr. Mid-Nite)
  • up-to-date directory of comic book fan websites
  • tips about grading and caring for your comics
  • more than 1,500 black-and-white photographs and 33 color pages
  • The Overstreet Hall of Fame


About the Author
Robert M. Overstreet has been collecting arrowheads since his childhood. He lives with his wife, Carol, outside of Baltimore, Maryland.
TRINA ROBBINS
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The GREAT WOMEN SUPER HEROES
by Trina Robbins
Paperback: 224 pages
Kitchen Sink Press
ISBN: 0878164812
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Most would be hard-pressed to name one female superhero besides Wonder Woman. Robbins shows that there have been hundreds. When psychologist William Marston (inventor of the lie detector, by the way) created WW in 1941, her success opened the floodgates for such exotically named but generally undistinguished imitations as Liberty Girl and Madame Strange.
The '70s saw a rash of "women's lib" -influenced characters sporting what Robbins terms a "slightly addled feminism." The backlash came with "bad girl" comics starring buxom, scantily clad heroines appealing to an adolescent fanboy's worst instincts. The '90s offer such alternatives for girl comics readers as the punkster Tank Girl and spunky young Action Girl. Although some sense of absurdity might have been appropriate to the task, Robbins is generally straightforward in describing frequently silly characters. While she always brings a distinctly feminist sensibility to the subject matter, she is never strident, even about the most egregiously intelligence-insulting conceptions, such as the Black Canary, who fights crime in high heels and fishnets.
Gordon Flagg
WILLIAM W. SAVAGE, Jr.
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COMMIES, COWBOYS,
  & JUNGLE QUEENS
COMIC BOOKS & AMERICA, 1945-1954
by William W. Savage, Jr.
Paperback: 164 pages
University Press of New England
ISBN: 0819563382
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Ingram
In the confusing decade following World War II, comic books were all the rage. They treated such issues as the atomic and hydrogen bombs, communism, and the Korean War, and they offered heroes and heroines to deal with these problems. Using five representative cartoon stories, historian William Savage looks at the immense popularity of comic books and their impact on the American public.
The Washington Post Book World, Dennis Drabelle
In Commies, Cowboys, and Jungle Queens, William Savage ... argues that, in the decade between the end of World War II and the comic book industry's adoption of a prissy code at the height of the McCarthy era, the comics presented a distorted but recognizable image of American mores. As a thesis, this may be a non-startler, but Savage fleshes it out in interesting detail and accessible prose, embellished with well-chosen (if dingy and cramped) reproductions of period strips.
ANDY SMITH
DRAWING DYNAMIC COMICS
by Andy Smith
Paperback: 144 pages
Watson-Guptill Pubns
ISBN: 0823003124
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A fresh, up-to-date approach to creating comics shows artists of all ages and talent levels how to build basic figures into stylized characters, set them in action, and add the backgrounds needed to complete the visual storytelling process.
Chapters include instruction on basic shapes and perspective; human anatomy, figure drawing, and stylizing the basic figure; the head and comic facial expressions; and backgrounds and inking techniques. Terrific tips of the trade are provided by prominent young professionals in the comic book industry who share their insiders' overviews of the business, giving aspiring cartoonists a decided edge in becoming savvy newcomers as they prepare to enter a very competitive field.

About the Author
Andy Smith, whose own comic books are published by Image Comics, has worked as a penciler, inker, and art director for several top companies, including Marvel, DC, and Acclaim Comics. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

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