Writer, attorney, and college instructor William B. Jones, Jr., lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.
this second edition adds some 100 pages of in-depth details, new
interviews, and the latest adventures of the series...an especially
salient piece of comics culture...chronicles a growing respect for
the medium...of interest to comics fans, culture watchers,
educators, and high schoolers"" - Library Journal
""highly recommended major revised edition...illuminating...more thorough and more heavily illustrated, than the original...a book to enjoy and appreciate again and again. Our Highest Recommendation"" - Bud Plant, Bud's Art Books
""the appearance (or rather, reappearance, as a second edition) of this volume is an occasion for celebration across the world of comic art scholarship. There are no more than a dozen scholarly works (my favorites include Masters of American Comics, Will Elder: The Mad Playboy of Art, Underground Classics, Jews and American Comics and perhaps, although I am prejudiced, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman) in the field, nearly all of them quite recent. None is as exhaustive for any genre as this. Every reader interested in comic art, will find this volume illuminating. Close readers will find it different, more thorough and more heavily illustrated, than the original. It's a book to enjoy and appreciate again and again."" - Paul Buhle (Jews and American Comics, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman) Swans Commentary
""a comprehensive review of the art and careers of the creators...well researched, documented, and analyzed...important...interesting...highly recommended"" - ARBA
""information is endless...this book encompasses all...an excellent addition to any library...entertaining...in-depth information"" - Public Library Quarterly
""a massive research project...source material is rigorously identified"" - Comics Buyer's Guide
""fabulous...wonderful. A wealth of information is presented, bolstered by interviews with people, especially artists, who worked on the comics. The book's layout is breathtaking...lavish. The repros of panels and covers are of exceptional quality, clear and crisp...excellent introduction...an extremely well researched, entertaining volume"" - Classic Images
""Mr. Jones' study represents the best memory book in a long time. Anyone who remembers horse drawn milk trucks, mail deliveries twice a day, faded red enema bags, pin boys at bowling alleys, the St. Louis Browns, and the `cat's meow' will love this book. It is a work of outstanding achievement"" - Film & History
""splendidly readable account...detailed"" - Filmfax
""influence is immeasurable...wonderfully illustrated"" - Hitch
""for millions of American baby boomers, monthly issues of Classics Illustrated were a colorful, exciting gateway to the classics of Western literature"" - The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
""remarkably well researched...meticulously detail...a beautiful volume...painstakingly, almost lovingly, defines the series' unique place in comic book and cultural history"" - Neighbor News
""entertaining, informative"" - Active Years
""a labour of love...an important work...a reminder of the legacy of Albert Kanter"" - Weekender, Leader-Post
""meticulously indexed...copiously illustrated"" - Reference & Research Book News
""generously illustrated"" - Knowledge Quest.
"To call this a book is to do it a disservice: it is, simply put, an encyclopaedia of the history of the publishing of Classics Illustrated and those who produced it. A great achievement by the author, and kudos to McFarland for the beautiful presentation of the book, complete with many fabulous colour and monochrome illustrations.
A thing of beauty and joy forever." - Hellbound