The Wonder Years

A wonderful trade paperback book on the early history of the Fantastic Four has lit up my holiday period. It might be the perfect holiday gift for a baby boomer...

Has anyone seen the 58th issue of the incredible Jack Kirby Collector from TwoMorrows publications?

I want to call your attention to it for a number of reasons.

Not only is it priced at $19.95  for this trade paperback massive issue, but it's on sale. The Wonder Years (TJKC #58)  (Now on sale for $16.95 direct from TwoMorrows Publishing!)

It is a labor or love that looks not at the storyline and plot of the first 102 issues of the Fantastic Four, but at the collaboration between Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as they create the FF mythos...the highs, the lows, the dropped plot threads, The good inkers, the bad inkers, and the six annuals as well.

If you're just looking for a record of the first 102 issues, then the Grand Comic Book Database will suffice.

But this is an insightful look at the climate, the developments, the rumors, myths and legends behind those first ten years that comprise the birth of the Marvel Age of Comics.  Plus, there's a running commentary, "At A Glance", of each of the issues in the order they came out. It's WONDERFUL!

And, sadly, the author of this mamoth labor of love, Mark Alexander DIED after mailing the manuscript to TwoMorrows.

He was a kid just a year older than I am, and caught the bug of the FF just a little ahead of me, but his passion, insight and opinions perfectly mirror my own.  I kept finding myself say "Uh huh, that's right" and nodding my head at each new revelation and discussion.

I strongly recommend that you consider purchasing this one volume to keep on your shelf.  The Wonder Years (TJKC #58) 

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