Monday, March 10, 2014

The International Book of Comics (Denis Gifford, 1984)


Back in the 1980's my mom picked up this little title (though a rather giant book for an 9-10 year old to have) from some book shop she went to (or maybe it was a garage sale, I dunno).  All I know was that it was about comics but not what I had thought of at all as the comics I would get at the local drug store a few blocks from home.  This was a rather interesting book chronicle up to that point in time, comics of all sorts, genres and periods, though mostly UK-centric given it's author but also does quite a good job on the North American side too.  Not so much for those of other countries though they do try to get in a blurb or two.  Japan apparently gets lumped into a section on horror and a copy of the initial US release of "Barefoot Gen" is seen in the opening pages (not a whole log on manga at all but to alleviate that, I'd recommend Frederik Schodt's "Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics").

The following are some random pages from the book, which was published both in the UK and US...























2 comments:

Kid said...

I got my copy of this book back around 1984 too, Chris, and it's certainly an interesting read. In fact, now that you've reminded me of it, I must dig it out and take another look at it.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

I'm sure it's worth it. I only thought about it after having been to a record show at a Catholic church community hall. I blogged some photos of it over at Tumblr.
http://sobieniak.tumblr.com/post/79091829463/i-went-to-record-show-today-heres-some-shots
http://sobieniak.tumblr.com/post/79092353623/heres-part-two-of-the-record-show-ive-been-too
http://sobieniak.tumblr.com/post/79092835418/part-three-of-record-show-browsing
http://sobieniak.tumblr.com/post/79094017852/part-four-of-record-show-bit
http://sobieniak.tumblr.com/post/79095042697/the-last-bit-from-the-record-show-in-the-end-i