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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hey Kids, Comics

Hey Kids, Comics (Comic Book Memories)
By Rob Kelly
Crazy 8 Press
ISBN #978-1939888006
Price $15.10
356 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Memories of Discovery”

The author gathers 38 comic book collectors to recall their first discovery of comic books, and how it impacted their lives. Each story brings personal memories of a time in their young lives when comic books meant the world to them. Some perhaps escaping chaos, others finding adventure. All are tales that grab at the readers heart, and takes them back to their own days when comic books were important to them.

The front cover features one picture of a young lad reading a Golden Age Shadow Comics from the 1940s, although this is not a story included in the volume. Most writers in the book were introduced to comic books in the 1970s and ‘80s, and Marvel was usually their preference, although a few did favor DC. One writer was born in 1955, and discovered comic books in 1960 Silver Age. All knew of the Golden Age, and the damage of the Comic Code in the 1950s, but sadly we don’t hear from anyone who may have discovered the Golden Age as early as the 1940s. I was seven in 1947 when we moved from a farm and ranch community to the big city where I discovered comic books. Long before Marvel and Stan Lee broke the mold with heroes who had problems. My interest was not as strong as these writers, as I drifted away from them early, finding much more to entertain me than just a comic book. Still, I could understand their awe of discovering that certain four-color art form at a young age, and being a life-long fan.  Anyone who ever read a comic book, and remembers that first gem that came into his/her hands, will enjoy this book as it takes a look at when we were all young, vulnerable, and needed heroes.

Tom Johnson
Echoes Magazine

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