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Vance, Michael: Forbidden Adventures. The History of the American Comics Group. (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture, 53.) Westport: Greenwood, 1996. (161 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0-313-29678-2
BibTeX citation key: Vance1996
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Categories: General
Keywords: American Comics Group, Historischer Überblick, USA, Verlagswesen
Creators: Vance
Publisher: Greenwood (Westport)
A comprehensive history of a small, but important, comic book publisher, this work reflects the reading tastes of tens of millions of Americans during the Golden and Silver ages of comics (1934–1970). The earlier Sangor “Shop” reinvented itself as the American Comics Group and by 1967 had published over one thousand issues. ACG was a microcosm of the larger industry, publishing magazines in every major comic book genre. Best known titles include “Herbie” and “Forbidden Worlds”. It was ACG’s “Adventures into the Unknown” that sparked a new genre—horror—which led to the Comics Code Authority, and industry-wide “self” censorship.

Table of Contents

Preface (ix)
Acknowledgements (xiii)

1. Happy Birthday to Hughes (1)
2. B. W. Sangor (7)
3. Laughing Matter (13)
4. The Last Laugh (27)
5. Richard Hughes (41)
6. An Editor by Many Other Names (53)
7. A Man of Letters (61)
8. Nothing Adventured, Nothing Gained (69)
9. Kiss & Sell: The Romantic Titles (81)
10. True Vision: What You See Is Not What You Get (87)
11. Hughes Loses, William Gaines: The Horror Titles (93)
12. The Code of Dishonor (101)
13. Worth a Thousand Words (113)
14. The Rest of the Glory: Conclusion (121)

Appendix 1: Sangor Shop and American Comics Group Personnel (129)
Appendix 2: ACG Chronology and Important Related Titles and Events (139)
Appendix 3: American Comics Group Titles, with Available Circulation Figures (149)

Selected and Annotated Bibliography (155)
Index (157)

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