Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group

Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group

Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group

Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

Forbidden Adventures: The History of The American Comics Groups is the first and most comprehensive history of one comic book publisher ever written, reflecting the reading habits of millions of adults, teenagers, and children during the seminal Golden and Silver Ages of Comics (1938-1970). This book answers several long-standing questions among historians about the relationship between ACG and the largest publisher of comic books at this time, DC/National. Forbidden Adventures also dispels some long-lived myths about EC Comics and their (in)famous horror titles, while shedding light on the early history of the most popular art form in the world.

As an independent agent, the Sangor Shop began producing comic book material for publishers in 1941 and had grown into The American Comics Group by 1946. Never the largest publisher, ACG was nevertheless a microcosm of the entire industry, publishing titles in every major comics genre, including funny animals, horror, adventure, Western, romance, humor, and superhero. At their peak, many titles sold 500,000 copies an issue. ACG's comic books used as premiums or sales tools reached 10,000,000 copies an issue, and more than 1,000 comic books and 27 titles were published.

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