“1000 Comic Books You Must Read,”

Krause Publications; $29.99
The original Superman comics from the late 1930s kick off the collection, a nice tribute to the man of steel, without whom the format of comics would be vastly different, if it existed at all. From there, we move on to the 1940s, where the Golden Age of superheroes really began. All the classics are here: Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, Captain America, Archie, plus the wild military and adventure comics of the day (and even wacky things like Daredevil Battles Hitler).
Familiar titles such as “Action Comics” and “The Avengers” sit side by side with more outré editions, such as “Hansi, the Girl Who Loved the Swastika,” “Mendy and the Golem” and “Teen-age Temptations.”

Yes, there is Fin Fang Foom, Konga, Menace, the Fantastic Four, Uncle Scrooge (who has a barroom brawl described as “Jack Kirby with Ducks!”)

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