Monthly Archives: July 2019

The latest American Comic Book Chronicles volume examines comics of 1940-44, and ships today!

Now shipping is the latest volume in TwoMorrows Publishing’s groundbreaking series of full-color hardcovers, where top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today.

American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944 examines the World War II Golden Age of comic books, a period that presented the earliest adventures of such iconic super-heroes as Batman, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Author Kurt Mitchell and collaborator Roy Thomas composed this volume about the era when America’s entry into World War II was presaged by the arrival of such patriotic do-gooders as Will Eisner’s Uncle Sam, Harry Shorten and Irv Novick’s The Shield, and Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America. It was when teenage culture found expression in a fumbling red-haired high school student named Archie Andrews. But most of all, the first five years of the 1940s was the age of the “packagers” when studios headed by men like Harry A Chesler, Will Eisner, and Jerry Iger churned out material for a plethora of new comic book companies that published the entire gamut of genres, from funny animal stories to crime tales to jungle sagas to science-fiction adventures.

We’re currently running a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund new printings of the sold-out 1950s and 1980s volumes ( It was fully funded in less than 12 hours, guaranteeing the entire series of comics history books will stay in print as we ready the final volume on 1945-49 for release in Spring 2020.

American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944
(288-page full-color Hardcover) $45.95
(Digital Edition) $15.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-089-2
Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: FEB192024

A free preview of the book is available HERE!

Help fund an ACBC: 1950s new edition, and get the full set for $250 on Kickstarter!

The new edition of American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s was fully funded on Kickstarter in less than 12 hours! But you can still reserve a copy with a pledge (and get great discounts on other volumes).

Now let’s fund a reprint of the 1950s volume, which will be sold out before the campaign ends! Like with the 1980s book, you can also add other volumes to your initial pledge at a great discount!

And by popular demand, you can get the full 8-volume set (1940s-1990s) for only $250! This includes the new 1940-44 volume that ships this month, and next year’s 1945-49 edition!

Back our Kickstarter HERE!

TwoMorrows Publishing Schedule for Comic-Con 2019, Booth #1301!

Stop by TwoMorrows Booth #1301 (right inside the Hall B doors) for all signings and:

• $3 B&W magazines
• $5 and $10 books (including hardcovers)
• At least 30% off most items

Comic-Con Debuts (limited copies available; get there early!):

Back Issue #114 and #115
Jack Kirby Collector #77
American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-44 hardcover
Comic Book Creator #20
Kirby & Lee: Stuf’ Said! (Expanded Second Edition)
Alter Ego #159 and #160 (special Steve Ditko issue)

Signings and Panels:
Publisher John Morrow will be on-hand every day to celebrate his company’s 25th Anniversary!


10:00am signing:
• Keith Dallas (Comic Book Implosion, American Comic Book Chronicles, Flash Companion)

2:00pm signing:
• Dewey Cassell (Mike Grell: Life is Drawing Without an Eraser, Herb Trimpe & Marie Severin bios)
• Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Creator magazine, Swampmen, MLJ Companion)


10:00am signing: Keith Dallas and Dewey Cassell

11:00am, Room 29AB: The World of TwoMorrows 25th Anniversary Panel
TwoMorrows Publishing is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with an unforgettable look back at the company’s beginnings, and the crazy things that’ve happened during a quarter-century quest to create the future of comics history! Join Comic-Con Special Guest Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Artist/Comic Book Creator magazine editor), P.C. Hamerlinck (Alter Ego/FCA editor), Keith Dallas (editor of the American Comic Book Chronicles series, and co-author of the Eisner Award-nominated book Comic Book Implosion), Mike Manley (Draw! magazine editor), and Dewey Cassell (author of the Eisner Award-nominated book Mike Grell: Life Is Drawing Without An Eraser), and find out what TwoMorrows has in store for 2020 and beyond! It’s moderated by publisher (and Jack Kirby Collector editor) John Morrow.

2:00pm signing: Jon B. Cooke

8:00pm: The Eisner Awards in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront
TwoMorrows has THREE nominations this year, so come by and cheer us on!

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism:
• Back Issue magazine, edited by Michael Eury

Best Comics-Related Book:
• Comic Book Implosion by Keith Dallas and John Wells
• Mike Grell: Life Is Drawing Without An Eraser by Dewey Cassell with Jeff Messer


4:00pm, Room 9: 80th Anniversary of Archie Comics Superheroes panel
Learn the 80-year history of the superheroes of the Archie Universe from the people who brought you The MLJ Companion: Rik Offenberger and Paul Castiglia (Archie Comics), and Jon B. Cooke and John Morrow (TwoMorrows Publishing), as well as writer and movie producer Michael Uslan (Batman), and Golden Age comic experts J.C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing). Immediately after the panel, join us for a…

5:30pm signing: Paul Castiglia/Rik Offenberger/Jon B. Cooke (The MLJ Companion)
Get a signed copy of The MLJ Companion!


10:00, Room 5AB: The Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
TwoMorrows publisher John Morrow requests your presence at this annual panel honoring “The King of Comics,” Jack Kirby—the creator whose work is the reason TwoMorrows began publishing 25 years ago. Panelists this year are Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Marvels), Buzz Dixon (Thundarr the Barbarian, Destroyer Duck), Mike Royer (Kirby’s favorite inker), attorney Paul S. Levine, and it’s moderated by former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier.

IN PREVIEWS NOW: World of TwoMorrows 25th Anniversary book, Alter Ego #161, CBC #21, & more!

Check out what TwoMorrows Publishing has listed in Diamond’s latest Previews catalog!
To see FULL listings, CLICK HERE!

JUL192270 ALTER EGO #161 NEW!
JUL192275 WORLD OF TWOMORROWS (Softcover) –  NEW! (Hardcover ONLY available from TwoMorrows)
JUL192271 BACK ISSUE #109
JUL192276 AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES: 1965-1969 (Hardcover)
JUL192277 HERO A GO-GO (Softcover)