The Blue Beetle Companion: His Many Lives from 1939 to Today

 BBCT   (TwoMorrows, 2007)

Characters ™ and © 2007 DC, Marvel, Hasbro, and respective copyright owners

He may not be as recognizable as some other Golden Age heroes, but in comic books, newspapers, and even radio shows dating back to 1939, the Blue Beetle lived, breathed, and leapt memorably off the page. This oversized collection is a meticulous recounting of his escapades, which in the early days included cracking wise while dropping villains with a good right cross, and later included homages and even revivals in comics as recognizable as Watchmen and as recent as 21st century classics like Infinite Crisis.

This book is more than just a loving tribute to the Blue Beetle, however; it’s also a compelling look at the history of comic books and their creators, from the Golden Age to the Silver and the present. Creator Alan Weiss, TwoMorrows’ editor Jon B. Cooke, and others whose careers have crossed paths with the character share their experiences in accompanying text.

— Andy Richardson

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Reprints Mystery Men Comics #1; Reprints Blue Beetle comic strip: Jan. 8; 1st appearance of Blue Beetle; 1st appearance of Dan Garret; 20; Introduction by Tom De Haven; Over-sized Trade paperback; 128 pages; Includes radio show script from May 15; 1940 episode; Golden Age appearances checklist; Silver Age checklist; B&WChris IrvingCharles Nicholas, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Mike Zeck