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Fighting American


Authors: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Artists: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99, US $19.95, Cdn $22.95
ISBN: 978 0 85768 115 7
Available 27 May 2011

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby - the legendary creative team behind Captain America - were responsible for the wildest and most imaginative superheroes of comics' Golden Age. In 1954 they created Fighting American, who alongside his trusted sidekick Speedboy, was always there to do battle with the crazed Commies and deranged deadbeats that dared threaten the American Way...

Fighting American is an interesting look back at a forgotten comic book hero from legendary creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

This collection features the early adventures of the quirky star-spangled character that was first launched in 1954. It includes the only eight issues that this duo were instrumental in bringing to the market, as well as some unpublished work.

As you'd expect of a comic book series from the '50s, this is predominately aimed at children. And also, not surprisingly, this collection has aged quite badly. Those brought up on today's comics may find these old tales rather poor - however, for fans of the Golden Age of comics, this is essential reading.


Nick Smithson

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