Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group

Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group

by Michael Vance


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313296789
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/1996
Series: Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture Series , #53
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)

About the Author

MICHAEL VANCE has written children's fantasy fiction for over 20 years. Published in dozens of national magazines, his articles have appeared in Starlog, Jack and Jill, and The Comics Buyer's Guide as well as in over 500 newspapers. He is also an editor and writer at The Oklahoma Eagle newspaper, Tulsa.

Table of Contents


Happy Birthday to Richard Hughes

B. W. Sangor

Laughing Matter

The Last Laugh

Richard Hughes

An Editor by Many Other Names

Man of Letters

Nothing Adventured, Nothing Gained

Kiss & Sell: The Romantic Titles

True Vision: What You See Is Not What You Get

Hughes Loses, William Gaines: The Horror Titles

The Code of Dishonor

Worth a Thousand Words

The Rest of the Glory: Conclusion

Appendix 1: Sangor Shop Personnel

Appendix 2: American Comics Group Chronology

Appendix 3: American Comics Group Titles

Selected Annotated Bibliography


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