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This the Marvel Masterworks reprinting of the classic Simon and Kirby comic book series, "Fighting American." Created in the early 50's, Jack and Joe started off doing an All-American hero, much like their Captain America creation, who concentrated on fighting communists, while his alter ego, a radio talk show host, battled the threat of communist propaganda. Jack and Joe liked doing characters who, rather than being superpowered, were extraordinary physical specimens who were able fighting men, and Fighting American is in this mold. He also picks up a teen-aged sidekick, another Simon & Kirby trademark.The McCarthy era came crashing to an end, though, when the Senator was revealed to be on a witch hunt. Simon and Kirby adjusted, and struck a humorous tone in the second issue of the series. Fighting American was still battling commies, but with funny ironic names like Rhode Island Red. Simon & Kirby turned the series into a parody of the very superhero comic book...
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The reviews below are for the 1990s edition of FIGHTING AMERICAN. The Marvel edition pulled some of its stories from the 1960s Comics Code-approved reprints, while the Titan FIGHTING AMERICAN takes the material from the 1950s pre-Code versions. What's more, the new book is complete! It has stories that didn't appear in the Marvel version--in fact, some of the material has never seen print until now, having been pulled from original artwork in Joe Simon's archive! Harry Mendryk has lovingly restored the stories with vivid colors and his legendary attention to detail. This is Joe Simon and Jack Kirby at their finest.
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By the mid-1950's, the American superhero comic book had been reduced to a few 'old' staples (Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman), with the rest of the Golden Age flood cancelled because of low sales. Comics were growing up, with war, horror, romance and crime comics dominating the marketplace, along with the first issues of a little comic book called Mad.But the industry-self-imposed censorship of the Comics Code Authority, implemented in response to government hearings in both the U.S. and Canada about the contributions of violent comic books to juvenile delinquency, would bring superheroes back as a wholesome substitute for the now-banned excesses and adult situations of crime, horror and war comics. American comic books would descend into a long stretch of second, superhero-dominated childhood, one they've really only been recovering from since the 1970's.Into the superhero fray would come Fighting American, created by the great Joe Simon and Jack Kirby...