Sunday, July 3, 2022

Rob Salkowitz:

The Golden Bookshelf

About the Writer

As a child of the seventies, my first inkling that comics had a history and a beginning was in the pages of The Great Comic-Book Heroes, by Jules Feiffer. For the first time, stories from the 1930s and 1940s were collected between hard-covers and printed on heavy white paper. I even got my copy at the library, where they kept the Real Books! From that great collection, and Feiffer’s rapturous introductory essay, not only was a lifelong love of Golden Age comics born, but also a delight in reading comics as actual books that you could put on the shelf, rather than flimsy pamphlets that you bagged, boarded and tucked away in a box.

Fortunately, since the early 1970s, the much-loved stories and art from the Golden Age have been available to new generations of readers in affordable reprint editions, ranging from some of the early self-published efforts of fans and scholars to the deluxe, full-color DC Archive Editions. These books allow readers to experience the innocence, energy, and history of the Golden Age without risking damage to fragile (and valuable!) originals. They also often provide editorial insights along with superior color and paper quality. Some of the collections have even themselves become collectable! The Golden Bookshelf is ComicBase’s guide to the world of hardcover and TPB reprint editions, from the latest and greatest to the obscure, hard-to-find treasures from decades past.

Rob Salkowitz is a Seattle-based writer and authority on all manner of aging newsprint. You can e-mail esoteric Golden Age inquiries to Rob at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

The Golden Bookshelf Archive

12/15/06 The Golden Age Spectre Archives

12/05/06 The Will Eisner Sketchbook

10/27/06 The Essential Tomb of Dracula

10/17/06 Harvey Kurtzman’s Strange Adventures

10/10/06 The Incredible Hulk (Fireside)

9/25/06 Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix

9/15/06 The Greatest Golden Age Stories Ever Told

9/22/06 Giant Size Marvel

9/1/06 De:Tales

8/14/06 The Best Comics of the Decade

6/22/06 A Treasury of Victorian Murder: The Fatal Bullet

6/12/06 Adventures of Red Sonja

5/31/06 Showcase Presents: The House of Mystery

5/23/06 Fogel’s Underground Comix Price Guide

5/16/06 The Private Files of the Shadow

5/09/06 The Reaper of Love and Other Stories

5/02/06 The Hawkman Archives

4/24/06 The Complete Wraith

3/16/06 Black Hole

3/08/06 Monster Masterworks

2/16/06 Comic Effect

1/26/06 Marvel’s Greatest Superhero Battles

1/17/06 The Complete Alex Toth Zorro

1/10/06 Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups

1/03/2006 The Magnificent Superheroes of Comics Golden Age

2005 Archive