TwoMorrows Publishing; $36.95
The camp age of the 1960s is deeply explored and well laid out in Hero-A-Go-Go: Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, and Culture of the Swinging Sixties. Written by Michael Eury (Back Issue magazine, former DC editor), the book dives deep in the ’60s with historical articles, essays, and interviews with some of the talented folks who brought pop culture to life, such as Joe Sinnott (The Beatles comic book), Ramona Fradon (Metamorpho), and Bob Holiday (Broadway Superman).
Dedicated to Adam West, “the best Batman. Ever,” the book is clearly a love letter to the decade. It’s a scrapbook trip down memory lane for people who grew up with LBJ as a superhero, playing with Captain Action, and loving those kids from Riverdale.
With chapter titles like “Camptown Revivals” and “Camp Runamuck” it’s obvious this is going to be a fun read. But it isn’t all jokes and nostalgia. The book is filled with detailed articles about characters, cartoons, shows, comics, music, superheroes, and all manner of yucksters unfolding over 272 pages.
The full color trade paperback can be purchased through Diamond Comic Distributors using code JAN172100 and learn more about the book on twomorrows.com.
If you were a kid in the ’60s or just someone who appreciates the pop culture of the time – hey, I was born in the ’80s and I also dig Adam West as Batman – then this book is for you.