Years in the making, Drew Friedman's epic mash note to the bygone greats of comics has at last arrived, and what a treat it is. Talent, not fame, is the key to entry here, so we have titans of the industry such as Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Steve Ditko and Stan Lee rubbing shoulders with collector favorites like Ogden Whitney, Boody Rogers, Dick Briefer and Ramona Fradon – and many more inbetween. Also included are industy figures such as Max Gaines and Harry Chesler, and with a nod to history, the book closes with Frederic Wertham! Over 80 portraits in all – and what portraits they are! A heartfelt homage to one man's own personal pantheon, Heroes of the Comics is filled with a series of two page spreads offering a lovingly detailed drawn portrait (warts and all, naturellement!) on the one page, and an equally reverential (barbs and all) on the facing page; together combining to provide the reader with a bevy of comics titans that is sure to largely overlap with any American comic reader's within the vicinity of Friedman's demographic, but – crucially to this book's value and appeal – there are also sure to be plenty of surprises, as Friedman is not just any old comics book fan, no! – he is a borderline obsessive and his knowledge of these comickers of days gone by is greater that yours or mine and he shares it with us all here in these page. So, sit back in your easy chair, click on your reading light and have your internet connected device ready to look up all the heretofore unknown to you comics creators whose work you will be able to look forward to discovering after having made your way through this book. Needless to say (but, of course, we''ll say it anyway; you knew we would) this would make a swell gift for the die hard old school comics fan on your list. Dig in now with this 21-page PDF preview that includes Drew's introduction as well as the table of contents, where you'll see unfamiliar names mingling together with the known greats. Enjoy!