Michael Eury Explores the Camp History of Comics


I don’t know why I didn’t know about this until now, but friend of the blog Michael Eury has a book coming out in April that explores the camp comics of fifty years ago. Hero-A-Go-Go: Campy Comic Books, Crimefighters, & Culture of the Swinging Sixties pretty much lays out its premise in its lengthy title. The book

… celebrates the camp craze of the Swinging Sixties, when just about everyone –the teens of Riverdale, an ant and a squirrel, even the President of the United States — was a super-hero or a secret agent. [A] lively collection of nostalgic essays, histories, and theme song lyrics of classic 1960s characters like Captain Action, Herbie the Fat Fury, Captain Nice, Atom Ant, Scooter, ACG’s Nemesis, Dell’s super-Frankenstein and Dracula, the “split!” Captain Marvel, and others!


The TwoMorrows website has a lengthy preview available, which includes the table of contents, so you can check if a favorite topic is included. I saw “Dial H for Hero” and the Monkees, so I’m sold!

The comic shop order code is JAN17 2100, the list price is $36.95 (although the publisher’s website has it at 15% off through the link above), and it’s supposed to start shipping April 19.

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