To be honest, the various incarnations of the Blue Beetle aren't original enough to merit such treatment, but the title and cover don't actually indicate the real heart of the subject matter. The history of the Blue Beetle is also the history of Fox Publications and Charlton Publishing, and Irving's explanations of what made those operations tick stand out as the most interesting material in the book. Those two defunct publishers had the potential to be powerhouses in the industry but for various factors, it never came to pass. Anyone with an interest in comics history should enjoy this volume. I certainly found it to be enlightening, and Irving thankfully avoids the dry writing that can sometimes plague history writers. Read Full Review
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