Review: Gentleman Jim Mooney

Gentleman Jim Mooney
Gentleman Jim Mooney by Daniel Best
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Please note that the rating on this book, 2-stars, is not for the content. It is rather due to the poor presentation of the e-book version (at least the Amazon version).

The e-book version of this book has some serious issues: Poor formatting, bad punctuation, missing pictures. It’s just a train wreck.

The content of the book, that what is readable, is EXCELLENT. This is one of those rare comic book histories with not a lot of angst, horror or revealed evil; Jim Mooney is shown as a very affable man, a very proficient artist, and a man of many talents. Much like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Curt Swan or Neal Adams, there’s a mighty big chance the average person on the street has seen something drawn or inked by Jim Mooney. It’s just how omnipresent his artwork has been for about 50 years.

The book covers Mooney’s entire career, from starting at Fox back in the forties all the way up to his work with Claypool in the late eighties/early nineties.

There are appendices featuring Libby Titus and superfan Fred Hembeck.

If this book would be cleaned up and re-formatted, it would be a joy to read. At 116 pages, I certainly wouldn’t pay the exorbitant prices for the hardcover though; even wading through the glitches, it took me less than an hour to read this book. It’s rather short, but it’s also a fairly rich history of a great comic book creator.

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