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A Review By: Fredrik Strömberg

The following review by Fredrik Strümberg appeared on his blog about comics Sekventiellt in July 2009.

This is a captivating little book. At first I was put off by the diminutive size (OK, so I was fooled by the fact that all books look the same size at Amazon…) but as soon as I got into it, I was enthralled. Gravett and Stanbury have pulled out some of the weirdest comic books from their collection and show them one book per spread, with cover and a sample panel of interior art, complemented by Gravett’s interesting comments. Some of these I own, some I have heard of, but surprisingly many were new to me. And there are some real gems here, like Trucker Fags in Denial or Amputee Love. I kept my copy by the loo, where the layout of the book, with one finished, self-contained story per spread, made it perfect for those slightly prolonged seatings on the throne…

Seriously, this is a great book, which reads like a breeze and will work both for the eager enthusiast with a much too large library of comics (ahem…) or the average reader, just looking for an interesting, thought-provoking read. I also like the fact that on this book, Gravett’s long-time partner in crime on his books and all-around nice guy, Peter Stanbury, finally gets top-billing. Go Peter!

Oh, and no, the title sadly does not refer to the classical Swedish punk band…


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Comics Art by Paul Gravett from Tate Publishing

1001 Comics  You Must Read Before You Die edited by Paul Gravett

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