Sense of Wonder: A Life in Comic Fandom
By Bill Schelly
Sense of Wonder is the personal, often funny, sometimes poignant recollections of Bill Schelly’s years as a comic book collector and fanzine publisher in the 1960s and 1970s. Fandom’s leading historian recounts his strange-but-true encounters with Steve Ditko, Dr. Frederic Wertham, Jim Shooter, Bob Kane and more, in this beautifully-written, highly readable text. It’s all here: the fans, the dealers, the comicons, and more, including a special introduction by Rascally Roy Thomas! Paul Levitz writes: “[Sense of Wonder is] charmingly nostalgic, intimate and heart-warming. Schelly’s trip through the wilderness years of fandom echoes what so many of us felt when we made a magic connection with other comics fans.” Profusely illustrated with 150 photos and illustrations, including rare work by Dick Giordano, Joe Sinnott, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Mike Kaluta, Wally Wood, Doug Potter, Dave Cockrum, C. C. Beck, Don Newton, and a knock-out Captain America frontispiece by!
Jack Kirby and Mike Allred.
List Price: $15.95
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing (November 1, 2001)
What People Are Saying
About SENSE OF WONDER:
“Charmingly nostalgic, intimate and heart-warming! Bill Schelly’s trip through the wilderness years of fandom echoes what so many of us felt when we made a magic connection with other comics fans.”
“Like Schelly’s earlier books, SENSE OF WONDER allows old-timers to reminisce about the early days of fandom, because they’ve been there—and allows all newcomers to experience what they missed. I loved every word of it!”
Former editor Comic Book Marketplace
“Anyone with memories of being a kid with a seemingly oddball enthusiasm will identify with Bill Schelly’s tale of how he found in comics fandom a network of widely scattered new friends and a wealth of ways to grow creatively.”
Author, Stuck Rubber Baby &
Wendel All Together
“Writing with an earnest intensity in clear, colloquial English, Bill Schelly recreates in a pleasant novelistic manner those times in a young comic book fan’s life when all the world that matters is comic books. His autobiographical narrative displays a storyteller’s sensibility and ends tidily with an epiphany that signals that the fan has grown up but remembers fondly—as do we all, all of us who have survived our youth and adolescence because we had comic books to sustain us and cartooning to aspire to.
Author, The Art of the Comic Strip
“Excellent—Bill Schelly’s best yet! Far from being an exercise in egotism, SENSE OF WONDER represents a sharing of a comics fan’s intensely personal—yet universal—experience.”
Co-Creator of The Eclipse &