In 1950, the Korean War whipped up fears of atomic warfare and communist infiltration. Publishers geared up for the expected superhero rebirth, as did Simon and Kirby. For Harvey Publications they produced Captain 3-D, an experiment in multi-dimensional storytelling that rode the coattails of a few adventurous movie studios. In order to read these comics, readers wore special glasses with green and red lenses that gave the effect of characters virtually leaping off the pages.
For this book, Captain 3-D has been restored for the first time ever to its original art and in full-color, with the team's dynamic art figuratively jumping off the page -- no special glasses required, thank you. But it was a short-lived movie craze, and 3-D comics faded quickly. Captain 3-D is also notable for some of the very first work a young Steve Ditko produced in comics.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.
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