Nov 12, 2009
If you’ve read comics for any period of time, you’ve probably encountered Tony Isabella some way or another. You may know him as a writer, a comics retailer, a critic, a creator, a beloved columnist for Comics Buyer’s Guide, or as the man behind Black Lightning, the first African-American superhero to headline his own title from DC Comics in the 1970s. In all his time in the industry, Tony has acquired a vast collection of comics and an enormous wealth of reading experience, all of which he puts to good use in 1,000 Comic Books You Must Read, a decades spanning collection for readers of all kinds. Whether you’re new to the format and looking for good recommendations or you’re well-versed in the joys of comics and you want to see which of your favorites made the cut, pull up a chair and get ready to join in the debate. In fact, Tony is getting ready to unveil a website devoted to discussion about the book (“People will be able to go on and make recommendations for the next book, bitch about what was left out, and complain about what was included,” Tony jokes), but first, we got him to answer a few of our own questions.