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A Comics Studies Reader by Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester

By Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester

A Comics reports Reader deals the simplest of the recent comics scholarship in approximately thirty essays on a large choice of such comics varieties as gag cartoons, editorial cartoons, comedian strips, comedian books, manga, and picture novels.

The anthology covers the pioneering paintings of Rodolphe Töpffer, the Disney comics of Carl Barks, and the photograph novels of artwork Spiegelman and Chris Ware, in addition to Peanuts, romance comics, and superheroes. It explores the stylistic achievements of manga, the overseas anti-comics crusade, and tool and sophistication in Mexican comedian books and English illustrated stories.

A Comics reviews Reader introduces readers to the main debates and issues of reference that proceed to form the sector. it is going to curiosity a person who desires to delve deeper into the area of comics and is perfect for lecture room use.

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Inevitably, the mail-order industry found their place in the cultural food chain, and naturally they employed a few misleading techniques to scare up sales. indd 47 6/13/11 7:38 PM 48 6-FOOT MONSTER-SIZE MONSTERS WE IMAGINED: A shockingly realistic, freestanding movie monster that probably talks. THEY SENT: A silent, yet beautifully painted six-foot poster of Frankenstein and/or Dracula. indd 48 in comic books and monster mags. The quality of the products and the on-thelevel advertising would only diminish with time.

THEY SENT: A real rock covered in glow-in-the-dark green paint. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION: Rock bottom. indd 32 6/15/11 1:57 PM WAR ZONE laytime and wartime have collided since the invention of boys. The war comic emerged as its own genre in the 1950s and achieved mainstream popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. From the beginning, mail-order dealers tantalized boys with offers of personal armies and deadly weapons for a nominal fee. Thus, armies of kids sent in a surplus of dollars, often resulting in battle-scarred expectations.

The war comic emerged as its own genre in the 1950s and achieved mainstream popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. From the beginning, mail-order dealers tantalized boys with offers of personal armies and deadly weapons for a nominal fee. Thus, armies of kids sent in a surplus of dollars, often resulting in battle-scarred expectations. indd 34 6/13/11 7:17 PM 100 35 TOY SOLDIERS WE IMAGINED: A massive army of war heroes. Presumably, these were cheaper but exactly the same as the ever-popular bags of soldiers that populated dime-store shelves.

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