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American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era

American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era


A Study of Social Commentary in Films and Television Programs, 1961-1973 In the first four years of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War (1961-64), Hollywood did not dramatize the current military conflict but rather romanticized earlier ones. Cartoons reflected only previous trends in U.S. culture, and animators comically but patriotically remembered the Revolutionary War, the Civil...   [click here for more]
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Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books

Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books


1920-1960 In this thorough history, the author demonstrates, via the popular literature (primarily pulp magazines and comic books) of the 1920s to about 1960, that the stories therein drew their definitions of heroism and villainy from an overarching, nativist fear of outsiders that had existed before World War I but intensified afterwards. These depictions were transferred to America's "new"...   [click here for more]
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Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, 2d ed.

Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, 2d ed.


A significant expansion of the critically acclaimed first edition, Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, 2d ed., carries the story of the Kanter family's series of comics-style adaptations of literary masterpieces from 1941 into the 21st century. This book features additional material on the 70-year history of Classics Illustrated and the careers and contributions of such artists as Alex A....   [click here for more]
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Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946–1962: Essays on Graphic Treatment of Communism, the Code and Social Concerns

Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946–1962: Essays on Graphic Treatment of Communism, the Code and Social Concerns


Conventional wisdom holds that comic books of the post-World War II era are poorly drawn and poorly written publications, notable only for the furor they raised. Contributors to this thoughtful collection, however, demonstrate that these comics constitute complex cultural documents that create a dialogue between mainstream values and alternative beliefs that question or complicate the grand narratives...   [click here for more]
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Comic Strip Artists in American Newspapers, 1945-1980

Comic Strip Artists in American Newspapers, 1945-1980


Millions of Americans know and love Charlie Brown and Snoopy, Blondie and Dagwood, Doonesbury, Li'l Abner, Garfield, Cathy, Beetle Bailey and other such comic strip characters. Thanks to the cartoonists--the people who have brought and still bring these and other characters to life day after day in the newspapers--the characters have become an entertaining and important part of American culture....   [click here for more]
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Crossing Boundaries in Graphic Narrative: Essays on Forms, Series and Genres

Crossing Boundaries in Graphic Narrative: Essays on Forms, Series and Genres


Although the idea that graphic narratives represent an important literary form is still debated in academic circles, in recent years comics scholarship has emerged into wider contexts. This collection of new essays considers various literary approaches to graphic narrative and sequential art. The authors examine the politics of comic form and narrative, the ways in which graphic narrative and sequential...   [click here for more]
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Marvel Comics' Civil War and the Age of Terror

Marvel Comics' Civil War and the Age of Terror


Critical Essays on the Comic Saga Marvel Comics has an established tradition of addressing relevant real-life issues facing the American public. With the publication of Civil War (2006-2007), a seven-issue crossover storyline spanning the Marvel universe, they focused on contemporary anxieties such as terrorism and threats to privacy and other civil liberties. This collection of new essays explores...   [click here for more]
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Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications

Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications


An Annotated Guide to Comics, Prose Novels, Children's Books, Articles, Criticism and Reference Works, 1965-2005 This work provides an extensive guide for students, fans, and collectors of Marvel Comics. Focusing on Marvel's mainstream comics, the author provides a detailed description of each comic along with a bibliographic citation listing the publication's title, writers/artists,...   [click here for more]
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Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study

Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study


This work takes an in-depth look at the world of comic books through the eyes of a Native American reader and offers frank commentary on the medium's cultural representation of the Native American people. It addresses a range of portrayals, from the bloodthirsty barbarians and noble savages of dime novels, to formulaic secondary characters and sidekicks, and, occasionally, protagonists sans paternal...   [click here for more]
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Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History, 2nd edition

Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History, 2nd edition


It's a rare comic character who can make audiences laugh for well over half a century--but then again, it's a pretty rare cartoon hero who can boast of forearms thicker than his waist, who can down a can of spinach in a single gulp, or who generally faces the world with one eye squinted completely shut. When E.C. Segar's gruff but lovable sailor man first tooted his pipe to the public on January...   [click here for more]
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Superheroes and Their Ancient Jewish Parallels: A Comparative Study

Superheroes and Their Ancient Jewish Parallels: A Comparative Study


Persia had Rostam. Babylonia had Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Egypt had Horus and Isis. Greece had Odysseus and Achilles. Israel had its heroes, too—Moses, David, Esther and Samson. While Israel’s heroes did not wear capes or spandex, they did meet cultural needs. In times of crisis, heroes emerge to model virtues that inspire a sense of commitment and worth. Identity concerns were especially...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times

The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times


The Incredible Hulk is one of the earliest Marvel Comics superheroes. Through the decades, the character and his narrative elements--the causes of Bruce Banner's transformations, the Hulk's strength, intelligence and skin color, the stories' tone, theme and sources of conflict--have been continually reinvented to remain relevant. This collection of new essays explores Marvel's more than five decades...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Justice League: Essays on America's Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times

The Ages of the Justice League: Essays on America's Greatest Superheroes in Changing Times


The first superhero team from the Silver Age of comics, DC's Justice League has seen many iterations since its first appearance in 1960. As the original comic book continued and spin-off titles proliferated, talented writers, artists and editors adapted the team to appeal to changing audience tastes. This collection of new essays examines more than five decades of Justice League comics and related...   [click here for more]
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The World of Shaft: A Complete Guide to the Novels, Comic Strip, Films and Television Series

The World of Shaft: A Complete Guide to the Novels, Comic Strip, Films and Television Series


Mention Shaft and most people think of Gordon Parks' seminal 1971 film starring Richard Roundtree in a leather coat, walking the streets of Manhattan to Isaac Hayes' iconic theme music. But the black private dick who inspired the blaxploitation film genre actually made his debut on the printed page as the creation of a white novelist. Ernest Tidyman was a seasoned journalist down on his luck when...   [click here for more]
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Walt Kelly and Pogo: The Art of the Political Swamp

Walt Kelly and Pogo: The Art of the Political Swamp


One of the most popular comic strips of the 1950s and the first to reference politics of the day, Walt Kelly's Pogo took on Joe McCarthy before the controversial senator was a blip on Edward R. Murrow's radar. The strip's satire was so biting, it was often relegated to newspaper editorial sections at a time when artists in other media were blacklisted for far less. Pogo was the vanguard of today's...   [click here for more]
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Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow

Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow


"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? . . . The Shadow knows!" And who knew The Shadow better than his creator, Walter B. Gibson. Relatively few people have heard of Gibson, but many more are familiar with The Shadow having heard the program on the Blue Coal Radio Program in the 1930s and read the Street & Smith Shadow novels. Walter B. Gibson's life and career come out from...   [click here for more]
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Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man

Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man


This volume collects a wide-ranging sample of fresh analyses of Spider-Man. It traverses boundaries of medium, genre, epistemology and discipline in essays both insightful and passionate that move forward the study of one of the world's most beloved characters. The editors have crafted the book for fans, creators and academics alike. Foreword by Tom DeFalco, with poetry and an afterword by Gary Jackson...   [click here for more]
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