Comics Between the Panels

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This lavish, full-color, coffee-table style volume celebrating the comics medium was a dozen years in the making. Via alphabetical entries, the authors take an idiosyncratic look at everything from creators, characters, and companies to conventions and collectors. Drawing on their years of expertise in the field and on interviews with hundreds of comics veterans, Mike Richardson (Dark Horse Comics' publisher) and Steve Duin (columnist for the Portland Oregonian) provide the inside scoop on the early days of ...
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Overview

This lavish, full-color, coffee-table style volume celebrating the comics medium was a dozen years in the making. Via alphabetical entries, the authors take an idiosyncratic look at everything from creators, characters, and companies to conventions and collectors. Drawing on their years of expertise in the field and on interviews with hundreds of comics veterans, Mike Richardson (Dark Horse Comics' publisher) and Steve Duin (columnist for the Portland Oregonian) provide the inside scoop on the early days of comics in the 1930s, the studio days of the 1940s, the crisis in the 1950s, and the resurgence in the 1960s. And the book offers plenty of behind-the-scenes information about comics in more recent decades as well. You'll find R. Crumb side by side with crime comics, Li'l Abner brushing elbows with Little Annie Fanny, and Superman nose-to- nose with Spawn. This book is a must-have for anyone with a love for comics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569713440
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 12/9/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 11.11 (h) x 1.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2005

    A Look into Comics' little-known avenues

    Duin and Richardson have, in 'Comics: Between the Panels,' produced a fun and fascinating reference volume packed with literature and lore covering comics' entire galaxy, from well-known characters and creators to underground and little-known artists and series that had a significant impact on the industry. The work takes a distinctly anecdotal view of the comics world, focusing more on personal relationships between creators, comics folklore and legend(s), intellectual history of characters and artistic movements, and does not shy away from controversy, nor offering opinions. Those looking for a book concentrating on straight-up biographies and origin tales of characters and creators may be disappointed by this work - as mentioned above, it's the personal ideas and motivations behind the mask of the professional that drive this book and add to its verve. A worthy addition to any comic fan's or historian's shelf. Enjoy!

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