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A survey of the best scholarly writing on the form, craft, history, and significance of the comics
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A survey of the best scholarly writing on the form, craft, history, and significance of the comics
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  • ISBN-13: 9781604731095
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 1,023,626
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

With Chris Ware and Chris Oliveros, Jeet Heer is editing a series of volumes reprinting Frank King's Gasoline Alley, three volumes of which have been published. A Toronto-based writer, he has written introductory essays to the George Herriman Krazy and Ignatz series.

Kent Worcester teaches political theory at Marymount Manhattan College. He is the author of C. L. R. James: A Political Biography and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments IX

Introduction XI

Why Are Comics Still in Search of Cultural Legitimization? Thierry Groensteen 3

Historical Considerations 13

Rodolphe Topffer's Aesthetic Revolution David Kunzle 17

How Comics Came to Be: Through the Juncture of Word and Image from Magazine Gag Cartoons to Newspaper Strips, Tools for Critical Appreciation plus Rare Seldom Witnessed Historical Facts Robert C. Harvey 25

The "Vulgar" Comic Strip Gilbert Seldes 46

Excerpt from Seduction of the Innocent Fredric Wertham 53

William Gaines and the Battle over EC Comics Amy Kiste Nyberg 58

The Comics Debates Internationally John A. Lent 69

The Definition of the Superhero Peter Coogan 77

Two Boys from the Twin Cities M. Thomas Inge 94

Craft, Art, Form 101

Caricature David Carrier 105

Beyond Comparison W. J. T. Mitchell 116

The Impossible Definition Thierry Groensteen 124

An Art of Tensions Charles Hatfield 132

The Arrow and the Grid Joseph Witek 149

The Construction of Space in Comics Pascal Lefevre 157

The Acoustics of Manga Robert S. Petersen 163

Culture, Narrative, Identity 173

Ally Sloper: The First Comics Superstar? Roger Sabin 177

Jackie and the Problem of Romance Martin Barker 190

Home Loving and Without Vices Anne Rubenstein 207

Autobiography as Authenticity Bart Beaty 226

Manga versus Kibyoshi Adam L. Kern 236

Beyond Shoujo, Blending Gender Fusami Ogi 244

Scrutiny and Evaluation 253

The Innocents March into History Ariel Dorfman 257

The Garden in the Machine Thomas Andrae 270

An Examination of "Master Race" John Benson David Kasakove Art Spiegelman 288

The Comics of Chris Ware Gene Kannenberg, Jr. 306

Transcending Comics: Crossingthe Boundaries of the Medium Annalisa Di Liddo 325

History and Graphic Representation in Maus Hillary Chute 340

Contributors 363

Index 369

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