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Icons of the American Comic Book [2 volumes]: From Captain America to Wonder Woman
     

Icons of the American Comic Book [2 volumes]: From Captain America to Wonder Woman

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by Randy Duncan
 

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This book explores how the heroes and villains of popular comic books—and the creators of these icons of our culture—reflect the American experience out of which they sprang, and how they have achieved relevance by adapting to, and perhaps influencing, the evolving American character.

• Includes contributions from 70 expert contributors and leading

Overview

This book explores how the heroes and villains of popular comic books—and the creators of these icons of our culture—reflect the American experience out of which they sprang, and how they have achieved relevance by adapting to, and perhaps influencing, the evolving American character.

• Includes contributions from 70 expert contributors and leading scholars in the field, with some of the entries written with the aid of popular comic book creators themselves

• Provides sidebars within each entry that extend readers' understanding of the subject

• Offers "Essential Works" and "Further Reading" recommendations

• Includes a comprehensive bibliography

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"These volumes offer the useful approach of the publisher's 'Icons' series as a 'port of entry' for students and general readers. . . . While these volumes cover material that can be found elsewhere, they combine greater detail than can be found in many comics reference works with greater scope and rigor than can be found in most popular sources. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice

"This material will have broad research appeal in public and academic libraries and will also be popular with those who already have an interest in comics." - Library Journal

"Any library serving comic book enthusiasts will want to obtain this balanced and useful reference. This will also be of general interest to most academic, high school, and public libraries." - Booklist

"Readers looking to bridge the gap between a reference book and book-length sketches will find this meaty and desirable." - ARBA

Library Journal
"Do Spider-Man's adventures consistently reaffirm a belief in the inherent goodness of humanity?" asks this reference, which highlights icons "worshipped and cursed. Obsessed the world over." The cover art on the set's first volume is of Batman while the second shows Spider-Man, together representing the two largest U.S. comic publishers, DC comics and Marvel Comics, respectively. Editors Duncan (communications, Henderson State Univ., AR) and Smith (communication, Wittenberg Univ., OH; coauthor, with Duncan, The Power of Comics) explore the cultural influence of comics, moving beyond the striking art, fantastic colors, and word balloons to show "far more meaning and significance within the identities of comic book heroes and characters than it would seem." One hundred substantive and entertaining profiles cover creators such Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Chris Ware, and the ubiquitous Stan Lee. Alphabetically arranged entries on famous comic and graphic novel titles such as Watchmen, The Sandman, and Maus and landmark publishers such as Dark Horse Comics, Milestone Comics, and EC Comics are also included. Profiled characters like superhero team X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Archie reflect the American culture; the set also includes characters who changed fans' opinions about female gender roles—Batgirl and Wonder Woman, for example, who brought toughness as well as sexuality to the genre. While the work includes some images of people and of comic art, for a set covering such a visual medium it is quite text-heavy. VERDICT Despite its visual drawbacks, this material will have broad research appeal in public and academic libraries and will also be popular with those who already have an interest in comics.—Laverne Mann, Piscataway P.L., NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313399237
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Series:
Greenwood Icons Series
Pages:
920
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 2.60(d)

Meet the Author

Randy Duncan, PhD, is professor of communication at Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR.

Matthew J. Smith, PhD, is a professor of communication at Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, where he teaches courses in media studies, including one in graphic storytelling.

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