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

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Multiple generations have thrilled to the exploits of the heroes and villains of American comic books. These imaginary characters permeate our culture—even Americans who have never read a comic book grasp what the most well-known examples represent. But these comic book characters, and their creators, do more than simply thrill: they make us consider who we are and who we aspire to be.

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Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman: From Captain America to Wonder Woman

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Overview

Multiple generations have thrilled to the exploits of the heroes and villains of American comic books. These imaginary characters permeate our culture—even Americans who have never read a comic book grasp what the most well-known examples represent. But these comic book characters, and their creators, do more than simply thrill: they make us consider who we are and who we aspire to be.

Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman contains 100 entries that provide historical background, explore the impact of the comic-book character on American culture, and summarize what is iconic about the subject of the entry. Each entry also lists essential works, suggests further readings, and contains at least one sidebar that provides entertaining and often quirky insight not covered in the main entry. This two-volume work examines fascinating subjects, such as how the superhero concept embodied the essence of American culture in the 1930s; and the ways in which comic book icons have evolved to reflect changing circumstances, values, and attitudes regarding cultural diversity. The book's coverage extends beyond just characters, as it also includes entries devoted to creators, publishers, titles, and even comic book related phenomena that have had enduring significance.

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Editorial Reviews

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

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ARBA

"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."

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Booklist

"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."

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Library Journal

"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."

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313399237
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Series: Greenwood Icons Series
  • Pages: 920
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.60 (d)

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