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Breckenridge Public Library 741.5973 DAU (Text) 33500013501283 New Checked out 02/03/2022

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  • ISBN: 9780393635607
  • ISBN: 0393635600
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2022]

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"The sweeping story of cartoons, comic strips, and graphic novels and their century-long hold on the American imagination. Starting with the Civil War and cartoonist Thomas Nast, creator of the lasting images of Uncle Sam and Santa Claus, author Jeremy Dauber whizzes readers through comics' progress in the twentieth century and beyond: from the golden age of newspaper comic strips (Krazy Kat, Yellow Kid, Dick Tracy) to the midcentury superhero boom (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman); from the moral panic of the Eisenhower era to the underground comix movement; from the grim and gritty Dark Knights and Watchmen to the graphic novel's brilliant rise (Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco). Dauber's story shows not only how comics have changed, but how American politics and history have changed them. Throughout, he describes the origins of beloved comics, champions neglected masterpieces, and argues that we can understand how America sees itself through whose stories comics tell"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 October #2
    Dauber, an historian of Jewish literature and humor, expands his professional preserve only slightly to accommodate his latest research. Jews were in comic strips from the beginning, and when the comic book got going, Joe Schuster and Jerry Siegel, both Jewish, created arguably the most influential, Superman. Of course, comics aren't Jewish per se, and throughout his name- and title-packed survey, Dauber is attentive to the contributions of women, Black, Asian (including the huge influence of Japanese manga on the graphic novel), and LGBTI artists, writers, and businesspersons, the last because, as they did with the comics' sibling pop-culture-medium, the movies, "the suits" generally got the last word on how comics developed. Not always, though; since the mid-twentieth century, again as with the movies, independent comics creators and publishers have burgeoned. The internet and comics-based movies have made the biggest recent impacts on comics. Dauber covers all these changes and more. Moreover, he pithily and accurately describes hundreds of individual strips and books, colorfully expanding the limits of conventional definitions. This crammed chronicle will not soon be matched, let alone surpassed. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Comic books, strips, etc > United States > History and criticism.
Graphic novels > United States > History and criticism.
Literature and society > United States > History > 20th century.
Genre: Literary criticism.

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