Comics as culture

Comics as culture

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Comics and cartoons are ingrained in American life. One critic has called comic books crude, unimaginative, banal, vulgar, ultimately corrupting. They have been regarded with considerable suspicion by parents, educators, psychiatrists, and moral reformers. They have been investigated by governmental committees and subjected to severe censorship. Yet more than 200 million copies are sold annually. Upon even casual examination BLONDIE, ARCHIE, MARY WORTH, THE WIZARD OF ID, and SHOEamong the many comic stripswill be found to support some commonly accepted notion or standard of society. Why do comics both amuse and arouse controversy? Here is an attempt at an answer in a sharp-eyed comic-book lovers probing look at this step-child genre. He finds comics both loved and hated, relished and sneered at. In their relying on dramatic conventions of character, dialogue, scene, gesture, compressed time, and stage devices, he finds the comics close to the drama but probably closer kin to... for a more wordly-wise series featuring chorus girls, kept women, and businessmen in pursuit of hedonistic pleasures. ... drew into his eighties with over 3, 000 cartoons published); Gluyas Williams, who specialized in neatly outlined and stylized ... suburbanite (well-known also for his splendid illustrations for the books and essays of Robert Benchley); Alan Dunn, ... cartoonists (over 1, 900 cartoons and 9 covers published between 1926 and 1974); Gardner Rea, whose strong senseanbsp;...

Title:Comics as culture
Author: M. Thomas Inge
Publisher: - 1990

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