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ISBN: 0810949709 / ISBN-13: 9780810949706

The Comics: Before 1945

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More than 500 strips take the reader through the comics history of the first half of the 20th century. A brief chapter on each decade gives the ... Show synopsis

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  • The Comics: Before 1945 (ABRAMS) – Hardcover (2004)
    by Brian Walker

    The Comics: Before 1945

    Hardcover, ABRAMS
    2004
    English
    New ed.
    336 pages

    ISBN: 0810949709
    ISBN-13: 9780810949706

    In the five decades after the Yellow Kid first appeared in 1895, the funnies became an essential element of American life. Comic strip characters, Buster Brown, the Katzenjammer Kids, Krazy Kat, Tarzan, Dick Tracy, Popeye, Blondie, Li'l Abner, were everywhere. They starred in live-action and animated films, stage plays, and radio programs. Their phrases invaded the language; their adventures, which reflected societal changes, were retold in books and inspired hit songs. This visually stunning, comprehensive survey, ... Show more

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DoubleW

A good overview

by DoubleW on Aug 8, 2013

This is a massive, sweeping overview of a very large subject. Several pages of well-reproduced B/W or color strips are devoted to each of the "big guns" in the cartoon world, from Richard Outcault ("Yellow Kid") to Will Eisner (The Spirit"). Many other lesser artists are represented by single pages or panels. But the sheer size of the field means, unfortunately, that a lot of other talented cartoonists who were famous in their day, such as TAD or T.S. Sullivant, get no mention at all. Still, the editor is the one making the choices, and in this case a massive, beautifully-produced survey of the field was the result.

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