Icons of the American Comic Book [2 volumes]

Icons of the American Comic Book [2 volumes]
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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages : 947
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ISBN-10 : 9780313399244
ISBN-13 : 0313399247
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Book Synopsis Icons of the American Comic Book [2 volumes] by : Randy Duncan

Download or read book Icons of the American Comic Book [2 volumes] written by Randy Duncan and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2013-01-29 with total page 947 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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. 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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