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Knopf, Christina M. The Comic Art of War: A critical study of military cartoons, 1805–2014, with a guide to artists. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2015. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-9835-2
BibTeX citation key: Knopf2015
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Categories: General
Keywords: Biography, Cartoon, Comic strip, Communications, Humor, Rhetoric, Satire, USA, War
Creators: Knopf
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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For military cartoonists the absurdity of war inspires a laugh-or-cry response and provides an endless source of un-funny amusement. Cartoons by hundreds of artists-at-arms from more than a dozen countries and spanning two centuries are included in this study. War and military life are examined through the inside jokes of the men and women who served. The author analyzes themes of culture, hierarchy, enemies and allies, geography, sexuality, combat, and civilian relations and describes how comics function within a community. A number of artists included were known for their work with Disney, Marvel Comics, the New Yorker and Madison Avenue but many lesser known artists are recognized.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (v)

Preface: Recon (1)

Introduction: Vocabularies of the Visual-Verbal (5)

1. GI Joking: Military Humor and Graphic Narratives (21)
2. Service Before Self: Military Life (41)
3. Kiss My Brass: Military Hierarchy (60)
4. Frenemies: Friends and Foes (73)
5. Drawn Behind the Lines: Military Geography (91)
6. Sex(es) in Battle: Gender and Sexuality (106)
7. Drawing Fire: Combat and Casualties (126)
8. Sillyvillians: ­Civil-Military Interactions (138)

Conclusion: SITREP—The Military’s Rhetorical Vision (153)

Appendix: Comicography (163)
Notes (179)
Bibliography (221)
Index (241)

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