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Cook, Roy T. "Judging a Comic Book by its Cover: Marvel comics, photo-covers, and the objectivity of photography." Image [&] Narrative 16. 2 2015. Accessed 3Sep. 2015. <http://www.imageandnarr ... rative/article/view/805>. 
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Language: en: English
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BibTeX citation key: Cook2015a
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Keywords: Marvel, Paratext, Photography, USA
Creators: Cook
Collection: Image [&] Narrative
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Marvel Comics produced a number of comics with photographic covers during the 1980s. In this paper, I examine the aesthetic function played by these photo-covers. After examining and rejecting two inadequate accounts – first, that these photo-covers are merely a marketing tool, and second, that these photo-covers give us privileged access to the (fictional) appearance of the characters and settings depicted on the covers, I argue that these covers are instead intended to meta-fictionally comment on the indirect, inferential nature of depiction in comics. In short, by utilizing the purportedly objective medium of photography, yet still failing to provide reliable evidence regarding the appearance of characters and settings, these covers highlight the fact that all information or evidence regarding appearances provided by the images contained in, or appearing on, comics is indirect, inferential, and defeasible.
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