Campbell, Eddie: The Goat-Getters. Jack Johnson, the Fight of the Century, and How a Bunch of Raucous Cartoonists Reinvented Comics. (Studies in Comics and Cartoons.) Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 2018. (320 S.)
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ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-684-05291-2
BibTeX citation key: Campbell2018
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Keywords: Campbell. Eddie, Comic strip, Sports, USA
Publisher: Ohio State Univ. Press (Columbus)
The Goat Getters is a rip-roaring narrative of the origin of the comic strip told from a new perspective by one of the leading cartoon storytellers of our time. It features a wild bunch of early twentieth-century cartoonists based on the West Coast, including Jimmy Swinnerton, Tad Dorgan, George Herriman, and Rube Goldberg, whose domain was the sports and lurid crime pages, where they fashioned a bold, tough style, invented their own goofy slang that enriched the popular lexicon (to which the title of the book refers), and created characters such as Silk Hat Harry and the indomitable Krazy Kat.
This exhaustively researched book is also an account, shown through original newspaper cartoons of the era, of the subjects of those cartoons: the landmark 1910 boxing match in Reno, Nevada, between Jim Jeffries, the “Great White Hope,” and Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion; the nationwide race riots that followed; the San Francisco graft trials that culminated in the shooting of the federal prosecutor; and the trial of Harry Thaw for the murder of architect Stanford White, a crime of passion that centered on Thaw’s wife, showgirl Evelyn Nesbitt Thaw, whose beauty was celebrated by cartoonist Nell Brinkley.
Campbell also shows how these early cartoons developed the kind of dynamic anatomy and recurring characters that continue to influence comics and graphic novels today.
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