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Haugen, David M., ed. Comic Books. Examining Pop Culture. Detroit [etc.]: Greenhaven, 2005. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0737725451
BibTeX citation key: Haugen2005
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays
Creators: Haugen
Publisher: Greenhaven (Detroit [etc.])
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Comics get explained for the social, cultural, and intellectual phenomenon that they are. Each chapter is essentially an excerpted piece from a larger, university-press book, so the writing and commentary provided are consistently first-rate. The engrossing essays cover myriad topics including the universal elements of a comic-book story, the historical changes that comics have undergone, and the splintering of the genre into underground comix, graphic novels, and manga. Further, the self-censorship that comic artists imposed on themselves in the postwar era, the surprisingly common antihero, and the sexist drawings so widely known are all sensitively and finely addressed. The text-only format may discourage some, but other readers will enjoy the serious treatment of the topic.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Comic books: reflections of a changing nation

The defining elements of comic books
David Carrier: Combining words and pictures to create legitimate art
Mila Bongco: Conventions of the superhero narrative
Matthew Pustz: Letters pages foster community

Comic books as a reflection of cultural values
Ian Gordon: Comic books during World War II: defending the American way of life
William W. Savage, Jr.: Battling the Red menace in the postwar years
Amy Kiste Nyberg: The comics code: creators agree to self-censor
Patrick Rosenkrantz: Underground comix and the 1960s counterculture
Trina Robbins: Wimmen's comix
Marc Singer: Evolving Black identity in superhero comics

New forms for a contemporary audience
David Thompson: Serious comics and graphic novels: true art for adults
Frederik L. Schodt: Japanese manga invades America
Gregory Cwiklik: What's wrong with comics today?
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