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Pieper, Gail W., Kenneth D. Nordin, and Joseph Ursitti, eds. Understanding the Funnies: Critical Interpretations of Comic Strips. Lisle: Procopian Pr, 1997. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Pieper1997b
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Comic strip
Creators: Nordin, Pieper, Ursitti
Publisher: Procopian Pr. (Lisle)
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Understanding the Funnies provides—for the first time—critical essays that offer alternative approaches for making sense of newspaper comics and establish a solid theoretical foundation for evaluating this important genre. The book is international in coverage and includes indexes for convenient use as a reference. Special features of the book:

  • Applies Jungian archetypes to comic superheroes
  • Shows how the cold war affected comics, both directly and indirectly, in the 1950s
  • Compares comic strip heroes with the great protagonists of classical literature
  • Provides a comprehensive survey of comic art in Italy and Asia
  • Analyzes the factors that ensure strip continuity, even when the artists change
  • Explores the underlying causes of troubled male-female relationships in the comics

Table of Contents

Gail W. Pieper: A New Approach to Newspaper Comics (1)
Kenneth D. Nordin and William Scarlato: The Art of Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes (4)
Anthony A. Harkins: Commies, H-Bombs, and the National Security State (12)
Kenneth D. Nordin: Male and Female Relationships in Comic Strips (37)
Mary Kane and Gail W. Pieper: Dick Tracy and His Creators (47)
James F. Iaccino: Jungian Archetypes in American Comic Strips (62)
Arthur T. Broes and Gail W. Pieper: Tess Truehart (Tracy): Then and Now (77)
Gail W. Pieper and Marie Clear: Cosmo's Cosmos (89)
Antonio Sassu: One Hundred Years of Comics in Italy (110)
John A. Lent: Sanmao, Kenkoy, Tokai: The Comic Strip in Asia (140)

Subject Index
Index of Comic Strips
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