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Sabin, Roger. Adult Comics: An introduction. New Accents. London, New York: Routledge, 1993. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0415044189
BibTeX citation key: Sabin1993
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Categories: General
Keywords: Historical account, United Kingdom, USA
Creators: Sabin
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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Adult comics are part of the cultural landscape in a way that would have been unimaginable a decade ago. In this first survey of its kind, Roger Sabin traces the history of comics for older readers from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. He takes in the pre-First World War titles, the underground ‘comix’ of the 1960s and 1970s, ‘fandom’  in the 1970s and 1980s, and the boom of the 1990s (including ‘graphic novels’ and Viz). Covering comics from the United States, Europe and Japan, Adult Comics addresses such issues as the graphic novel in context, cultural overspill and the role of women.
By taking a broad sweep Sabin demonstrates that the widely-held notion that comics ‘grew up’ in the late 1980s is a mistaken one, largely invented by the media.

Table of Contents

List of figures (vi)
General editor’s preface (ix)
Acknowledgments (xi)
Introduction (1)
What is a comic? (5)

1. The first adult comics (13)
2. Kid’s stuff (23)
3. Underground comix (36)
4. 2000AD: ‘The comic of tomorrow!’ (52)
5. Fandom and direct sales (62)
6. ‘Comics grow up!’: dawn of the graphic novel (87)
7. From boom to bust (96)
8. Viz: ‘More fun than a jammy bun!’ (116)
9. The future (127)

10. Strips and proto-comics (133)
11. Comic books for everyone (144)
12. 1954 – seduction of the experienced? (157)
13. The years of collapse: survivors and adaptors (163)
14. The modern era (171)

15. Worldcomics (183)
16. Adult comics and other media (210)
17. Women and adult comics (221)
18. The graphic novel in context (235)

Conclusion (249)
Appendices (251)
1. Code of the Comics Magazine Association of America, Inc. (251)
2. Ready reference dates for key British and American comics (254)
Notes (261)
Bibliography (293)
Index (307)

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