Gravett, Paul and Peter Stanbury. Great British Comics: Celebrating a century of ripping yearns and wizard wheezes. London: Aurum, 2006.
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Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1-84513-170-3
BibTeX citation key: Gravett2006
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Keywords: Historical account, United Kingdom
Creators: Gravett, Stanbury
Publisher: Aurum (London)
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Great British Comics transports you through more than one hundred years of Britain’s bizarre weekly comics, newspaper strips, magazines and graphic novels from their secret origins to today’s cutting edge. On this journey you can step into the rural wonderlands of Rupert Bear and the blasted outback of Tank Girl, experience the glistening spaceships of Dan Dare and the Mega-City mean streets of Judge Dredd, and marvel at the knobbly knees of Dennis the Menace and the tight black leather of Modesty Blaise. Extraordinary, exciting, and often eccentric, many of these cartoon-strip stars have been exported and translated worldwide and adapted for radio, television, and movies, becoming timeless icons and familiar friends who accompany millions of readers during their childhoods and throughout their lives.
This engaging, lavishly illustrated survey reveals how the characters in British comics have reflected social and cultural revolutions from the nineteenth century up to the present day. With access to rarely seen artefacts and original artwork, this book also delves behind the scenes to explore the fascinating lives of the men and women who devised the comics, sometimes unnamed and unrecognised. Discover how they visualised the spirit and imagination of the nation, and how, like distorting funhouse mirrors, the panels in their comics show us our foibles, our dreams, our fears, and ourselves.
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