Aldridge, Alan und George Perry: The Penguin Book of Comics. A Slight History. 3. Aufl. New York: Penguin, 1989. (272 S.)
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Keywords: Historical account, United Kingdom, USA
Creators: Aldridge, Perry
Publisher: Penguin (New York)
This is the story of strip cartoons since comics began, of the artists who created the characters, and of the characters who took charge of their creators. Here you’ll find the true tale of Jane and Flook, of Popeye, Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, and Li’l Abner, of Tarzan and Captain America and Peanuts, and of all of the characters who live in cages but rule the world … or the better half of it.
In this sumptuous, new and supercharged edition of a now classic book George Perry has updated the original text and Alan Aldridge has provided further evidence of his graphic brilliance and keen eye for social history. This is the book that recalls the old-time childhood magic, yet succinctly defines the new, sharp, cool power the comics exert on today’s adult world.
1 The Comics – What Can They Give Us?
Pictures as communication – the Bayeux tapestry – Hogarth – the comic strip, its form, its conventions, its style – who reads them – the strips as a mirror of our times, as entertainment, as a form of narrative art – the vision of Rodolphe Töpffer – use of the imagination (9)
2 Britain – the Comic Cuts Tradition
Ally Sloper’s Half-Holiday, the first true modern comic – the Harmsworth revolution – Weary Willie and Tired Tim – the comics’ golden age – Tiger Tim – visual style of Film Fun – the Dundee invasion – fadeout for the old comics, birth of the new – American takeover – incentive for improvement (45)
3 The American Revolution – in Comics
On with the Yellow Kid – the press war – the first true strips – George McManus – Krazy Kat, greatest strip of all – birth of New York’s Daily News – Dagwood and Blondie – Captain Patterson’s influence – Milton Caniff – Walt Kelly – essential American-ness of strips – vital function (93)
4 Whatever Happened to the Comic Book?
So long off the mark – Famous Funnies – Action Comics – Superman, first of the superheroes – Batman’s beginnings – golden age for the comic book – Wonder Woman – the denunciators – the industry defends itself – the Marvel revival – the amazing Stan Lee – the great Will Eisner (163)
5 ‘You Mean they have Newspaper Strips in Britain?’
American disbelief – late arrival of strips in British Newspapers – the pioneering Daily Mirror – Jane – Andy Capp – few American strips in Britain – Flook, developed into satire – serious competition from the Daily Express – Bristow, cumulative hilarity – a future for the funnies (199)
6 Comics and the Cultural Overflow
Developement of the strips – strips into movies – movies influenced by strips – Pop Art and what it owes to comics – strips on the stage – strips in strange media – Playboy and Private Eye – perilous future for American strip – what will happen to the British press – always a place for comics (231)
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