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Davis, Blair. Movie Comics: Page to screen/screen to page. New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 2016. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-8135-7226-0
BibTeX citation key: Davis2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: Adaptation, Film, Film adaptation, Historical account
Creators: Davis
Publisher: Rutgers Univ. Press (New Brunswick)
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As Christopher Nolan’s Batman films and releases from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have regularly topped the box office charts, fans and critics alike might assume that the comic book movie is a distinctly twenty-first-century form. Yet adaptations of comics have been an integral part of American cinema from its very inception, with comics characters regularly leaping from the page to the screen and cinematic icons spawning comics of their own. Movie Comics is the first book to study the long history of both comics-to-film and film-to-comics adaptations, covering everything from silent films starring Happy Hooligan to sound films and serials featuring Dick Tracy and Superman to comic books starring John Wayne, Gene Autry, Bob Hope, Abbott & Costello, Alan Ladd, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. With a special focus on the Classical Hollywood era, Blair Davis investigates the factors that spurred this media convergence, as the film and comics industries joined forces to expand the reach of their various brands. While analyzing this production history, he also tracks the artistic coevolution of films and comics, considering the many formal elements that each medium adopted and adapted from the other. As it explores our abiding desire to experience the same characters and stories in multiple forms, Movie Comics gives readers a new appreciation for the unique qualities of the illustrated page and the cinematic moving image.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (ix)

Introduction (1)
Happy Hooligan, Buster Brown, Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, Charlie Chaplin, Film Fun, The Kinema Comic

1. 1930s Comics-to-Film Adaptations (13)
Skippy, Little Orphan Annie, Harold Teen, Popeye, Funny Page, Tailspin Tommy, Ace Drummond, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Jungle Jim, Dick Tracy, Blondie
2. 1930s Cinema and Comics (53)
Mickey Mouse, Big Little Books, Tim McCoy, Police Car 17, Famous Funnies, Jumbo Comics, Action Comics, Marvel Comics, Motion Picture Funnies Weekly, Movie Comics
3. 1940s Comics-to-Film Adaptations (88)
Superman (1941), Captain Marvel, Batman, Captain America, Terry and the Pirates, Don Winslow, Red Ryder, Superman (1948), Dick Tracy, Tillie the Toiler, Joe Palooka
4. 1940s Cinema and Comics (123)
Superman meets Orson Welles, Walt Disney Comics and Stories, Four Color, Cinema Comics Herald, Graphic Little Theater, Gene Autry, The Adventures of Alan Ladd, John Wayne Adventure Comics
5. 1950s Comics-to-Film and Television Adaptations (165)
Atom Man vs. Superman, Blackhawk, Jungle Jim, Prince Valiant, The Sad Sack, L’il Abner, The Spirit, Dick Tracy, Fearless Fosdick, Flash Gordon, Terry and the Pirates, Blondie, Dennis the Menace, Steve Canyon, Adventures of Superman, Superpup
6. 1950s Cinema, Television, and Comics (201)
Howdy Doody, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, Milton Berle, Tee and Vee Crosley in Television Land Comics, Fredric Wertham, Movie Love, Motion Picture Comics, Dell Four Color, Bob Hope, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Hopalong Cassidy, Dale Evans, Hollywood Film Stories, Hollywood Diary, Hollywood Confessions, Starlet O’Hara

Conclusion: The 1960s and Beyond (243)
The Phantom, Archie, Batman, Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel Super Special

Notes (253)
Select Bibliography (279)
Index (285)

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