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Lefèvre, Pascal. "Sports Most Prominently Featured in Belgian Graphic Narratives and in Belgian Society (1954–1964)." European Studies in Sports History 11. (2018): 99–122. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: 2018w
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Categories: General
Keywords: Belgium, Sports, Themes and motives
Creators: Lefèvre
Collection: European Studies in Sports History
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This empirical study aims to quantify the relative importance of different sports in certain types of comics from the period 1954 to 1964-including both language traditions in Belgian graphic narratives, Francophone and Flemish. The evolution of these sports as depicted in comics is contextualized within the evolution of sport in wider Belgian society: their popularity (whether as spectator or participatory sports) and how they played a role in as indicators of class distinction. One of the conclusions of this exploratory research is that comics should be considered as a mirror that distorts historical social reality: in comics some aspects of reality disappear, while other aspects are strongly magnified. For instance football, the most popular sport among Belgians and in the media at that time, received relatively limited attention in comics published in Belgium. Motor racing, on the other hand, which was far less present in Belgian media, took pole position among the sports represented (think of the successful series Michel Vaillant).
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