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Dallas, Keith. American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s: 1980–1989. Raleigh: TwoMorrows, 2013. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-60549-046-5
BibTeX citation key: Dallas2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Historical account, Illustrated text, USA
Creators: Dallas
Publisher: TwoMorrows (Raleigh)
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The American Comic Book Chroniclescontinues its ambitious series of full-color hardcovers, where TwoMorrows’ top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! Keith Dallas headlines this volume on the 1980s, covering all the pivotal moments and behind-the-scenes details of comics during the Reagan years! You’ll get a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends, including: The rise and fall of Jim Shooter at Marvel Comics! The ascendancy of Frank Miller as a comic book superstar with works like Daredevil, Ronin and The Dark Knight! DC Comics’ reboot with Crisis on Infinite Earths and its Renaissance with a British invasion of talent like Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, and Neil Gaiman! The emergence of Direct Market-exclusive publishers like Eclipse Comics, Pacific Comics, First Comics, Comico, Dark Horse Comics and others! These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover.Taken together, American Comic Book Chronicles forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for any comic book enthusiast!

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgements (4)
Introductory Note about the Chronological Structure of American Comic Book Chronicles (6)
Note on Comics Book Sales and Circulation Data (7)

Chapter One: 1980
Keith Dallas: Dark Phoenix and the Darkness Before The Direct Market (8)
Chapter Two: 1981
Keith Dallas: The Roy Thomas Renaissance, Royalties, and The Return Of The King (24)
Chapter Three: 1982
Keith Dallas: New Publishers, New Formats, New Talent, and New Mutants (46)
Chapter Four: 1983
Keith Dallas: Controversy Over A Proposed New Comics Code (72)
Chapter Five: 1984
Keith Dallas: Teenage Turtle Takeover (104)
Chapter Six: 1985
Jason Sacks: Crisis and Creation (128)
Chapter Seven: 1986
Jason Sacks: Watchmen and the Watchers of the Comics Industry (152)
Chapter Eight: 1987
Jim Beard: Bubbles Burst, Back to Basics (186)
Chapter Nine: 1988
Dave Dykema: Killing Jokes and Killing Calls (216)
Chapter Ten: 1989
Paul Brian McCoy: The Year of the Billionaire, the Bat, and the Brits (246)

Works Cited (279)
Index (286)

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