The Classic Era of American Comics
In terms of both words and images, the American comic book had a tremendous impact on popular culture. Comics could be funny and cute, or they could be bizarre, morbid, risque, violent, and bursting with the subconscious desires of youth culture. This is a celebration of the golden era of American comics and the wonderful art and stories it produced.
This volume takes a look at the pioneers of the comic book and the industry's founding connections with sleazy pulp magazines; the campaign for censorship in the fifties; the unstable and oftentimes unfair relationship between artists and publishers -- how comic artists' work wasn't considered art at the time; and, of course, the exciting comics themselves.
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