Comics as culture

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University Press of Mississippi, 1990 - Antiques & Collectibles - 177 pages
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Comics and cartoons are ingrained in American life. One critic has called comic books crude, unimaginative, banal, vulgar, ultimately corrupting. They have been regarded with considerable suspicion by parents, educators, psychiatrists, and moral reformers. They have been investigated by governmental committees and subjected to severe censorship. Yet more than 200 million copies are sold annually. Upon even casual examination BLONDIE, ARCHIE, MARY WORTH, THE WIZARD OF ID, and SHOEamong the many comic stripswill be found to support some commonly accepted notion or standard of society. Why do comics both amuse and arouse controversy? Here is an attempt at an answer in a sharp-eyed comic-book lovers probing look at this step-child genre. He finds comics both loved and hated, relished and sneered at. In their relying on dramatic conventions of character, dialogue, scene, gesture, compressed time, and stage devices, he finds the comics close to the drama but probably closer kin to

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M. THOMAS INGE is the Robert Emory Blackwell Professor of English and Humanities at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he teaches courses in American culture, film, humor, animation, and literature. He was the editor of the first two editions of the Handbook of American Popular Culture (Greenwood Press). More recent publications include Comics as 2~lture, William Faulkner: The Contemporary Reviews, Conversations with William Faulkner, and Charles M. Schulz: Conversations. His essays have appeared in such publications as PMLA, American Literature, Faulkner Journal, Studies in American Humor, and World Literature Review.