Demanding Respect: The Evolution of the American Comic Book (Google eBook)

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Temple University Press, Apr 7, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 260 pages
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How is it that comic books—the once reviled form of lowbrow popular culture—are now the rage for Hollywood blockbusters, the basis for bestselling video games, and the inspiration for literary graphic novels? In Demanding Respect, Paul Lopes immerses himself in the discourse and practices of this art and subculture to provide a social history of the American comic book over the last 75 years.

 

Lopes analyzes the cultural production, reception, and consumption of American comic books throughout American history. He charts the rise of superheroes, the proliferation of serials, and the emergence of graphic novels. Demanding Respect explores how comic books born in the 1930s were perceived as a “menace” in the 1950s, only to later become collectors’ items and eventually “hip” fiction in the 1980s through today.

 

Using a theoretical framework to examine the construction of comic book culture—the artists, publishers, readers and fans—Lopes explains how and why comic books have captured the public’s imagination and gained a fanatic cult following.

  

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Excellent cultural history of comic books with an eye towards sociological theory and a focus on how comics moved from marginalized sub-culture to serious art form. Read full review

Contents

Pulp Logic and the Rise of the American Comic Book
1
The Crusade Against Comic Books and the End of the Comic Book Boom
29
The Return of the Superhero and the First Comic Book Rebellion
61
Comic Book Fandom and the Mainstream Pulp Rebellion
91
Alternative Comics and a Rebellion from the Margins
121
New Movements Winning Respect and the Rise of the Graphic Novel
151
The Development of an Art Form
179
Notes
191
Index
221
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About the author (2009)

Paul Lopes is Associate Professor of Sociology at Colgate University. He is the author of The Rise of a Jazz Art World.

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