Film and Comic Books

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Ian Gordon, Mark Jancovich, Matthew P. McAllister
Univ. Press of Mississippi, Jan 6, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages
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In Film and Comic Books contributors analyze the problems of adapting one medium to another; the translation of comics aesthetics into film; audience expectations, reception, and reaction to comic book-based films; and the adaptation of films into comics.


A wide range of comic/film adaptations are explored, including superheroes (Spider-Man), comic strips (Dick Tracy), realist and autobiographical comics (American Splendor, Ghost World), and photo-montage comics (Mexico's El Santo).


Essayists discuss films beginning with the 1978 Superman. That success led filmmakers to adapt a multitude of comic books for the screen including Marvel's Uncanny X-Men, the Amazing Spider-Man, Blade, and the Incredible Hulk as well as alternative graphic novels such as From Hell, V for Vendetta, and Road to Perdition.


Essayists also discuss recent works from Mexico, France, Germany, and Malaysia.


Essays from Timothy P. Barnard, Michael Cohen, Rayna Denison, Martin Flanagan, Sophie Geoffroy-Menoux, Mel Gibson, Kerry Gough, Jonathan Gray, Craig Hight, Derek Johnson, Pascal Lef?vre, Paul M. Malone, Neil Rae, Aldo J. Regalado, Jan van der Putten, and David Wilt


Ian Gordon is associate professor of history and convenor of American studies at the National University of Singapore. Mark Jancovich is professor of film and television studies at the University of East Anglia. Matthew P. McAllister is associate professor of film, video, and media studies at Pennsylvania State University.

 

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Contents

THE PROBLEMATIC ADAPTATION OF DRAWN IMAGES
1
IN PURSUIT OF A COMIC BOOK AESTHETIC
13
FROM HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER TO DARK HORSE COMIC BOOK
37
MARVELS MUTATION FROM MONTHLIES TO MOVIES
64
RETEXTUALIZING COMIC BOOK FILM RECEPTION
86
THE BRITISH BROADSHEET PRESS AND THE XMEN FILMS AND COMIC
101
UNBREAKABLE AND THE LIMITS OF TRANSGRESSION
116
TEEN TRAJECTORIES IN SPIDERMAN AND GHOST WORLD
137
THE CASE OF A MEXICAN MULTIMEDIA HERO
199
THE APPARENT FAILURE OR POSSIBLE TRANSCENDENCE OF RALF KÖNIGS QUEER COMICS AESTHETIC IN MAYBE MAYBE NOT A...
221
THE STORY OF HANG TUAH IN FILMS AND COMICS
246
FROM COMIC BOOK NIKOPOL TRILOGY TO FILM IMMORTALS AD VITAM
268
NOTES
285
REFERENCES
297
CONTRIBUTORS
317
INDEX
321

SUPERMAN SMALLVILLE AND THE PRODUCTION OF MELODRAMA
160
TRANSLATING COMIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY INTO DRAMADOCUMENTARY
180

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About the author (2010)

Mark Jancovich is Reader and Director of the Institute of Film Studies at the University of Nottingham. Lucy Faire is a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at Loughborough University. Sarah Stubbings is a Ph.D. student in the Institute of Film Studies at the University of Nottingham.

Matthew P. McAllister is associate professor of film, video, and media studies at Pennsylvania State University.

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