The Classic Era of American Comics

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Contemporary Books, 2000 - Art - 230 pages
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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.
-- By the mid-fifties, more than 500 different comics were being published by 35 companies, selling more than 60 million copies among them
-- All of the genres are covered in this comprehensive title -- superheroes, westerns, crime, horror, war, science fiction, girl comics, animal characters, and more
-- Vibrantly illustrated with more than 400 stunning color images and includes a foreword by Joe Kubert, editor of Sgt. Rock, illustrator of Hawkman, and producer of Fax from Sarajevo

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About the author (2000)

As a child, Nicky Wright had his first collection of comic books destroyed by his father--an experience that only fueled his passion. Since then, he has been an obsessive collector and has written several articles for "American Comic Marketplace," a leading magazine on the subject. He has also authored many books on American cars and has done the photography for rock albums, including for the Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithful, and the Animals.

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