Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas [4 volumes]: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas

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M. Keith Booker
ABC-CLIO, Oct 28, 2014 - Social Science - 1921 pages

Comics and graphic novels have recently become big business, serving as the inspiration for blockbuster Hollywood movies such as the Iron Man series of films and the hit television drama The Walking Dead. But comics have been popular throughout the 20th century despite the significant effects of the restrictions of the Comics Code in place from the 1950s through 1970s, which prohibited the depiction of zombies and use of the word "horror," among many other rules. Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas provides students and general readers a one-stop resource for researching topics, genres, works, and artists of comic books, comic strips, and graphic novels.

The comprehensive and broad coverage of this set is organized chronologically by volume. Volume 1 covers 1960 and earlier; Volume 2 covers 1960–1980; Volume 3 covers 1980–1995; and Volume 4 covers 1995 to the present. The chronological divisions give readers a sense of the evolution of comics within the larger contexts of American culture and history. The alphabetically arranged entries in each volume address topics such as comics publishing, characters, imprints, genres, themes, titles, artists, writers, and more. While special attention is paid to American comics, the entries also include coverage of British, Japanese, and European comics that have influenced illustrated storytelling of the United States or are of special interest to American readers.


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I only read a very small part of this work on line, but the three excerpts I read were sufficiently erroneous that I would not invest in this book. It wrongly attributes MAD Magazine's famous parody of The Godfather to Jack Davis when Davis had nothing to do with it, it was drawn by Mort Drucker. It credits Al Feldstein with hiring Drucker, when the story of Nick Meglin's discovery of Drucker is well known to MAD fans.
I spotted these errors because I happen to know about MAD Magazine; I would be reluctant to rely on this book to educate in areas where I am not expert


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M. Keith Booker is professor of English and director of the Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Arkansas.

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