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The Art of the Comic Book

In this definitive study of one of popular culture's favorite genres Robert C. Harvey, a cartoonist and comics critic, traces the evolution of the comic book as a potent form of narrative art. He takes ...

Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art

Punk body adornment, the most notorious, pervasive, and celebrated of rebellious youth cultural styles, emerged in the mid-1970s and persists to the present day in various updated forms.

This luminously ...

Dance Marathons

This penetrating analysis of one of the most extraordinary fads ever to strike America details how dance marathons manifested a potent from of drama. Between the two world wars they were a phenomenon ...

Li'l Abner

Southwest literary humor and Yiddish humor collided in the ever-popular comic strip "Li'l Abner," From 1936 to 1977, when it ceased publication, this comic strip entertained, annoyed, riled, and amused ...

A Haunt of Fears

By Martin Barker
Categories: Comics Studies

Between 1949 and 1955 Britain was swept by a rising tide of panic about “American-style” or “horror” comics. The British press cried out in alarm: “Now Ban This Filth That Poisons Our Children,” ...

Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor: A Voice of America explores the comic imagination that put Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, on the map along with Hannibal, Missouri, and Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.

This first full-length ...