The Great Comic Book Heroes

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Fantagraphics Books, 2003 - 80 pagine
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Fantagraphics is proud to publish Jules Feiffer's long out-of-print and seminal essay of comics criticism, The Great Comic Book Heroes, in a compact and affordable size. In 1965, Feiffer wrote what is arguably the first critical history of the comic book superheroes of the late 1930s and early 1940s, including Plastic Man, Batman, Superman, The Spirit and others. In the book, Feiffer writes about the unique the place of comics in the space between high and low art and the power which this space offers both the creator and reader.

The Great Comic Book Heroes is widely acknowledged to be the first book to analyze the juvenile medium of superhero comics in a critical manner, but without denying the iconic hold such works have over readers of all ages. Out of print for over 30 years, Feiffer's book discusses the role that the patriotic superhero played during World War II in shaping the public spirit of civilians and soldiers, as well as the escapist power these stories held over the zeitgeist of America. With wit and insight Feiffer discusses what the great comic book heroes meant to him as a child and later as an artist.

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Recensione dell'utente  - Timothy Boyd - Goodreads

Nice overview from a first person view of the birth of comics and the early heroes. Recommended Leggi recensione completa

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Recensione dell'utente  - TrumanCoyote - Goodreads

This was at its best when it was personal and rather lyrically whimsical (both regarding his time as a fan and as a laborer in the field). Unfortunately though--Feiffer being Feiffer--he couldn't help ... Leggi recensione completa

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Jules Feiffer is a cartoonist, playwright, children s book author and illustrator, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches a humor writing class at Stony Brook Southampton College and lives in Southampton, New York.

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