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Author Harvey, Robert C.
Title The art of the funnies : an aesthetic history / Robert C. Harvey.
Imprint Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [1994]

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Author Harvey, Robert C.
Series Studies in popular culture
Studies in popular culture (Jackson, Miss.)
Subject Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource (vii, 252 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-247) and index.
Summary The comic strip was created by rival newspapers of the Hearst and the Pulitzer organizations as a device for increasing circulation. In the United States it quickly became an institution that soon spread worldwide as a favorite form of popular culture. What made the comic strip so enduring? This fascinating study by one of the few comics critics to develop sound critical principles by which to evaluate the comics as works of art and literature unfolds the history of the funnies and reveals the subtle art of how the comic strip blends words and pictures to make its impact. Together, these create meaning that neither conveys by itself. The Art of The Funnies offers a critical vocabulary for the appreciation of the newspaper comic strip as an art form and shows that full awareness of the artistry comes from considering both the verbal and the visual elements of the medium. The techniques of creating a comic strip - breaking down the narrative, composition of the panel, planning the layout - have remained constant since comic strips were originated. Since 1900 with Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland key cartoonists have relied on the union of words and pictures to give the funnies their continuing appeal. This art has persisted in such milestone achievements as Bud Fisher's Mutt and Jeff, George McManus's Bringing Up Father, Sidney Smith's The Gumps, Roy Crane's Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy, Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie, Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, Zack Mosley's Smilin' Jack, Harold Foster's Tarzan, Alex Raymond's Secret Agent X-9, Jungle Jim, and Flash Gordon, Milton Caniff's Terry and the Pirates, E.C. Segar's Popeye, George Herriman's Krazy Kat, and Walt Kelly's Pogo. In more recent times with Mort Walker's Beetle Bailey, Charles Schulz's Peanuts. Johnny Hart's B.C., T.K. Ryan's Tumbleweeds, Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury, and Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, the artform has evolved with new developments, yet the aesthetics of the funnies remain basic. The Art of The Funnies unearths new information and weighs the influence of syndication upon the medium. Though the funnies go in ever new directions, perceiving the interdependency of words and pictures, as this book shows, remains the key to understanding the art.
Contents The aesthetics of the comics: a preamble through history and form -- Somnambulist of a vanished dream: Winsor McCay's exploration of the medium's potential -- Establishing the daily comic strip: the thematic choruses of Bud Fisher and George McManus -- Continuity and syndication: the popularity and proliferation of comic strips -- A flourish of trumpets: Roy Crane and the adventure strip -- The captain and the comics: how a noncartoonist shaped the medium -- Exoticism made real: the advent of illustrators -- Redefining the art: Milton Caniff and Terry and the dragon lady -- What this country needed was a good segar: Popeye and the Great Depression -- Peddlers and poets: the lyric clowns who captivated the intelligentsia -- Of infinite jest: the dawn of the modern comic strip -- Meanwhile : an ending to begin with.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note Description based on print version record.
ISBN 0585214212 (electronic bk.)
9780585214214 (electronic bk.)
0878056742 (pbk.)
9780878056743 (pbk.)
OCLC # 44965289
Additional Format Print version: Harvey, Robert C. Art of the funnies. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©1994 0878056122 (DLC) 93045937 (OCoLC)29564130
Table of Contents
Ch. 1The Aesthetics of the Comics: A Preamble through History and Form3
Ch. 2Somnambulist of a Vanished Dream: Winsor McCay's Exploration of the Medium's Potential21
Ch. 3Establishing the Daily Comic Strip: The Thematic Choruses of Bud Fisher and George McManus35
Ch. 4Continuity and Syndication: The Popularity and Proliferation of Comic Strips60
Ch. 5A Flourish of Trumpets: Roy Crane and the Adventure Strip70
Ch. 6The Captain and the Comics: How a Noncartoonist Shaped the Medium92
Ch. 7Exoticism Made Real: The Advent of Illustrators116
Ch. 8Redefining the Art: Milton Caniff and Terry and the Dragon Lady138
Ch. 9What This Country Needed Was a Good Segar: Popeye and the Great Depression159
Ch. 10Peddlers and Poets: The Lyric Clowns Who Captivated the Intelligentsia171
Ch. 11Of Infinite Jest: The Dawn of the Modern Comic Strip202
 Meanwhile...: An Ending to Begin With239

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