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The Rise of the American Comics Artist
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The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

Paul Williams and James Lyons

Abstract

Starting in the mid-1980s, a talented set of comics artists changed the comic-book industry in the United States forever by introducing adult sensibilities and aesthetic considerations into popular genres such as superhero comics and the newspaper strip. Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen (1987) revolutionized the former genre in particular. During this same period, underground and alternative genres began to garner critical acclaim and media attention beyond comics-specific outlets, as best represented by Art Spiegelman’s Maus. Pub ... More

Keywords: comics artists, comic-book industry, superhero comics, newspaper strip, Frank Miller, Batman, Dave Gibbons, aesthetics, Scott McCloud, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604737929
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737929.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Williams, editor

James Lyons, editor

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Contents

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I: Marketing Creators

II: Demo-Graphics: Comics and Politics

III: Artists or Employees?

IV: Creative Difference: Comics Creators and Identity Politics

V: Authorizing Comics: How Creators Frame the Reception of Comic Texts

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