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The Superhero Reader$
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Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038068

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001

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The Great Comic Book Heroes

The Great Comic Book Heroes

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(p.30) The Great Comic Book Heroes
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The Superhero Reader
Author(s):

Jules Feffer

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0004

This chapter presents an excerpt from Jules Feiffer’s pioneering study The Great Comic Book Heroes (1965), which offers a fledgling cartoonist’s account of the early days of the comic book industry. Like Feiffer many of the early comic book creators, including Siegel and Shuster, were teens or young adults when they joined the burgeoning industry in the 1930s and 1940s. The account brings to life the youthful enthusiasm of this first generation of comic book artists and the excitement of working in a new art form that was developing its own visual language and techniques.

Keywords:   comics, comic book industry, cartoonists, comic book artists

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