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Openness of ComicsGenerating Meaning within Flexible Structures$
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Maaheen Ahmed

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496805935

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496805935.001.0001

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Adventure and Superheroes

Adventure and Superheroes

(p.54) Chapter Two Adventure and Superheroes
Openness of Comics

Maaheen Ahmed

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter begins with one of the earliest consecutive comics adventure stories to be published, namely Hugo Pratt’s La Ballade de la mersalée.Analyses of Dave McKean and Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum and Neil Gaiman’sSandman: Preludes and Nocturnes then explore how conventions of the typical superhero adventure that have characterized American comics since the 1930s are overturned. The analysis of Edmond Baudoin’sLe Voyage, where the adventures develop in the interlinked internal and external worlds of the protagonist, highlights the scope of meaning harbored in abstract imagery. Since, like Voyage, the adventures in Sandman and Arkhamunfold on more psychological than physical terms, the analyses of the last three comics illustrate the inclination towards more complex subject matter in more comics since the 1980s.

Keywords:   Adventure, Hugo Pratt, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Edmond Baudoin

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