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Kim A. Munson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828118

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828118.001.0001

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The Renewed Focus On Comics As Art After 1970

The Renewed Focus On Comics As Art After 1970

(p.113) The Renewed Focus On Comics As Art After 1970
Comic Art in Museums
Kim A. Munson
University Press of Mississippi

This is a brief interstitial introduction by art historian Kim A. Munson describing the rediscovery of original comic art following the Pop Art movement and influential publications of the late 1960’s. A wave of large survey shows were organized that took on a more formal appearance and established a loose canon of comic artists. The National Cartoonist Society’s Cavalcade of Comics toured the US. Well reviewed shows of the early 70s included The Art of the Comic Strip (U of Maryland, 1971), The Comics as an Art Form (U of Nevada Las Vegas), and 75 Years of the Comics (New York Cultural Center). Many shows included underground comix. Comics speciality museums opened and flourished, such as the Museum of Comic Art (Rye Brook, NY, 1975), The Cartoon Art Museum (San Francisco, 1987), and the ToonSeum (Pittsburgh, 2007). Images: The Muller Comics Collection, 1976, Cartoon Art Museum, 2016.

Keywords:   Cavalcade of Comics, Underground comix, Canon of comic artists, Survey shows of comic art, Rediscovery of comic art

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