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The Origins of Comics – From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay - University Press of Mississippi
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The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay

Thierry Smolderen


In this book, the author presents a cultural landscape whose narrative differs in many ways from those presented by other historians of the comic strip. Rather than beginning his inquiry with the popularly accepted “sequential art” definition of the comic strip, the author instead wishes to engage with the historical dimensions that inform that definition. His goal is to understand the processes that led to the twentieth-century comic strip, the highly recognizable species of picture stories that he sees crystallizing around 1900 in the United States. Featuring close readings of the picture st ... More

Keywords: comic strip, picture stories, caricatures, humoristic illustrations, William Hogarth, Rodolphe Töpffer, Gustave Doré, artists, visual culture, satirical images

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781617031496
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thierry Smolderen, author