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The Comic Book Film AdaptationExploring Modern Hollywood's Leading Genre$
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Liam Burke

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462036

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462036.001.0001

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How to Adapt Comics the Marvel Way

How to Adapt Comics the Marvel Way

(p.228) Chapter Five How to Adapt Comics the Marvel Way
The Comic Book Film Adaptation

Liam Burke

University Press of Mississippi

Moving beyond the language of comics to wider conventions, Chapter Five considered the approaches adopted by filmmakers to achieve the heightened realism of comics. Among the strategies employed to meet this genre expectation were dynamic framing and composition, expressionistic performances, exaggerated frozen moments, and concise, often stereotypical, character types. These conventions are so heavily influenced by comic books that they could have come from Stan Lee and John Buscema’s 1978 instructional art book How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way.

Keywords:   Language of Comics, Heightened Realism, Dynamic Framing, Expressionistic Performances, Marvel Way

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