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A complete history of American comic books

Author: Shirrel Rhoades
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is an updated history of the American comic book by an industry insider. You'll follow the development of comics from the first appearance of the comic book format in the Platinum Age of the 1930s to the creation of the superhero genre in the Golden Age, to the current period, where comics flourish as graphic novels and blockbuster movies. Along the way you will meet the hustlers, hucksters, hacks, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Shirrel Rhoades
ISBN: 9781433101076 1433101076 9781433101106 1433101106
OCLC Number: 175290005
Description: xi, 353 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: history of the comic book world --
The platinum age: the first comics --
The golden age: the first superheroes --
Seduction of the innocent: a comics witch hunt --
The silver age: a new kind of superhero --
The bronze age: the return of superheroes --
The modern age: darker knights --
Comic wars: the battle over Marvel --
The postmodern age: a new day for comics --
Collecting comic books for fun and (maybe) profit --
Afterword: comics in education, education in comics / Steve Geppi --
Comics milestones: a no-brains-required summary --
Comics industry profiles: fanboys who made it happen --
Cranking up the time machine: a comics industry timeline --
Gadzooks: a comics glossary --
Comic book quiz --
Comic book quiz: answers.
Responsibility: Shirrel Rhoades ; afterword by Steve Geppi.
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"This book is an updated history of the American comic book by an industry insider. You'll follow the development of comics from the first appearance of the comic book format in the Platinum Age of the 1930s to the creation of the superhero genre in the Golden Age, to the current period, where comics flourish as graphic novels and blockbuster movies. Along the way you will meet the hustlers, hucksters, hacks, and visionaries who made the American comic book what it is today. It's an exciting journey, filled with mutants, changelings, atomized scientists, gamma-ray accidents, and supernaturally empowered heroes and villains who challenge the imagination and spark the secret identities lurking within us."--Jacket.

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"One part history and one part how-to add up to a book that really puts the `Pow' back into comics." (Joe Quesada, Editor-in-Chief, Marvel Comics) "Shirrel Rhoades reflects on his journey through the Read more...

 
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