Comics as Culture by M. Thomas Inge

By M. Thomas Inge

Comics and cartoons are ingrained in American life.

One critic has referred to as comedian books "crude, unimaginative, banal, vulgar, eventually corrupting." they've been seemed with substantial suspicion by means of mom and dad, educators, psychiatrists, and ethical reformers. they've been investigated via governmental committees and subjected to serious censorship.

Yet greater than two hundred million copies are offered each year. Upon even informal exam BLONDIE, ARCHIE, MARY worthy, THE WIZARD OF identity, and SHOE--among the numerous comedian strips--will be discovered to aid a few regularly authorized concept or ordinary of society.

Why do comics either amuse and arouse controversy? this is an try at a solution in a sharp-eyed comic-book lover's probing examine this step-child style. He reveals comics either enjoyed and hated, relished and sneered at. of their counting on dramatic conventions of personality, discussion, scene, gesture, compressed time, and degree units, he reveals the comics with reference to the drama yet most likely nearer relatives to the movies.

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118-119. 5. See the chapter on Billy De Beck later in this volume. 6. See Jerry G. Bails, Collector's Guide: The First Heroic Age (Detroit: Panelologist Publications, 1969), p. 8, and the subtitle of the journal begun by Fred Stewart in 1978, Cartonaggio: A Journal of Bildegraphics. 7. Murray Robinson, 'Togo's Pfcpa," Collier's, 129 (8 March 1952), 20-21, 64-65. Elzie Crisler Segar, Thimble Theatre, January 1,1934 (detail). © King Features Syndicate, Inc. What's so Funny about the Comics? 15 From Mort Walker, The Lexicon ofComicana (Port Chester, NY: Museum of Cartoon Art, 1980).

Gertie lives and breathes in this film, and what is most remarkable, she has a distinct personality the charm of which works on contemporary audiences as effectively as it did over seventy years ago. Gertie, the Trained Dinosaur caused such a sensation that many historians mistakenly dated the birth of American animation with the appearance of the film. While it was not the first, it demonstrated a concept that all subsequent animators would build on, from Disney's Mickey Mouse to Ralph Bakshi's Fritz the Cat.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, (Boston: American Heritage/Houghton Mifflin, 1969), p. 568. 7. Harold Wentworth and Stuart Berg Flexner, Dictionary of American Slang, 2nd ed. (New York: Thomas Y. CroweU, 1980), pp. 338, 723, and 710. 8. Robert L. , New Dictionary of American Slang, (New York: Harper & Row, 1986), p. 244. Comics and American Language 27 Winsor McCay, Little Nemo in Slumberland, July 26,1908. This is the famous walking bed episode in which McCay anticipates surrealism.

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