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American Newspaper Comics

An Encyclopedic Reference Guide

Allan Holtz (author)

ISBN: 9780472117567

Publication Date: Jul 2012

Format: Mixed media product

Provides the definitive reference to what critic Gilbert Seldes called the most despised, yet one of the most popular, of the lively arts. This is the first comprehensive, authoritative reference work to document the fascinating history of the American comic strip.

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From its earliest appearance in the 1890s, the newspaper comic strip has told the story of America, from the Irish ghetto of the Yellow Kid to flappers, war heroes, hippies, and today's office drones and soccer moms. American Newspaper Comics is the first comprehensive, authoritative reference work to document this fascinating history, listing over 7,000 different comic strip and cartoon features from American newspapers. While previous books have typically concentrated on the most popular comic strips and panel cartoon series, American Newspaper Comics is designed to be all-inclusive, providing detailed information on important but previously overlooked artists and features. The result of more than twenty years of meticulous research, American Newspaper Comics provides the most complete picture to date of the evolution of newspaper cartoon features and corrects misinformation that has circulated for years in other references.

American Newspaper Comics offers a wealth of information, including the start and end dates of features, their format, frequency, creators and distribution companies. The book also includes handy cross-indexes and a guide to book-length compilations of newspaper cartoons and comics. In addition, the book includes a CD with samples of more than 2,000 cartoon features, including some that may be new to even the most ardent fan or collector.
Illustrations 24 illustrations and over 3,100 color and B&W comic strips
Pages 624
Date Published 30 Jul 2012
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Subject/s Media studies  
Allan Holtz is a cartoon historian and collector whose popular blog, “Stripper's Guide,” has been running since 2005.

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