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Movie Comics

Page to Screen/Screen to Page

Blair Davis (author)

ISBN: 9780813572253

Publication Date: Nov 2016

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Adaptations of comics have been an integral part of American cinema from its very inception. Movie Comics is the first book to study the long history of both comics-to-film and film-to-comics adaptations. With a special focus on the Classical Hollywood era, Blair Davis investigates the factors that spurred this media convergence.
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As Christopher Nolan's Batman films and releases from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have regularly topped the box office charts, fans and critics alike might assume that the comic book movie is a distinctly twenty-first-century form. Yet adaptations of comics have been an integral part of American cinema from its very inception, with comics characters regularly leaping from the page to the screen and cinematic icons spawning comics of their own.

Movie Comics is the first book to study the long history of both comics-to-film and film-to-comics adaptations, covering everything from silent films starring Happy Hooligan to sound films and serials featuring Dick Tracy and Superman to comic books starring John Wayne, Gene Autry, Bob Hope, Abbott Costello, Alan Ladd, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. With a special focus on the Classical Hollywood era, Blair Davis investigates the factors that spurred this media convergence, as the film and comics industries joined forces to expand the reach of their various brands. While analyzing this production history, he also tracks the artistic coevolution of films and comics, considering the many formal elements that each medium adopted and adapted from the other.

As it explores our abiding desire to experience the same characters and stories in multiple forms, Movie Comics gives readers a new appreciation for the unique qualities of the illustrated page and the cinematic moving image.

Reviews

"An enlightening, scholarly history … Davis treats his topic seriously while also celebrating the pleasures of these two lively arts."
- Publishers Weekly

"There is a lot to learn from this book, both for the history of comicstrip and comicbook characters and the way they were depicted in the movies and TV... As a research book into the subject, this is a must." - SFcrowsnest
Illustrations 36 colour, 14 b&w photographs
Pages 256
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2016
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Art forms   Media studies   Fiction   Film theory & criticism   Graphic design  
Blair Davis is an assistant professor of media and cinema studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is the author of The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-Budget Cinema (Rutgers University Press) and coeditor of Rashomon Effects: Kurosawa, Rashomon, and Their Legacies.

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