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The Other 1980s

Reframing Comics' Crucial Decade

Brannon Costello (editor) Brian Cremins (editor)
Maaheen Ahmed (Contributions by)
Jos?® Alaniz (Contributions by)
Jonathan Alexandratos (Contributions by)
Peter Cullen Bryan (Contributions by)
Jeremy Carnes (Contributions by)
Blair Davis (Contributions by)
Andrew Hoberek (Contributions by)
Robert Hutton (Contributions by)
Aaron Kashtan (Contributions by)
Meg King (Contributions by)
Andrew J. Kunka (Contributions by)
Shiamin Kwa (Contributions by)
Isabelle Licari-Guillaume (Contributions by)
Rachel Miller (Contributions by)
Alex B. Smith (Contributions by)
Paul Williams (Contributions by)
Daniel F. Yezbick (Contributions by)
James Zeigler (Contributions by)

ISBN: 9780807171332

Publication Date: Jun 2021

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Fans and scholars have long regarded the 1980s as a significant turning point in the history of comics in the United States, but most critical discussions of the period still focus on books from prominent creators. This volume offers a more complicated and multivalent picture of this robust era of ambitious comics publishing.
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Fans and scholars have long regarded the 1980s as a significant turning point in the history of comics in the United States, but most critical discussions of the period still focus on books from prominent creators such as Frank Miller, Alan Moore, and Art Spiegelman, eclipsing the work of others who also played a key role in shaping comics as we know them today. The Other 1980s: Reframing Comics' Crucial Decade offers a more complicated and multivalent picture of this robust era of ambitious comics publishing.

The twenty essays in The Other 1980s illuminate many works hailed as innovative in their day that have nonetheless fallen from critical view, partly because they challenge the contours of conventional comics studies scholarship: open-ended serials that eschew the graphic-novel format beloved by literature departments; sprawling superhero narratives with no connection to corporate universes; offbeat and abandoned experiments by major publishers, including Marvel and DC; idiosyncratic and experimental independent comics; unusual genre exercises filtered through deeply personal sensibilities; and oft-neglected offshoots of the classic "underground" comics movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The collection also offers original examinations of the ways in which the fans and critics of the day engaged with creators and publishers, establishing the groundwork for much of the contemporary critical and academic discourse on comics.

By uncovering creators and works long ignored by scholars, The Other 1980s revises standard histories of this major period and offers a more nuanced understanding of the context from which the iconic comics of the 1980s emerged.
Illustrations 35 halftones, 11 line drawings, dispersed
Pages 366
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2021
Publisher LSU Press
Subject/s Popular culture   Fiction   Illustration & commercial art   Publishing industry  
Brannon Costello is the James F. Cassidy Professor of English at Louisiana State University. His books include Neon Visions: The Comics of Howard Chaykin and the coedited volume Comics and the U.S. South.

Brian Cremins is professor of English at Harper College and the author of Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia. He serves as an associate editor for INKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society.

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