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 American comic book - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Comic book sales declined with the spread of television and mass market paperback books after World War II, but regained popularity in the late 1950s and the 1960s as comic books' audience expanded to include college students who favored the naturalistic, "superheroes in the real world" trend initiated by Stan Lee at Marvel Comics.
Comic strips had been collected in hardcover book form as early as 1930 in Europe, when the Belgian comic strip Tintin was first collected in an "album" titled "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets".
These comics were published independently of the established comic book publishers and most reflected the youth counterculture and drug culture of the time.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_comic_book   (3426 words)

 New York City Comic Book Museum
The comic book industry is exploding, partly because of the success of feature films such as Spider-Man, last year's biggest moneymaker; the X-Men series that began in 2000; this month's debut of Hulk; and even the TV show Smallville, the story of Superman when he was a teen, which is the WB's second-highest rated series.
Book sales - which, with $26.8 billion in sales last year, dwarf the comics' results - have been stagnant for several years, up 5.5 percent last year and a paltry 0.6 percent in 2001.
The comic book resurgence was ushered in by the first X-Men movie, which brought in more than $150 million at the U.S. box office in 2000.
www.nyccomicbookmuseum.org /Dallas_6_28_03.htm   (1034 words)

 comic book
A comic book is a magazine or book containing the sequential art in the form of a narrative.
The earliest comic books were simply collections of comic strips that had originally been printed in newspapers.
Since the invention of the comic book format in the 1930s, the United States has been the leading producer, with only the British comic (during the inter-war period through the 1970s) and Japanese manga as close competitors in terms of quantity of titles (although, Japan outweighs America currently in overall sales by a vast margin).
www.sfcrowsnest.com /scifinder/a/Comic_book.php   (2204 words)

 Comic Book Galaxy - Pushing Comix Forward Since 2000.
American Elf is a gigantic collection, complete and unabridged, featuring five years of Kochalka's daily diary strips, giving perhaps the most complete and complex view into the head of any cartoonist who ever lived.
The true joy of the book is seeing James grow over the years, grow into his celebrity, grow into his art, grow into new roles as a Superstar, homeowner and most compellingly, as a father.
This book has five years' worth of daily comic strips by one of the best cartoonists alive, and it's a gorgeous, constantly surprising volume that you will cherish for all the years you own it.
www.comicbookgalaxy.com /081304_review.html   (701 words)

 Camelot In Four Colors: Sources and Resources: A Brief History of the American Comic Book Industry
The American comic book developed from the American newspaper comic strip in the first decades of the 20th century.
Eventually, a comics dealer and fan convention organizer named Phil Seuling convinced the major publishers to sell him comics directly, at a deep discount, but on a non-returnable basis (unlike in traditional magazine or book distribution, where unsold copies could be returned to the publisher for credit).
The surprise success of this comic not only made the creators wealthy (through licensing the characters for TV, toys, etc.), but inspired a publishing explosion of new fl and white comics, many of which would not have been deemed to be of professional and publishable quality a few years earlier.
www.camelot4colors.com /history.htm   (1168 words)

 Comic book masculinity and the new black superhero African American Review - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
At its most obvious and symbolic level, comic book masculinity characterizes for young readers a model of gender behavior that has traditionally struggled to incorporate both sides of the masquerade, yet has recently slipped into the domain of the almost exclusively hypermasculine.
My particular interest in the comic book depiction of masculinity has developed in relation to an ongoing ethnographic project dealing with the emergence of Milestone Media Inc., a fl-owned and controlled comic book publishing company launched in 1993, and the readers of its comics.
Other African American comics publishers exist, but as true independents the quality and distribution of their books are often limited by financial restrictions.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2838/is_1_33/ai_54421509   (831 words)

Comic books with original material are often said to have started around February 1935, when New Fun was issued by DC comics.
Some people would argue passionately that the first comic books were humorous Japanese illustrated woodblock print books from the 18th century, or European illustrated books from the 19th century.
Kiyama's book also does not resemble a typical modern American "comic book" in the sense that it is hardbound and over 100 pages, as opposed to the magazine-style, stapled publications of thirty or so pages popular today.
www.stonebridge.com /4Imm/firstcomic.html   (670 words)

 Comic Book Galaxy - Celebrating Five Years of Pushing Comix Forward
In terms of superhero comics, I'm interested in the idea that you may be working with characters that were exploited by companies to the detriment of their creators, particularly how young artists and writers feel about that.
The funniest thing about college and comic books was that I went to a really conservative, cliquish school down south, and I knew a lot of comic book geeks that were totally in the closet about it.
Many comics fans criticize comics as if it's understood it will soon be their turn to drive the car, the way a lot of poor people will vote as if they're rich people because they think they'll win the lottery.
www.comicbookgalaxy.com /spurgeon.html   (7957 words)

 American Indian comic book wins award : ICT [2000/05/24]
Schools carry the book in libraries and teachers are successfully using the comic in classrooms, Schmidt said.
The comic book is used by some teachers to assist teaching English as a second language.
Some use the book as a tool in history classes and other teachers were encouraged by the publisher to collaborate and have the students create stories of their own and illustrate them.
www.indiancountry.com /content.cfm?id=2555   (563 words)

 Amazon.com: Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book: Books: Jordan Raphael,Tom Spurgeon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
It does a good job with some backhistory of comics in general, with DC comics, and with the social/legislative response to comic books during the time they were regarded as a "threat to our youth".
And the book is a bit skimpy on more recent history with regard to Marvel and the movies, though that could be defended on the grounds that as the book states, Stan Lee had become a peripheal figure by then and so the shift into film is somewhat off the book's focus.
Comic books were invented in 1934 and the first superhero, Superman, debuted in 1938.
www.amazon.com /Stan-Rise-Fall-American-Comic/dp/1556525060   (2449 words)

 Amazon.com: Tales To Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution: Books: Ronin Ro   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
There are enough of these "classic" comic books that must be in the public domain by now so that he could have included them as examples for readers not as familiar with the changes these giants of the industry created.
Comic books were America's attempt at creating a cultural context, in a sense its own mythology and legends that so many older cultures have.
I found it to be a very readable entertaining book that relates the highs and low points of the modern comic book, from its inception in the late 1930s through Jack Kirby's career.
www.amazon.com /Tales-Astonish-Kirby-American-Revolution/dp/1582343454   (2572 words)

 Ron Goulart's Comic Book Culture Examined
This hefty new hardcover coffee-table art book (204 pages in a square format) gives readers a priceless glimpse into the early days of mainstream comics, in a sturdy package that you'll be able to pass on to your kids years from now.
While Goulart claims in his introduction that the book "isn't...about the sort of pictures that hang in art galleries," the fact is that many of these pieces are treasures of the artform, and quite a few qualify as works of art over and above their historical value to comics readers.
Goulart and his publishers are to be congratulated for creating a terrific tour through the early years of the artform of comics, when any story in any genre was not only possible but could reasonably be hoped to sell hundreds of thousands of copies to eager readers.
www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com /features/95932594410467.htm   (1184 words)

 Index to Comic Art Collection: "American Cod" to "American Comics Artists" (A-C Names)
Whereas publishers such as DC and Marvel, the giants of mainstream comics, are undergoing a dramatic decrease in readership, independent comics are steadily strengthening their influence in North America.
The founding father of comics was published in America earlier than has been thought and gave rise to imitators there.
Cavalcade of American Comics : a history of comic strips from 1896 to 1963.
www.lib.msu.edu /comics/rri/arri/amerco.htm   (2194 words)

 Comic Book Resources - CBR News: Manga Banzai! Jason Thompson & John Baroody talk 'Shonen Jump' success
Even Americans who are very familiar with manga have often only read it through tankobon (graphic novels), so they don't get the same experience as Japanese readers who read it in its original serialization.
Of course, the comics he's reading do include "Dragon Ball Z" and "Yu-Gi-Oh," series that many would claim are childish and as such, make "Shonen Jump" a series that is demographically limited.
The first issue of "Shonen Jump" sold over 200,000 copies and that's a number not seen often in the American comic book industry, which would imply that the series is at the very least, attracting some new readers.
www.comicbookresources.com /news/newsitem.cgi?id=1874   (3110 words)

 Native American Comic Book Debuts
Blue Corn Comics is pleased to announce PEACE PARTY, a bold new bimonthly comic.
A board of Native American experts reviews each script for accuracy and sensitivity to Native concerns.
Blue Corn Comics has pledged to donate 10% of the profits to Native organizations such as the American Indian College Fund - another unprecedented level of commitment.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/comic_books/21145   (440 words)

 Star Wars: Blogs | Rayten's Realm | The sorry state of the American comic book industry
But most american comic book sagas keep going on and on and on.
The American comic book industry should take a cue from the Japanese market, where while their comics (manga) run for years, they have definite endings and once it reaches its end, it ends for good and the title is retired.
Turns out she wasn't dead all those many years (if I'm not mistaken, she was "dead" for more than a decade in the comics) and was actually kept by the Green Goblin somewhere and her death was faked by him.
blogs.starwars.com /Rayten/29   (511 words)

 Don Markstein's Toonopedia: American Splendor
Like most Americans of his generation, Harvey Pekar read comic books as a child, but set them aside when he grew up.
Pekar saw Crumb's work on Fritz the Cat and other early creations, and came to realize that comics could be more than just children's literature.
Despite quarreling on the air with Letterman about the show's corporate masters, he was invited back repeatedly for the next two years, after which Letterman, apparently having had enough of the prickly writer, banished him from the show forever.
www.toonopedia.com /splendor.htm   (542 words)

 Comic Book America Syllabus
While comic books have traditionally been viewed as a children's genre, one with little or no value to an educated reader, the stories told in them have become increasingly complex and relevant.
Because the scholarship pertaining to comic books is sparse and scattered, we will use the Web as a tool to find, collect, and create this material.
Most of the comic books, comic book superheroes, and comic book writers and artists that we will be discussing have several Websites devoted to them.
www.wam.umd.edu /~djkay/syllabus.html   (1274 words)

 Amazon.de: Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book: English Books: Jordan Raphael,Tom Spurgeon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Amazon.de: Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book: English Books: Jordan Raphael,Tom Spurgeon
As Marvel's line grew, Lee turned to overseeing the expanding roster of titles and was gradually eased into being company figurehead, traveling the country to shill for the firm.
(2002) and also serves as a critical history of Marvel Comics as well as an overview of the rise and fall of the entire comics industry, now at a commercial nadir, selling a fraction of the number of copies it once did and existing largely, it seems, to develop fodder for blockbuster movies.
www.amazon.de /Stan-Rise-Fall-American-Comic/dp/1556525060   (661 words)

 Boing Boing: Ugly American comic book from 1958
It was produced when there was a lot of criticism of "Ugly Americans" that traveled to foreign lands and made nuiances--or worse--of themselves (unlike today ;o)).
Or is it an arrogant defense to ungrateful foreigners who should be damn happy for the American dollars being spent in their lands?
In your BB post "Ugly American comic book from 1958", [Craig Yoe asks] "It's not exactly clear who the audience is. Is it trying to educate insensitive Americans?
www.boingboing.net /2006/07/05/ugly_american_comic_.html   (312 words)

 Amazon.fr : Stan Lee: And the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book: Livres en anglais: Jordan Raphael,Tom Spurgeon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Amazon.fr : Stan Lee: And the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book: Livres en anglais: Jordan Raphael,Tom Spurgeon
Editeur : découvrez comment les clients peuvent effectuer des recherches sur le contenu de ce livre.
Stan Lee: And the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book (Broché)
www.amazon.fr /Stan-Lee-Rise-American-Comic/dp/1556525419   (687 words)

 the art of the possible: Ugly American comic book from 1958
Boing Boing tells us about the You Don't See These Sights on the Regular Tours travel comic book.
Florida professor Kenneth Osgood points out the extent to which psyops are meant to influence the American public, first, and only then the international audience, in his book Total Cold War.
Though I haven't read this book yet, Professor Osgood really makes it clear in his C-SPAN presentation, which I did catch, that George W. Bush wasn't the first president to use the government's massive resources to use propaganda against the U.S. citizens - it's been around a long, long time.
shmooth.blogspot.com /2006/07/ugly-american-comic-book-from-1958.html   (236 words)

 E-mail Article: Native American Comic Book Debuts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Article URL: http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/comic_books/21145 Title: Native American Comic Book Debuts Description: Comic Book Featuring Native Americans Announced in May Previews.
Blue Corn Comics is pleased to announce PEACE PARTY, a bold new bimonthly comic to aims to depict Native American people as they are today.
Prolific comic book story writer Paul Newman passes away.
www.suite101.com /article/send.cfm/comic_books/21145   (75 words)

 Free Comic Book Day 2006
Blackberries, The, 1901, R.H. Russell (Ties as 4th comic book)
Pore Li'l Mose, 1902, Cupples and Leon (1st satire book) (1st Cupples and Leon book)
Brown's Blue Ribbon Book of Jokes and Jingles, 1904, Brown Shoe Co. (1st comic book premium)
www.freecomicbookday.com /hf_platinum.asp   (235 words)

 NPR : Black Comic Book Superheroes
Storm, one of the key characters in the X-Men franchise.
News & Notes, August 31, 2005 · Allison Keyes traces the history and the lasting appeal of African-American comic book characters.
While superhero movies starring mainstream characters have grossed billions, adaptations of comics with fl heroes have fared less well
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=4825984   (137 words)

 Why The American Comic Book Industry Will Be Dead In 10 Years
Why The American Comic Book Industry Will Be Dead In 10 Years
AK Comics of Egypt is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with Cadbury-Adams and in future Blox chewing gum (the Middle East's favourite gum) will feature the image and competitions linked to AK characters Zein and Jalila - replacing Spider Man in the process!
Also, if you want to know why the American comic book industry will be dead within ten years, you should attend ProCon in Brighton, UK at the end of October and visit the World Comics panel event, attended by AK's UK Marketing Manager, Andrew Stephenson.
comicbookbin.com /news338.html   (216 words)

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