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Introduction

Authored by: Aaron Meskin , Roy T Cook , Frank Bramlett

The Routledge Companion to Comics

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415729000
eBook ISBN: 9781315851334
Adobe ISBN: 9781317915386

10.4324/9781315851334.intro

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Abstract

Like many other art forms that have had to fight for acceptance as serious art within the relevant academic, institutional, and critical circles, the history of comics studies begins with works analyzing, and recording the history of, the comic art form. Many of these works were written by persons who lacked “insider” status within these academic, institutional, and critical circles. Of course, there have been exceptions, such as Gilbert Seldes and Robert Warshow’s celebrations of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat in The Seven Lively Arts (1924) and “Woofed with Dreams” (1946), respectively. But much more typical were works such as Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes (1965), Les Daniels’ Comix: A History of Comic Books in America (1971), and Trina Robbins and Catherine Yronwode’s Women and the Comics (1985), which examined the comics form from the perspective of comics professionals and comics fans.

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