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Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

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ISBN-13: 978-1604732672
ISBN-10: 1604732679
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An analysis of the production, content, and techniques of comic books and graphic novels

About the Author

Jean-Paul Gabilliet is professor of American studies at the University of Bordeaux, France.

Bart Beaty is associate professor of communication and culture at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s and Fredric Wortham and the Critique of Mass Culture. He is also the translator (with Nick Nguyen) of The System of Comics by Thierry Groensteen.

Nick Nguyen is an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario. He is also the translator (with Bart Beaty) of The System of Comics by Thierry Groensteen.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604732679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604732672
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,005,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. VanderLinden on February 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In response to the complaint that the book is not illustrated, that is not what this particular book is designed to be. Of Comics and Men is exactly what the subtitle calls it, a cultural history of American comic books. As such, it is fantastic. Every important point from the beginnings of the industry to the end of the twentieth century is touched upon, as well as examinations of the cultures of the creators and consumers of comic books.

To be fair, this is a work of academic or scholarly writing, and illustrations would have been nice to break up the density of the text. However, I must assume that the costs of licensing the appropriate images from the various media giants who now own them would have been more than a small university press could afford to do.

If you want pictures, buy the Comic Book History of Comics, it lacks the depth and rigor, but covers much the same territory as the first section of this book and does it in the medium it is telling you the history of.
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Who knew that the finest book about American comic books would be written by a French American Studies scholar? C'est vrai! Gabilliet tells the history of the American industry and explores the means by which comics are produced and distributed. For anyone seriously interested in comics as a medium, this book is a must have.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is over 300 pages long and does not have any illustrations or examples of American cartoons or comic books. None.
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