Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels

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At a time when graphic novels have expanded beyond their fan cults to become mainstream bestsellers and sources for Hollywood entertainment, Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels serves as an exhaustive exploration of the genre's history, its landmark creators and creations, and its profound influence on American life and culture. Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels focuses on English-language comicsa€”plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works available in Englisha€”with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s. Entries cover influential comic artists and writers such as Will Eisner, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison, major genres and themes, and specific characters, comic book imprints, and landmark titles, including the pulp noir 100 Bullets, the post-apocalyptic Y: The Last Man, the revisionist superhero drama, Identity Crisis, and more. Key franchises such as Superman and Batman are the center of a constellation of related entries that include graphic novels and other imprints featuring the same characters or material.Science fiction has also held an important place in Japanese comics, known as manga. The most famous series is Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy in the English translations), an important example of science fiction manga which first appeared inanbsp;...

Title:Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels
Author: M. Keith Booker
Publisher:ABC-CLIO - 2010-05-11

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