From Aargh! to Zap!: Harvey Kurtzmans Visual History of the Comics

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From Aargh! to Zap!: Harvey Kurtzmans Visual History of the Comics • USA
Country:
USA
Published:
1991
Cover:
-
Sale price:
$ 25.00
Pages:
100
ISBN-10:
0878161589
ISBN-13:
978-0878161584

Editorial

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That this is Kurtzman's history is significant; the entire book is colored by his tastes and perceptions. Kurtzman spends an inordinate amount of time on his own work: Mad magazine and the true-life war comics, both of which he created for Entertaining Comics (EC) in the 1950s; the short-lived Mad -like magazines he did after parting ways with EC; and his Little Annie Fanny strip in Playboy . Yet he is denigrating to the creators of Superman and Batman and to the underground cartoonists of the 1960s, and his look at contemporary comics tilts a bit too often toward the commercial. The illustrations are uneven--some are reproduced beautifully, others are almost illegibly fuzzy. Despite the book's size (11 15), many reproductions are very small (4 6) and hence difficult to read. Recommended only as a supplement to other comics histories; this work is neither objective, nor academic, nor complete.


- Keith R.A. DeCandido, "Library Journal"


Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc

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