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British Comics

Author: James Chapman

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861899620

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 303

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In this entertaining cultural history of British comic papers and magazines, James Chapman shows how comics were transformed in the early twentieth century from adult amusement to imaginative reading matter for children. Beginning with the first British comic, Ally Sloper—known as “A Selection, Side-splitting, Sentimental, and Serious, for the Benefit of Old Boys, Young Boys, Odd Boys generally, and even Girls”—British Comics goes on to describe the heyday of comics in the 1950s and ’60s, when titles such as School Friend and Eagle sold a million copies a week. Chapman also analyzes the major genres, including schoolgirl fantasies and sports and war stories for boys; the development of a new breed of violent comics in the 1970s, including the controversial Action and 2000AD; and the attempt by American publisher, Marvel, to launch a new hero for the British market in the form of Captain Britain. Considering the work of important contemporary comic writers such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Ian Edginton, Warren Ellis, and Garth Ennis, Chapman’s history comes right up to the present and takes in adult-oriented comics such as Warrior, Crisis, Deadline,and Revolver, and alternative comics such as Viz. Through a look at the changing structure of the comic publishing industry and how comic publishers, writers, and artists have responded to the tastes of their consumers, Chapman ultimately argues that British comics are distinctive and different from American, French, and Japanese comics. An invaluable reference for all comic collectors and fans in Britain and beyond, British Comics showcases the major role comics have played in the imaginative lives of readers young and old.
British Comics
Language: en
Pages: 303
Authors: James Chapman
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-12-01 - Publisher: Reaktion Books

In this entertaining cultural history of British comic papers and magazines, James Chapman shows how comics were transformed in the early twentieth century from adult amusement to imaginative reading matter for children. Beginning with the first British comic, Ally Sloper—known as “A Selection, Side-splitting, Sentimental, and Serious, for the Benefit
Masters of British Comic Art
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: David Roach
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-07 - Publisher: Rebellion

This wildly entertaining and educational tome is a journey through the history of British comics - from the birth of the 20th century to the 80s invasion of American comics by the likes of Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons and Kevin O’Neil (to name but a few), right up to today’s
The British Comic Book Invasion
Language: en
Pages: 281
Authors: Jochen Ecke
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-12-06 - Publisher: McFarland

What makes a successful comics creator? How can storytelling stay exciting and innovative? How can genres be kept vital? Writers and artists in the highly competitive U.S. comics mainstream have always had to explore these questions but they were especially pressing in the 1980s. As comics readers grew older they
Great British Comics
Language: en
Pages: 190
Authors: Paul Gravett, Peter Stanbury
Categories: Humor
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

A history of Britain's weekly comics, newspaper strips, magazines and graphic novels showing how their characters have reflected social and cultural revolutions from the 19th century up to the present day.
The Treasury of British Comics Presents: The Tom Paterson Collection
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Keith Richardson
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-11-25 - Publisher: 2000 AD

A hardback collection of some of the funniest strips in British comics, from legendary humour cartoonist Tom Paterson! Scottish artist Tom Paterson is one of the most inventive and influential cartoonists British comics have produced. Inspired by the work of George Martin, Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid, Tom became a