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Comic Book Century: The History of American Comic Books

by Stephen Krensky

Published by (People's History) Twenty-First Century Books, 2008
112 pages
ISBN: 978-0822566540

Age 10 and older

Stephen Krensky’s history of comics publishing in the United States during the twentieth century gives young readers an intriguing perspective on this high-interest topic. Noting that comics, like popular culture in general, not only reflect the times in which they were (and are) created but also offer reflection and commentary upon them, Krensky connects what was happening in comics publishing—and often in the comic storylines themselves—to the broader social and political history of the United States. While always coming back to the readers of many ages to whom comics have appealed, and the characters and storylines that inspired devotion, Krensky illuminates the relationship between comics and society. He starts with comic strips and early bound volumes of the 1920s and early 1930s, moves into to the golden age of comics stretching from the late 1930s through World War II, and then chronicles the backlash against comics during the Cold War, struggling times during the 1960s, and the resurgence of comics—and innovation in the field--in the latter part of the twentieth century. Dynamic visual elements further energize a volume offering x-ray insight into this form of artistic and cultural expression. (MS) ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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