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A History of Underground Comics (Paperback)

Edition 20
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    In the land that time forgot, 1960s and 1970s America (Amerika to some), there once were some bold, forthright, thoroughly unashamed social commentators who said things that “couldn’t be said” and showed things that “couldn’t be shown.” They were ......more

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In the land that time forgot, 1960s and 1970s America (Amerika to some), there once were some bold, forthright, thoroughly unashamed social commentators who said things that “couldn’t be said” and showed things that “couldn’t be shown.” They were outrageous — hunted, pursued, hounded, arrested, busted, and looked down on by just about everyone in the mass media who deigned to notice them at all.

They were cartoonists — underground cartoonists. And they were some of the cleverest, most interesting social commentators of their time, as well as some of the very best artists, whose work has influenced the visual arts right up until today.

A History of Underground Comics is their story — told in their own art, in their own words, with connecting commentary and analysis by one of the very few media people who took them seriously from the start and detailed their worries, concerns and attitudes in broadcast media and, in this book, in print.

Author, Mark James Estren knew the artists, lived with and among them, analyzed their work, talked extensively with them, received numerous letters and original drawings from them — and it’s all in A History of Underground Comics. What Robert Crumb really thinks of himself and his neuroses…how Gilbert Shelton feels about Wonder Wart-Hog and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers…how Bill Griffith handled the early development of Zippy the Pinhead…where Art Spiegelman’s ideas for his Pulitzer-prize-winning Maus had their origins…and much, much more.

Who influenced these hold-nothing-sacred cartoonists? Those earlier artists are here, too. Harvey Kurtzman — famed Mad editor and an extensive contributor to A History of Underground Comics. Will Eisner of The Spirit — in his own words and drawngs. From the bizarre productions of long-ago, nearly forgotten comic-strip artists, such as Gustave Verbeek (who created 12-panel strips in six panels: you read the...

Mark James Estren is a nationally known journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner. He was named one of the “People to Watch” by Fortune magazine and is an executive producer (CBS and ABC News; also PBS). Estren was a major contributor to In a Word (Dell) and currently contributes to The Washington Post, Bottom Line newsletter group, and Journal of Animal Ethics.

Author:
Estren, Mark James
Genre:
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary
Audience:
General/trade
Edition:
20
Edition Detail:
Anniversary
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
322
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ronin Pub
Publish Date:
09/04/2012
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9781579511562
Height:
10.75 in
Wdth:
8.5 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
1.7 lb
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