Catalogue


Masters of American comics /
edited by John Carlin, Paul Karasik, and Brian Walker ; essay by John Carlin ; with contributions by Stanley Crouch ... [et al.].
imprint
Los Angeles : Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in association with Yale University Press, New Haven, 2005.
description
316, [12] p. : ill. (some col.)
ISBN
030011317X (cloth : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Los Angeles : Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in association with Yale University Press, New Haven, 2005.
isbn
030011317X (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
"This catalogue was published in conjunction with Masters of American Comics, an exhibition jointly organized by The Hammer Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles"--T.p. verso.
Exhibition held at Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Nov. 20, 2005-Mar. 12, 2006; Milwaukee Art Museum, Boston, Apr. 27-Aug. 20, 2006; the Jewish Museum and the Newark Museum, Sept. 15, 2006-Jan. 2, 2007.
catalogue key
5631893
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2005-10-03:
This ambitious new book from Yale accompanies an exhibition of the same title debuting this fall at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Both focus on the 15 "Masters" of American comics, including George Herriman, Jack Kirby and R. Crumb. Well known figure like Jules Feiffer, Pete Hamill and Matt Groening, among others, contribute essays on each of the artists. These are complemented by a 175-page essay by Carlin, "Art History of 20th Century American Comics." Unfortunately, this essay is a disorganized and overly academic attempt to tell the story of comics through just these 15 artists, with little context for their achievements, thus failing to elucidate what makes them so special. Going too far the other way, the individual essays vary wildly in depth and intent. Jonathan Safran Foer's piece is little more than a memory of his friendship with Art Spiegelman, while Brian Walker casts much needed light on Lyonel Feininger's little known cartooning career. If the book is an uneven example of scholarship, it will still deserve a place on the comics reference table for the lavish number of full-color pages celebrating the glorious achievements of the cartoonists profiled. They show what the text sometimes doesn't: the vital impact these artists have had on the form. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"The most important recent book about comics..".W"hen the text is itself a work of art, that's an unexpected bonus."
"The most important recent book about comics ...W hen the text is itself a work of art, that's an unexpected bonus."
�The most important recent book about comics...When the text is itself a work of art, that�s an unexpected bonus.�
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Summaries
Main Description
Comic strips and comic books were among the most popular and influential forms of mass media in 20thcentury America. This fascinating book focuses on fifteen pioneering cartoonistsranging from Winsor McCay to Chris Warewho brought this genre to the highest level of artistic expression and who had the greatest impact on the development of the form. Organized chronologically,Masters of American Comicsexplores the rise of newspaper comic strips and comic books and considers their artistic development throughout the century. Presenting a wide selection of original drawings as well as progressive proofs, vintage printed Sunday pages, and comic books themselves, the authors also look at how the art of comics was transformed by artistic innovation as well as by changes in popular taste, economics, and printing conventions. First appearing in newspaper Sunday supplements, the comic strip became immediately successful and created the largest audience of any medium of its time. The comic book first began as a way to print existing newspaper comics, then subsequently established the mass popularity of superheroes in the 1940s and 1950s before it matured as a vehicle for independent personal expression in the underground comic books and graphic novels of the 1960s. Included in the book are insightful and entertaining essays on individual artists written by major figures in the fields of comics, narrative illustration, literature, popular culture, and art history.Masters of American Comicsconvincingly positions the genre of comics into the history of art and is destined to become a classic text for years to come.
Main Description
Comic strips and comic books were among the most popular and influential forms of mass media in 20thcentury America. This fascinating book focuses on fifteen pioneering cartoonists--ranging from Winsor McCay to Chris Ware--who brought this genre to the highest level of artistic expression and who had the greatest impact on the development of the form.Organized chronologically, Masters of American Comics explores the rise of newspaper comic strips and comic books and considers their artistic development throughout the century. Presenting a wide selection of original drawings as well as progressive proofs, vintage printed Sunday pages, and comic books themselves, the authors also look at how the art of comics was transformed by artistic innovation as well as by changes in popular taste, economics, and printing conventions.First appearing in newspaper Sunday supplements, the comic strip became immediately successful and created the largest audience of any medium of its time. The comic book first began as a way to print existing newspaper comics, then subsequently established the mass popularity of superheroes in the 1940s and 1950s before it matured as a vehicle for independent personal expression in the underground comic books and graphic novels of the 1960s.Included in the book are insightful and entertaining essays on individual artists written by major figures in the fields of comics, narrative illustration, literature, popular culture, and art history. Masters of American Comics convincingly positions the genre of comics into the history of art and is destined to become a classic text for years to come.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume focuses on 15 pioneering cartoonists who brought the genre to the highest level of artistic expression and who had an impact on the development of the form. The authors also look at how the art of comics was transformed by artistic innovation, as well as by changes in popular taste.
Table of Contents
Masters of American comics : an art history of twentieth-century American comic strips and booksp. 24
Winsor McCay : the master's handp. 176
Lyonel Feininger : lightning at the crossroadsp. 186
George Herriman : blues for Krazy Katp. 194
E. C. Segar : Segar's Popeyep. 202
Frank King : Walt Wallet lives!p. 210
Chester Gould : villainyp. 220
Milton Caniffp. 228
Charles M. Schulzp. 238
Will Eisner : Eisner by Pettibonp. 246
Jack Kirby : lo, from the demon shall come - the public dreamer!!!p. 258
Harvey Kurtzman : Harvey Kurtzman's hysterical materialismp. 268
R. Crumb : it's only lines on paperp. 278
Art Spiegelman : breakdownablep. 290
Gary Panter : genius and palp. 300
Chris Warep. 308
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