The Comics Journal Library

The Comics Journal Library

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The Comics Journal Library series is the most comprehensive series of lavishly illustrated interviews conducted with cartoonists ever published. To celebrate our republication of the legendary EC line, we proudly present the first of a two-volume set of interviews with the artists and writers (and publisher!) who made EC great. Included in the first volume: career-spanning conversations with EC legends Will Elder, John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman, and Al Feldstein, as well as short interviews with EC short-timers Frank Frazetta and Joe Kubert. Also: EC Publisher William Gaines on his infamous Senate subcommittee testimony, and probing conversations between Silver Age cartoonist Gil Kane and Harvey Kurtzman, as well as contemporary alternative cartoonist Sam Henderson and MAD great Al Jaffee. Part of what made EC the best publisher in the history of mainstream comics was some of the most beautiful drawing ever published in comic books, and every interview is profusely illustrated by pertinent examples of the work under discussion.Although comics were hugely popular and widely read by World War II and Korean War GIs, the fiction was maintained throughout the a#39;50s that the average comic-book reader was still only 8 years old. From their inception, comic books were looked down upon by much of American society. They cost only 10Ac and were often thrown away after reading. Many teachers regarded comic-book reading as a detriment to genuine literacy. The theory was that kids who read comic books wouldanbsp;...

Title:The Comics Journal Library
Author: Gary Groth, Michael Dean
Publisher:Fantagraphics Books - 2013-12-06

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