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By M. Thomas Inge

Comics and cartoons are ingrained in American life.

One critic has referred to as comedian books "crude, unimaginative, banal, vulgar, finally corrupting." they've been appeared with massive suspicion by means of mom and dad, educators, psychiatrists, and ethical reformers. they've been investigated through governmental committees and subjected to serious censorship.

Yet greater than 2 hundred million copies are offered each year. Upon even informal exam BLONDIE, ARCHIE, MARY worthy, THE WIZARD OF identity, and SHOE--among the numerous comedian strips--will be came across to aid a few as a rule authorized thought or general of society.

Why do comics either amuse and arouse controversy? here's an try out at a solution in a sharp-eyed comic-book lover's probing examine this step-child style. He reveals comics either enjoyed and hated, relished and sneered at. of their counting on dramatic conventions of personality, discussion, scene, gesture, compressed time, and degree units, he reveals the comics with reference to the drama yet most likely nearer relatives to the movies.

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Newspaper Enterprise Association. What's so Rinny about the Comics? 9 Milton Caniff; self-portrait. Caniff is surrounded by characters from Terry and the Pirates. © Tribune Media Services. masked cowboy The Lone Ranger (drawn by Charles Flanders), Harold Foster's grand contribution to the Arthurian romance Prince Valiant, Alfred Andriola's well crafted detective stories in Charlie Chan and Kerry Drake, Roy Crane's second contribution to the tradition with a World War II setting Buz Sawyer, and Will Eisner's gently satiric and impressively rendered masterpiece of crime fiction The Spirit.

Inspired by several flip-books brought home by his son, McCay proceeded to create single-handedly animation as we know it—fully developed three-dimensional figures acting out human actions, unlike Blackton's figures. It took him four years to complete the four thousand drawings, and to hand color each of the 35mm frames, for Little Nemo in 1911 as a part of McCay's artistic vaudeville act. The film had no plot and depicted characters from the comic strip cavorting and changing shapes. This was to be one of thousands of animated and liveaction films based on comic strips, a popular practice lasting to the present as seen in such recent productions as Superman, Pvpeye, Flash Gordon, and Batman.

5. See the chapter on Billy De Beck later in this volume. 6. See Jerry G. Bails, Collector's Guide: The First Heroic Age (Detroit: Panelologist Publications, 1969), p. 8, and the subtitle of the journal begun by Fred Stewart in 1978, Cartonaggio: A Journal of Bildegraphics. 7. Murray Robinson, 'Togo's Pfcpa," Collier's, 129 (8 March 1952), 20-21, 64-65. Elzie Crisler Segar, Thimble Theatre, January 1,1934 (detail). © King Features Syndicate, Inc. What's so Funny about the Comics? 15 From Mort Walker, The Lexicon ofComicana (Port Chester, NY: Museum of Cartoon Art, 1980).

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