Perry, George, and Alan Aldridge. The Penguin Book of Comics.
1967, 1971. 1989: New Introduction. NY: Viking-Penguin, 1989. ind. 272
pp. ISBN 0-14-002802-1.
The Comics--What Can They Give Us? . . . 9
Britain--the Comic Cuts Tradition . . . 45
Pictures as communication -- the Bayeux tapestry -- Hogarth -- the comic
strip, its form, its conventions, its style -- who reads them -- the strips
as a mirror of our times, as entertainment, as a from of narrative art
-- the vision of Rudolpe Topffer -- use of the imagination
Picture Section . . . 19
The American Revolution -- in Comics . . . 93
Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday, the first true modern comic -- the Harmsworth
revolution -- Weary Willie and Tired Tim -- the comics' golden age -- Tiger
Tim -- visual style of Film Fun -- the Dundee invasion -- fadeout
for the old comics, birth of the new -- American takeover -- incentive
Comic Section . . . 53
Whatever Happened to the Comic Book? . . .163
On with the Yellow Kid -- the press war -- the first true strips -- George
McManus -- Krazy Kat, greatest strip of all -- birth of New York's Daily
News -- Dagwood and Blondie -- Captain Patterson's influence -- Milton
Caniff -- Walt Kelly -- essential American-ness of strips -- vital function
Comic Section . . . 111
'You Mean they have Newspaper Strips in Britain?' . . . 199
So long of the mark -- Famous Funnies -- Action Comics --
Superman, first of the superheroes -- Batman's beginnings -- golden age
for the comic book -- Wonder Woman -- the denunciators -- the industry
defends itself -- the Marvel revival -- the amazing Stan Lee -- the great
Comic Section . . . 173
Comics and the Cultural Overflow . . . 231
American disbelief -- late arrival of strips in British newspapers -- the
pioneering Daily Mirror -- Jane -- Andy Capp -- few American strips
in Britain -- Flook, developed into satire -- serious competition from
the Daily Express -- Bristow, cumulative hilarity -- a future for
Comic Section . . . 209
Development of the strips -- strips into movies -- movies influenced by
strips -- Pop Art and what it owes to comics -- strips on the stage --
strips in strange media -- Playboy and Private Eye -- perilous
future for American strip -- what will happen to the British press -- always
a place for comics
Picture Section . . . 249
Acknowledgements . . . 268
Illustration Acknowledgements . . . 269
Index . . . 270
Review by Gene Kannenberg, Jr.:
This book contains useful information on the development of--especially--British
comics, though the treatment of US work is generally competent. Particularly
useful are (1) the attempt at situating comics work on both shores in the
context of publishing (politics and printing), delving deeper than the
usual nod to the US "yellow journalism" wars; and (2) the book's "Comics/Picture"
sections, filled with generous samplings of illustrations and commentary.
Strips occupy a priviledged position here; comic books in Britain
garner relatively scant attention, while US books receive a bit more, though
certainly not approaching any real depth: illustrations in the "Comic Section"
for US books jump from Famous Funnies #1 directly to post-Kirby
Four pages. In part this oversight can be attributed to the book's
original publication date (1967), but also to Perry and Alrdidge's obvious
attraction to the strip.
Perry's 1989 Introduction describes the work as "a period piece"--and
the book does reflect a late-60s aesthetic sensibility. It also provides
a wealth of comic strip samples.
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