Reading the Funnies: Essays on Comic Strips

By: Phelps, Donald

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New, unread, unmarked. Illus. with strips. Reading the Funnies collects Donald Phelps' essays on 20th century newspaper strips — the Golden Age of comic strips, when readers avidly followed the daily and weekly adventures of Flash Gordon, Little Nemo and Krazy Kat. Other classics included are Chester Gould's Dick Tracy, E.C. Segar's Thimble Theatre (which produced Popeye), James Swinnerton's Little Jimmy, Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie, and Frank King's Gasoline Alley. Phelps' keen eye discerns the sublime qualities of this most American art form with wit and refreshing candor. His essays are appreciative, celebratory literary examinations of some of the greatest strips to have ever appeared in newspapers. Reading the Funnies offers an elegant and eloquent look into this fascinating slice of American popular culture — a landmark work of criticism and a testament to the aesthetic richness and infinite variety of the comic strip. Most of the essays in this book appear here for the first time.; 306 pages

Title: Reading the Funnies: Essays on Comic Strips

Author Name: Phelps, Donald

Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literary Criticism,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Seattle, WA U.S.A., Fantagraphics Books: 2001

ISBN: 1560973684

ISBN 13: 9781560973683

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Size: 6" x 9"

Seller ID: 3241

Keywords: Caricatures Cartoons American Wit Humor Dick Tracy Flash Gordon Little Nemo Krazy Kat,