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The Comics Journal Library, Volume 6: The Writers (Comics Journal Library #06)

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Celebrating the great comic book writers, culled from the pages of America's most respected comics magazine.

From the cool passion of sci-fi and occasional comics writer Harlan Ellison to the soap opera explorations and genre twisting of X-Men writer Chris Claremont and Howard the Duck creator Steve Gerber, between 1966 and 1985 a generation of writers emerged that changed the face of American comic books forever. Many were fans every bit as much as they were professionals, creative artists working from an understanding of what felt right on the comics page forged by years of close scrutiny above and beyond the final sales figures.

Some were tempered by exposure to new waves in cinema, new voices in writing, and new comics from Europe and Japan. Coming to comics at a time when the financial awards were poor and the chance for ownership of what one created was even poorer, these writers breathed new life into the dying icons of the past. Writers like Len Wein, Steve Englehart, Gerry Conway, Harlan Ellison, Marv Wolfman, Denny O'Neil, Mark Evanier, Mike Baron and Alan Moore infused comics like X-Men, Captain America, and Swamp Thing with a progressive social outlook that ran directly in the face of decades of simplistic might-makes-right pseudo-moralizing. Some made their careers in other writing fields but toiled in comics out of a sense of loyalty and passion; others became comic book writers just out of their teens and never left. They were America's comic book children come home.

The Comics Journal Library: The Writers celebrates the ascendancy of writer-driven mainstream comic books with a series of revealing, in-depth interviews, many conducted at the height of their influence.

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Collected from the pages of the Utne Award-winning magazine. Cross-promotion to the Journal's monthly audience of over 75,000 unique web users and 10,000 print readers. Featuring many of the most popular creators of Marvel and DC's classic superheroes.

About the Author

Tom Spurgeon lives in Silver City, NM. His previous book, Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book, a biography of Marvel Comics pioneer Stan Lee, was nominated for an Eisner Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560976967
Author:
Spurgeon, Tom
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Cartoonists
Subject:
Cartoonists -- United States.
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Authorship.
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Fantagraphics
Series:
Comics Journal Library
Series Volume:
06
Publication Date:
February 1, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in 1.06 lb

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