Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia

This book tells the story of that hero and the writers and artists who created his magical adventures.

Author: Brian Cremins

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496808776

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Billy Batson discovers a secret in a forgotten subway tunnel. There the young man meets a wizard who offers a precious gift: a magic word that will transform the newsboy into a hero. When Billy says, "Shazam!," he becomes Captain Marvel, the World's Mightiest Mortal, one of the most popular comic book characters of the 1940s. This book tells the story of that hero and the writers and artists who created his magical adventures. The saga of Captain Marvel is also that of artist C. C. Beck and writer Otto Binder, one of the most innovative and prolific creative teams working during the Golden Age of comics in the United States. While Beck was the technician and meticulous craftsman, Binder contributed the still, human voice at the heart of Billy's adventures. Later in his career, Beck, like his friend and colleague Will Eisner, developed a theory of comic art expressed in numerous articles, essays, and interviews. A decade after Fawcett Publications settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with Superman's publisher, Beck and Binder became legendary, celebrated figures in comic book fandom of the 1960s. What Beck, Binder, and their readers share in common is a fascination with nostalgia, which has shaped the history of comics and comics scholarship in the United States. Billy Batson's America, with its cartoon villains and talking tigers, remains a living archive of childhood memories, so precious but elusive, as strange and mysterious as the boy's first visit to the subway tunnel. Taking cues from Beck's theories of art and from the growing field of memory studies, Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia explains why we read comics and, more significantly, how we remember them and the America that dreamed them up in the first place.
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Key Terms in Comics Studies

Besides being nostalgic or thematising nostalgia as their subject matter, comics themselves, seeing as how the MEDIUM is often associated with childhood and adolescence, ... Cremins, B. (2018) Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia.

Author: Erin La Cour

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030749743



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Comics Memory

In doing so, I tried to distill a poetics of nostalgia that could be applied to other works as well. I suggested the possibility of a selfreflexive, ... Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Author: Maaheen Ahmed

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319917467

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

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Despite the boom in scholarship in both Comics Studies and Memory Studies, the two fields rarely interact—especially with issues beyond the representation of traumatic and autobiographical memories in comics. With a focus on the roles played by styles and archives—in their physical and metaphorical manifestations—this edited volume offers an original intervention, highlighting several novel ways of thinking about comics and memory as comics memory. Bringing together scholars as well as cultural actors, the contributions combine studies on European and North American comics and offer a representative overview of the main comics genres and forms, including superheroes, Westerns, newspaper comics, diary comics, comics reportage and alternative comics. In considering the many manifestations of memory in comics as well as the functioning and influence of institutions, public and private practices, the book exemplifies new possibilities for understanding the complex entanglements of memory and comics.
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EC Comics

Comics Magazine Association of America. Code of the Comics Magazine Association of America. New York: Comics Magazine Association of America, 1954. Cremins, Brian. Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia.

Author: Qiana Whitted

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813566313

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 164

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Entertaining Comics Group (EC Comics) is perhaps best-known today for lurid horror comics like Tales from the Crypt and for a publication that long outlived the company’s other titles, Mad magazine. But during its heyday in the early 1950s, EC was also an early innovator in another genre of comics: the so-called “preachies,” socially conscious stories that boldly challenged the conservatism and conformity of Eisenhower-era America. EC Comics examines a selection of these works—sensationally-titled comics such as “Hate!,” “The Guilty!,” and “Judgment Day!”—and explores how they grappled with the civil rights struggle, antisemitism, and other forms of prejudice in America. Putting these socially aware stories into conversation with EC’s better-known horror stories, Qiana Whitted discovers surprising similarities between their narrative, aesthetic, and marketing strategies. She also recounts the controversy that these stories inspired and the central role they played in congressional hearings about offensive content in comics. The first serious critical study of EC’s social issues comics, this book will give readers a greater appreciation of their legacy. They not only served to inspire future comics creators, but also introduced a generation of young readers to provocative ideas and progressive ideals that pointed the way to a better America.
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The Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies

Reading Children: Literacy, Property, and the Dilemmas of Childhood in Nineteenth-Century America. U of Pennsylvania P, 2017. Cremins, Brian. Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia. UP of Mississippi, 2016. Fawaz, Ramzi, and Darieck ...

Author: Frederick Luis Aldama

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190917968

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 704

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Comic book studies has developed as a solid academic discipline, becoming an increasingly vibrant field in the United States and globally. A growing number of dissertations, monographs, and edited books publish every year on the subject, while world comics represent the fastest-growing sector of publishing. The Oxford Handbook of Comic Book Studies looks at the field systematically, examining the history and evolution of the genre from a global perspective. This includes a discussion of how comic books are built out of shared aesthetic systems such as literature, painting, drawing, photography, and film. The Handbook brings together readable, jargon-free essays written by established and emerging scholars from diverse geographic, institutional, gender, and national backgrounds. In particular, it explores how the term "global comics" has been defined, as well the major movements and trends that will drive the field in the years to come. Each essay will help readers understand comic books as a storytelling form grown within specific communities, and will also show how these forms exist within what can be considered a world system of comics.
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Reading African American Autobiography

Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia, forthcoming in 2017, is his study of the comics of C. C. Beck and Otto Binder. He lives in Chicago. tracy curtis's research interest is African American autobiography, and she is working on two ...

Author: Eric D. Lamore

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 9780299309800

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 278

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From the 1760s to Barack Obama, this collection offers fresh looks at classic African American life narratives; highlights neglected African American lives, texts, and genres; and discusses the diverse outpouring of twenty-first-century memoirs.
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Alter Ego 149

Here, Beck returns to an argument he'd made in The Comics Journal #106 from March 1986: “The true purpose of art is this: ... While Robbins, as a child, had little use for Mac Raboy's Captain Marvel Jr. comics, which she “dismissed as ...

Author: Roy Thomas

Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing



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Showcases GIL KANE, with a rare 1986 interview and his 1974 Harvard Journal essay on comics—plus DAN HERMAN on Kane's life & art—and the beginning of the memoirs of Golden/Silver Age writer JOHN BROOME! Also: FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America), MICHAEL T. GILBERT, and BILL SCHELLY! Green Lantern cover by KANE and GIELLA!
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American Literature in Transition 1980 1990

... and Reading African American Autobiography: Twenty-First-Century Contexts and Criticism. His first book, Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia, was published in 2016. An editorial advisory board member of Inks, Contributors xi.

Author: D. Quentin Miller

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108246514

Category: Literary Criticism


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History has not been kind to the 1980s. The decade is often associated with absurd fashion choices, neo-Conservatism in the Reagan/Bush years, the AIDS crisis, Wall Street ethics, and uninspired television, film, and music. Yet the literature of the 1980s is undeniably rich and lasting. American Literature in Transition, 1980–1990 seeks to frame some of the decade's greatest achievements such as Toni Morrison's monumental novel Beloved and to consider some of the trends that began in the 1980s and developed thereafter, including the origins of the graphic novel, prison literature, and the opening of multiculturalism vis-à-vis the 'canon wars'. This volume argues not only for the importance of 1980s American literature, but also for its centrality in understanding trends and trajectories in all contemporary literature against the broader background of culture. This volume serves as both an introduction and a deep consideration of the literary culture of our most maligned decade.
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Comics Studies Here and Now

Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2016. Eisner, Will. “Self Portrait.” Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives. Vol. 4. New York: DC Comics, 2001. 26 vols. 145–152. El Refaie, Elisabeth.

Author: Frederick Luis Aldama

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351015257

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

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Comics Studies Here and Now marks the arrival of comics studies scholarship that no longer feels the need to justify itself within or against other fields of study. The essays herein move us forward, some in their re-diggings into comics history and others by analyzing comics—and all its transmedial and fan-fictional offshoots—on its own terms. Comics Studies stakes the flag of our arrival—the arrival of comics studies as a full-fledged discipline that today and tomorrow excavates, examines, discusses, and analyzes all aspects that make up the resplendent planetary republic of comics. This collection of scholarly essays is a testament to the fact that comic book studies have come into their own as an academic discipline; simply and powerfully moving comic studies forward with their critical excavations and theoretical formulas based on the common sense understanding that comics add to the world as unique, transformative cultural phenomena.
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Seeing MAD

For a discussion of comic book collectors and nostalgia, see Bart Beaty's Comics Versus Art, chap. 7, esp. 152–82; and Cremins, Captain Marvel, chap. 5. 6. Alan Moore, John Totleben, Sam Parsons, Wayne Truman, and Letitia Gomez, ...

Author: Judith Yaross Lee

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826274489

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 620

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“Seeing Mad” is an illustrated volume of scholarly essays about the popular and influential humor magazine Mad, with topics ranging across its 65-year history—up to last summer’s downsizing announcement that Mad will publish less new material and will be sold only in comic book shops. Mad magazine stands near the heart of post-WWII American humor, but at the periphery in scholarly recognition from American cultural historians, including humor specialists. This book fills that gap, with perceptive, informed, engaging, but also funny essays by a variety of scholars. The chapters, written by experts on humor, comics, and popular culture, cover the genesis of Mad; its editors and prominent contributors; its regular features and departments and standout examples of their contents; perspectives on its cultural and political significance; and its enduring legacy in American culture.
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