Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume II
Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume II The second volume of the award-winning online collection Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels expands on the debut database by offering an additional 100,000 pages of important, rare, and hard-to-find works, scholarly writings, and more.
Volume II adds extensive coverage of the pre-Comics Code era horror, crime, romance, and war comics that fueled the backlash leading to one of the largest censorship campaigns in US history. Selections include works by visionaries such as Alex Toth, Boody Rogers, Fletcher Hanks, Steve Ditko, Joe Kubert, Bill Everett, Joe Simon, and Jack Kirby, along with essential series such as Crime Does Not Pay and Mister Mystery. Also targeted for inclusion is the complete EC Comics archive, including Tales from the Crypt, Two-Fisted Tales, and many others both famous and infamous. Volume II also contains tens of thousands of pages of non-mainstream, post-code comics and secondary materials from around the world, including the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, England, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Korea, Japan, and more. Notable titles include: • Essex County by Jeff Lemire (Canada, Top Shelf) • The Adventures of Hugo Tate by Nick Abadzis (UK , Blank Slate) • From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (UK, Top Shelf) • 120 Days of Simon by Simon Gardenfors (Sweden, Top Shelf) • Gen Manhwa by various artists (South Korea, GEN) • Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme (France, Top Shelf) • Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason (Norway, Fantagraphics) • Tango by various artists (Australia, Cardigan Comics) • God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga (University Press of Mississippi) • Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the1970s and 1980s (University Press of Mississippi) • Komiks: Comic Art in Russia (University Press of Mississippi) Ancillary materials within Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume II render the collection ideal for students and researchers seeking a holistic perspective on the historical role of underground comics. Dozens of associated scholarly writings and commentaries add perspective and enrich understanding of the works and their cultural significance. Because Volume II is available on Alexander Street Press’s powerful online interface, exploring and discovering content has never been easier. Using multiple combinable search fields, users can search comics by material type, coloring, publication date, writer, character, genre, and more. Patrons can explore answers to such questions as: • Show the comics referenced in the 1954 hearings of the Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency. • Find examples of anti-war sentiment in comics published between 1942 and 1950. • What were the political, cultural, and economic conditions that led to the rise of the superhero in US comics? Why didn’t European comics follow the same trend? • Who was the primary audience for Simon and Kirby’s romance?
Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volume II is available to libraries worldwide, through annual subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights, with prices scaled to library size and budget. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for trial access and pricing information.
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