American comics: a story
By Jeremy Dauber
Comics conquered America. From movies, where Marvel and DC movies reign supreme, to television, where comic book shows like The walking dead became some of the most popular in cable history, convention halls, bestseller lists, Pulitzer Prize-winning titles and MacArthur Scholarship recipients, comics shape American culture, in a high way and low, shallow and deep. In American comics, Jeremy Dauber, Atran Professor of Yiddish Literature, Language and Culture, takes readers through the fascinating but little-known history of this medium. It begins with the Civil War and the designer Thomas Nast, creator of the iconic images of Uncle Sam and Santa Claus; then moves on to the golden age of newspaper comics and the first big superhero boom; the moral panic of the Eisenhower era, the Marvel Comics revolution and the underground comics movement of the 60s and 70s; and, finally, into the 21st century, soaking up the dark and gritty Dark knights and Watchmen, alongside the rise of the graphic novel by acclaimed practitioners like Art Spiegelman and Alison Bechdel.
Read a Columbia News interview with Professor Dauber about the book.