Mixing images and dialog with flights of fancy, verse, and loving commentary on the foibles of the human condition, rejoicing in the multilayered meanings of words, and delighting the eye with sumptuous illustrations that. Comicslike another art form flowering in America in the early years of the twentieth century, jazz musicare colorful, wide-ranging, and slightly seditious.
The genres range from the swing of Dixieland and Peanuts through the conventional stylings of Marsalis and Marvel to the revolutionary avant-garde of Miles Davis or Robert Crumb. Both media are capable of crossovers, mixings, and adaptations of classics. And, unlike Athena, emerging full-blown from the forehead of Zeus, both media are strongly rooted in their ancestry. Without belaboring the analogy too much further, another commonality they share is the constant fight for respectability.
When asked to consider great composers, how many of us would. Al Capp, who wrote and drew Lil Abner, remarked on the superiority of cartoonists over writers who cant draw and artists who cant writetwo classes who are respected more than we are. Or as Art Spiegelman, creator of Maus, said, A writer can write, A man caught a fish; a comics artist has to know what the tackle looked like.
This lack of regard is probably a holdover from the Victorian era in England when the quality newspapers associated any graphic representation with illiteracy and vulgarity, haughtily leaving such things to the Illustrated London News and Punch. Greek pottery; in ancient Sumerian, Egyptian Book of the Dead , and Japanese scrolls; in pre-Columbian stone carvings; and in Renaissance tapestries, such as the Bayeux.
After the invention of printing, their story goes from medieval religious tracts up through the etchings and narrative picture stories of William Hogarth and Thomas Rowlandson. Dodgson himself bought a set of Hogarth prints in Thomas Rowlandson and William Combes Dr. Syntax was a regularly appearing cartoon character starting in Word balloons were brought into prominence by the satirical cartoonist James Gillray around the year , although examples can be found as far back as The political and humorous cartoons published in Punch, founded in , also must be considered progenitors.
The idea of telling a story in pictorial form goes way, way back. Such works appear in cave paintings; Typical of this period, the cartoon The Scanty Meal is from the hand of young C. Dodgson, circa , from his family magazine The Rectory Umbrella. The father of modern cartooning is often acknowledged to be Rodolphe Tpffer , a French-speaking Swiss artist, playwright, novelist, and teacher whose cartoons drleries used panel borders and interdepen1 His first dent words and pictures. Spoonbills Experience in the Art of. Nineteenth-century now classified as Victorian Age comics almost never used word balloons: narration and dialog were beneath the panels.
So: what was the first comic? The Germans would point proudly to the work of Wilhelm Busch in the s, who produced Bilderbogen among whose characters were these 2 William Randolph little imps, Max and Moritz. The British would proudly counter with their comic magazines, such as Chips and especially Ally 3 which was pubSlopers Half-Holiday from ,.
Arthur B. Frost, the American illustrator of Carrolls Phanstasmagoria and A Tangled Tale, was also drawing comics throughout the s and s. In , the World purchased a new color printing press and began. Lewis Carroll, , and a John Tenniel self-portrait, circa The Scanty Meal, circa Young Charlie Dodgson makes fun of the then-famous J. Herrings painting by drawing a cartoon with speech balloons. Spoonbill, John Tenniel draws a comic strip!
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From the collection of Doug Wheeler. Hearst had spotted them as a child on a trip to Europe with his mother, pretty much stole the idea in , and had his staff cartoonist, German-born Rudolph Dirks, build a strip inspired by them, the Katzenjammer Kids. Soon after that, beginning in May of , a young artist named Richard Felton Outcault evolved his single-panel comic, At the Circus in Hogans Alley, its hero a baldheaded street urchin named Mickey Dugan, who wore an oversize blue nightshirt.
A year later a printer mistakenly and serendipitously printed his shirt with a bright new ink and The Yellow Kid was born, spawning a rage of toys, cigar boxes, stage plays, and so on. Though it had its precedents, the Yellow Kid is conventionally celebrated as being the beginning of the American newspaper comics features. In an era before radio and television it is important to remember, comic strips were the mass entertainment of the day.
Pulitzers rival paper, William Randolph Hearsts New York Journal, carried a comic section touted as eight pages of polychromatic effulgence that makes a rainbow look like a lead pipe. Part of that rainbow was the Yellow Kid, who Hearst had lured away from Pulitzer. Punch, Vol. From the collection of Andrew Ogus. Punch, March 8, The original caption reads: Alice in Bumbleland. What is the use of repeating that stuff, the Mock Turtle interrupted, If you dont explain it as you go on?
Its by far the most confusing thing I ever heard!
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From the collection of Alan Kaplan. Again, let us note that Lewis Carroll was alive in this era. Just three years after his death, the first incursion of his own characters into the comics took place in R. Dell Publishing , part of whose fortune was made from such enterprises, later funded the Alice statue in Central Park.
The Alice books must be seen as a precursor, a significant inspiration, to all this, exploring that rich, surreal world of works ostensibly written for children but in fact written for the amusement of all. The Alice books pervasiveness in popular culture is overwhelmingas are their direct infusions into the comics. In the decade since then, there has been a wealth of others as well. As a way of organizing them, I rather arbi14 trarily came up with some categories: direct adaptations or illustrations of the books, from Classics Illustrated onward; parodies, such as by Jack Davis in MAD and Wally Wood in National Screw; exploitations, which includes their use in horror, political satire, humorous adventure stories, manga, and erotica; and the manifold references to, or influences of, the Carrollian mindset on this medium.
Iconic Wonderland characters have interacted with everyalthough Alice bears more of a resemblance to a Alices first comicsoriented cover appearances were on these publications which reprint R. Cupples and Leon, and The printers proof for the cover of MAD 15, September From Heritage Auctions.
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Neuman than to Tenniels protagonist. The Buddy and Alice sequence was collected into a book, Buddy Tucker and His Friends, and published in , and many hundreds of other such Platinum Age comic books were issued in the first few decades of the 20th century.
The first newsstand comic book with all original material was The Funnies 1, , published by George Delacorte. The one-shot allusions to Alice in comic strips and comic books are innumerable, and Carrolls playful influence is also hard to miss in great strip masterpieces such as Little Nemo. Whole genres of nonsense comics abound, such as George Carlsons.
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Alice in Comicland will leave you grinning like the Cheshire cat! Flag for inappropriate content. Related titles. Jump to Page. Search inside document. Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such see Wikipedia: Book series. Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations , on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place.
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