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Author Kidman, Shawna, 1981- author.

Title Comic books incorporated : how the business of comics became the business of Hollywood / Shawna Kidman.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  741.5973 K54c 2019    ---  Available
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description xiv, 313 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Comic Books Incorporated tells the story of the US comic book business, reframing the history of the medium through an industrial and transmedial lens. Comic books wielded their influence from the margins and in-between spaces of the entertainment business for half a century before moving to the center of mainstream film and television production. This extraordinary history begins at the medium's origin in the 1930s, when comics were a reviled, disorganized, and lowbrow mass medium. Visiting critical moments along the way--market crashes, corporate takeovers, upheavals in distribution, and financial transformations--Shawna Kidman concludes this revisionist history in the early 2000s, when Hollywood had fully incorporated comic book properties and strategies into its business models. The medium had transformed into the heavily exploited, exceedingly corporate, and highly esteemed niche art form we know so well today"--Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction : an unruly medium. 1. Incorporating comics : a brief transmedia history of the U.S. comic book industry ; 2. Comic book crisis : public relations, regulation, and distribution in the 1950s ; 3. Superman origins : authorship, creative labor, and copyright in the 1960s-1970s ; 4. Tales of the comic book cult : quality demographics and insider fans in the 1970s-1980s ; 5. Mutant risk : speculation and comic book films in the 1990s-2000s -- Epilogue : a powerful medium -- Appendix A. Comic book adaptations for film and television -- Appendix B. Comic book film adaptations, 1955-2010.
Subject Motion pictures and comic books -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Comic books, strips, etc. (OCoLC)fst00869145
Motion pictures and comic books. (OCoLC)fst01894649
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780520297555 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
0520297555 (hardcover alkaline paper)
9780520297562 (paperback alkaline paper)
0520297563 (paperback ; alkaline paper)
9780520969865 (ebook)
Standard No. 40029109982

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