The Comics

The most comprehensive survey of postwar comics, covering the period when some of our best-known cartoonists were at their creative peaks, The Comics Since 1945 is now available in a revised and updated paperback edition. Organized by decade, illustrated with exemplary selections of historic comic strips, and supplemented by biographical profiles of the artists, it is both comprehensive and graphically stunning, ideal for both devoted comics fans and serious students of popular culture. Newspaper comics arrive in millions of homes each day and make families laugh out loud. They’re not only funny — they also reflect their times. In this collection, cartoon authority Brian Walker has amassed more than a half-century of strips — more than 700 illustrations — including scores of rare examples provided by the artists themselves. Featured cartoonists include Wait Kelly (Pogo), Charles Schulz (Peanuts), Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Scott Adams (Dilbert), and Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), along with many more.Organized by decade, with biographical profiles and descriptions of different genres and themes, The Comics is both comprehensive and graphically stunning. Taken as a whole, this humorous compendium is a classic survey of American culture since 1945. Brian Walker is a founder and former director of the Museum of Cartoon Art (now the National Cartoon Museum). He is also part of the creative team that produces Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois. He lives in Connecticut.

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