The Art of the Funnies: An Aesthetic History (Studies in Popular Culture (Paperback))
Robert C. Harvey
This paintings examines the caricature all through its historical past for the weather that make cartoons some of the most attractive of the preferred arts. The caricature was once created by means of rival newspapers as a tool of their movement battles. It fast verified itself as not just a good machine, but in addition as an establishment that quickly unfold to newspapers world-wide. This ancient learn unfolds the historical past of the funnies and divulges the sophisticated artwork of the way the strips mix be aware and images to make their influence. The ebook additionally reveals new details and weighs the impact of syndication upon the medium. Milestones within the artwork of cartooning featured comprise: Mutt and Jeff, Dick Tracy, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Popeye, Krazy Kat, and others. more moderen classics also are integrated, resembling Peanuts, Tumbleweeds, Doonesbury and Calvin and Hobbes.
Caniff's characterizations in Terry eventually became so acute that some of his characters were very nearly portraits of psychological types. Tony Sandhurst, for example, is the consummate coward. How he induced Normandie Drake to marry him is a mystery, but he did. He then took a "son's" share in her uncle's business, using the power he found in his position to shore up his feelings of inadequacy. A coward feels constantly threatened, and any event that touches him is often imagined.
Caniff's work and the achievement it represents in so many departments of creating an adventure strip is monumental. He touched every aspect of the art of the adventure strip, and every place he touched, he improved. Yet he remained a modest, even selfeffacing, man all his life. Pressed in a 1978 interview by Canadian cartoonist Arn Saba, however, he confessed this much: "I think I have taken as great an advantage as I could out of everything that was within my range. I'm not the.
McCay did not object to giving up comic strips for editorial cartoons. There is ample evidence that he missed life on the vaudeville circuit, but otherwise Hearst's decree that he concentrate on political cartooning was doubtless welcome: it had the effect of reducing McCay's work substantially. With no other assignment, McCay could pour his creative energies into his sermons in blackandwhite. Page 34.
In Jiggs's unrelenting effort to escape and in Maggie's frequent failure to live up to her own pretensions, we see the seemingly endless elaboration on the theme that people will be themselves—and that they are the better for so being, regardless of social pretensions. It was, for countless immigrants, the message of America. In one of the oftrepeated reversals found in Bringing Up Father, Maggie discovers that Jiggs is already the intimate companion of some social lion whom she wanted him to.
His dialogues to a brilliant sheen of sophisticated patter. Once the Caniff years were fairly underway in the midthirties, every other realistic continuity strip was measured against the standards he set. Ultimately, then, we must look to the history of comic strips for many of the criteria for critical evaluation. But on today's comic pages we can find much of that history.