Here at last is a book that takes the "funny papers" seriously. Comics are the collective daydream of the American imagination, says Arthur Asa Berger, and they disclose a great deal about our national character. For example ... SUPERMAN ("The schizoid split within Superman symbolizes a basic split within the American psyche. Americans are split like Superman, alienated from their selves and bitter about the disparity between their dreams and their achievements")! PEANUTS ("[Snoopy] is an existential hero in every sense of the term. He strives, with dogged persistence and unyielding courage, to overcome what seems to be his fate - that he is a dog")! THE KATZENJAMMER KIDS ("The mother is the central figure in the moral universe of the bad boy ... Since goodness is allied with femininity, boys are forced to be naughty to prove their masculinity")! BLONDIE ("Dagwood Bumstead represents an important archetype in the American psyche ... a man who hates his job, is abused by his wife, and is the butt of a thousand jokes. There is almost a heroic dimension to Dagwood Bumstead - he refuses to be destroyed")! From freckle-faced youngsters who trade baseball cards for vintage copies of Batman to bankers who buy two newspapers because the Wall Street Journal doesn't carry Li'l Abner, Americans love their comics. The Comic-Stripped American looks fearlessly at what the comic strips tell us about ourselves.
Author : Arthur Asa Berger Release : 1974 Publisher : Penguin Group ISBN : 9780140038675 File Size : 30.14 MB Format : PDF, Kindle Download : 640 Read : 779