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KING OF THE COMICS 100 Years of King Features

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KING OF THE COMICS 100 Years of King Features

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New softcover edition of the sold-out 2015 hardcover. Highly Recommended. By Dean Mullaney, Bruce Canwell, Brian Walker. This book is a centennial birthday bash hosted by Dean Mullaney, Bruce Canwell, and Brian Walker, with contributions by eight others. More than just comics, it's a celebration of the profound impact that King Features has had on popular culture! Tons of epherma, cool agency ads, Christmas cards, promotional drawings etc. Nominated For Two Eisner Awards: Best Comics-Related Book And Best Publication Design. King was the home for Buz Sawyer! Maggie & Jiggs! Steve Canyon! Krazy Kat! Popeye! Flash Gordon! Prince Valiant!

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This book is a centennial birthday bash hosted by Dean Mullaney, Bruce Canwell, and Brian Walker, with contributions by eight others. More than just comics, it's a celebration of the profound impact that King Features has had on popular culture! Tons of epherma, cool agency ads, Christmas cards, promotional drawings etc. Nominated For Two Eisner Awards: Best Comics-Related Book And Best Publication Design. King was the home for Buz Sawyer! Maggie & Jiggs! Steve Canyon! Krazy Kat! Popeye! Flash Gordon! Prince Valiant! 

Beetle Bailey! Hagar the Horrible! Blondie! Barney Google and Snuffy Smith! Baby Blues! Mutt & Jeff! Zits! Juliet Jones! Bizarro! Hi & Lois! Johnny Hazard! There are simply too many to list!

The decades of great strips are broken up into appropriate eras, with essays:

  • William Randolph Hearst and the Founding of an Empire
  • Gags, Situation Comedies, and the Birth of King Features
  • Developing a Sophisticated Language of Comics
  • The Glory Days: Or, Believe It or Not!
  • Comics at War
  • The Times are A'Changin'
  • Unlimited new Horizons
  • Adapting to a New Age

 

Additional contributors include Brendan Burford, Lucy Shelton Caswell, Jared Gardner, Ron Goulart, Jeffrey Lindenblatt, Carl Linich, Paul Tumey, and Germund von Wowern.

Here we have essays by experts on many of the strips, a selection of all-time great Sunday pages representing each, insider stories of creators, cool rare specialty drawings and ephemera never before collected. King was very good at promoting their line of strips, and produced some simply delicious brochures and samplings that were only circulated to potential newspapers. Today these are scarce and highly collectible, from someone who collects them! -Bud

From the earliest days when William Randolph Hearst first added cartoons to his newspapers, comic strips have had a profound impact on popular culture. With the consolidation of Hearst's various distribution channels in November 1915, King Features was born. A century later the world's largest syndicate leads the way in the 21st Century and beyond.


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Item Code KINC
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781684053391
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 9x12
# Pages 308pg
Color Full Color
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