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By David Kunzle. This unique collection enters deep into an era of comics history that has only rarely been touched on. Suddenly in 1847, a new, post-Töpffer comic strip sparks to life in Britain, mostly in periodicals, and especially in Punch, where all the best artists of the period participated: Richard Doyle, John Tenniel, John Leech, George Cruikshank, Charles Keene, and George Du Maurier. University Press of Mississippi, 2021.

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This unique collection enters deep into an era of comics history that has only rarely been touched on. Suddenly in 1847, a new, post-Töpffer comic strip sparks to life in Britain, mostly in periodicals, and especially in Punch, where all the best artists of the period participated: Richard Doyle, John Tenniel, John Leech, George Cruikshank, Charles Keene, and George Du Maurier.

Artists explore a great variety of social types, occupations, and situations such as the emigrant, the tourist, fox hunting and Indian big game hunting, dueling, the forlorn lover, the student, the artist, the toothache, the burglar, the paramilitary volunteer, Darwinian animal metamorphoses, and even nightmares. Kunzle analyzes these much-neglected works down to the precocious modernist Marie Duval, Europe’s first female professional cartoonist.

This buried cache of mid-Victorian graphic humor is marvelously rich in pictorial narratives of all kinds. Author David Kunzle calls this period a “rebirth” because of the preceding long hiatus in use of the new genre, since the Great Age of Caricature (c. 1780–c. 1820) when the comic strip was practiced as a sideline.

Numerous comic strips and picture stories appeared in periodicals other than Punch by artists who were likewise largely ignored. Like the Punch luminaries, they adopt a semi-realistic style sociopolitical subject matter easily accessible to their (lower-) middle-class readership.

The topics covered in and out of Punch by these strips and graphic novels range from French enemies King Louis-Philippe and Emperor Napoleon III to farcical treatment of major historical events: the Bayeux tapestry (1848), the Great Exhibition of 1851, and the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.

A massive hardcover collection, 453 pages packed with well-reproduced cartoons, amongst the rarest images in narrative comic books history.

“I discovered something new on virtually every page of Rebirth of the English Comic Strip. David Kunzle has unearthed a treasure trove of information that restructures the very history of comics as an art form. The work is expansive, generative, and path-breaking.” – Bart Beaty, professor of English, University of Calgary

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