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Closeout Price! By Jochen Ecke. As comics readers grew older during the 1970s amd 1980s, they started calling for more sophisticated stories. Writers and artists with distinctive styles were in demand. DC Comics and Marvel went looking for such mavericks and found them in the United Kingdom. Creators like Alan Moore (Watchmen, Saga of the Swamp Thing), Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Flex Mentallo) and Garth Ennis (Preacher) migrated from the anarchical British comics industry to the U.S. mainstream and shook up the status quo… Lightly illustrated in b&w. McFarland, 2019.

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As comics readers grew older during the 1970s amd 1980s, they started calling for more sophisticated stories. Writers and artists with distinctive styles were in demand. DC Comics and Marvel went looking for such mavericks and found them in the United Kingdom. Creators like Alan Moore (Watchmen, Saga of the Swamp Thing), Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Flex Mentallo) and Garth Ennis (Preacher) migrated from the anarchical British comics industry to the U.S. mainstream and shook up the status quo… Lightly illustrated in b&w.

What makes a successful comics creator? How can storytelling stay exciting and innovative? How can genres be kept vital? Writers and artists in the highly competitive U.S. comics mainstream have always had to explore these questions but they were especially pressing in the 1980s.

Chapters explore:

U.S. Mainstream Comics of the 1970s and 1980s: Defining the Mode of Practice

The British New Wave of the 1970s and 1980s

Alan Moore and the American Mode of Practice

“What is there for me to do?” -Case Studies in the Second Wave of the British Invasion

Conclusions: Imagined Readers and the Strange Afterlives of the British Invasion

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