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SPARRING WITH GIL KANE Debating The History and Aesthetics of Comics

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SPARRING WITH GIL KANE Debating The History and Aesthetics of Comics

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Almost Gone! Highly Recommended. Art by Gil Kane and others. Introduction by Gary Groth. Preface by Howard Chaykin. Gil Kane drew every major comic book character in his 50-year career — from Spider-Man and the Hulk to Superman and Batman — and conceived and drew independent “graphic novels” long before the term had any meaning to the larger public. He was also a fascinating raconteur and a formidable analyst, critic, and theorist of comics, a medium he loved. Included in this collection are interviews Kane conducted with a wide array of cartoonists: newspaper strip artists such as Hal Foster (Prince Valiant) and Walt Kelly (Pogo); fellow comic book creators such as Harvey Kurtzman; underground cartoonists Robert Crumb and Jack Jackson; and the literary critic Donald Phelps.

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Gil Kane drew every major comic book character in his 50-year career — from Spider-Man and the Hulk to Superman and Batman — and conceived and drew independent “graphic novels” long before the term had any meaning to the larger public. He was also a fascinating raconteur and a formidable analyst, critic, and theorist of comics, a medium he loved. Included in this collection are interviews Kane conducted with a wide array of cartoonists: newspaper strip artists such as Hal Foster (Prince Valiant) and Walt Kelly (Pogo); fellow comic book creators such as Harvey Kurtzman; underground cartoonists Robert Crumb and Jack Jackson; and the literary critic Donald Phelps.

Illustrated throughout with clips from the comics and newspaper strips under discussion, with work by Al Williamson on Star Wars, Hal Foster, Alex Raymond, Walt Kelly, Noel Sickles...the list is almost endless.

Gil Kane was well known as an outspoken fan and critic of comics and their promise. This is the definitive collection of his interviews with famous creators as well as his innovative ideas of what comics' best has to offer us.

Gary Groth is the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.

Gil Kane (1926-2000) was a comic book artist whose career spanned the 1940s to 1990s. Kane co-created the modern-day versions of the superheroes Green Lantern and the Atom for DC Comics, and created the independently published precursors to the graphic novel, His Name Is... Savage! and Blackmark. He is in both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.

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Item Code SPARG
Publisher Fantagraphics
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781683960713
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 8x9
# Pages 308pg
Color Text/b&w
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