Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

The Greatest Comic Book of All Time

Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books

Authors: Beaty, Bart, Woo, Benjamin

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About this book

Bart Beaty and Benjamin Woo work to historicize why it is that certain works or creators have come to define the notion of a "quality comic book," while other works and creators have been left at the fringes of critical analysis.                                                                                                                                                   

About the authors

Bart Beaty is Professor of English at the University of Calgary, Canada. Among other works, he is the author of Twelve-Cent Archie, Comics Versus Art, and Unpopular Culture.
Benjamin Woo is Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University, Canada. His research examines contemporary geek media cultures, with a particular focus on the producers, institutions, and audiences oriented to comics and graphic novels.                                                                                                                                           

Reviews

“I would unhesitatingly recommend The Greatest Comic Book of All Time as one of the most important recent publications in comics studies. … professional comics scholars of every stripe should read it. … no one has done a better job than Beaty and Woo of showing us just how much bigger our playground could be.” (Ben Saunders, Inks The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Vol. 1 (2), 2017)


                                                                                                         

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • What If the Greatest Comic Book of All Time Were…

    Beaty, Bart (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Maus by Art Spiegelman?

    Beaty, Bart (et al.)

    Pages 17-26

  • A Short Story by Robert Crumb?

    Beaty, Bart (et al.)

    Pages 27-41

  • A Superhero Story by Jack Kirby?

    Beaty, Bart (et al.)

    Pages 43-52

  • Written by Alan Moore?

    Beaty, Bart (et al.)

    Pages 53-64

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-53162-9
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56196-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Greatest Comic Book of All Time
Book Subtitle
Symbolic Capital and the Field of American Comic Books
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53162-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53162-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56196-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 156
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 illustrations in colour
Topics