Comic Books Incorporated
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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Theater, Ballett
Comic Books Incorporated tells the story of the US comic book business, reframing the history of the medium through an industrial and transmedial lens. Comic books wielded their influence from the margins and in-between spaces of the entertainment business for half a century before moving to the center of mainstream film and television production. This extraordinary history begins at the medium’s origin in the 1930s, when comics were a reviled, disorganized, and lowbrow mass medium, and surveys critical moments along the way—market crashes, corporate takeovers, upheavals in distribution, and financial transformations. Shawna Kidman concludes this revisionist history in the early 2000s, when Hollywood had fully incorporated comic book properties and strategies into its business models and transformed the medium into the heavily exploited, exceedingly corporate, and yet highly esteemed niche art form we know so well today.
niche art, revisionist history, corporate takeovers, upheavals in distribution, hollywood, history of comic books, business models, mainstream television, market crashes, america, entertainment business, mass medium, industrial, production, trans medial lens, comic books business, 1930s, influence, united states, financial transformations, mainstream film