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Historical Primary Sources Provided by Early Comics Historians
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2017 (English)In: Comics and Memory: An NNCORE Conference / [ed] Maaheen Ahmed, Gent, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In 2017 it has been 75 years since the first book-length study of comic strips was published: Martin Sheridan: Comics And Their Creators. Life Stories of American Cartoonists (1942). Many books about the history of comics would follow. From the 1990s we evaluate them as academic research. But the books from what Joseph Witek calls the first phase of comics criticism, characterized by comics appreciation, contain valuable information even for the comic researchers of today. They provide direct or firsthand evidence about the early strips and their creators and can therefore be seen as historical primary sources.

Sheridan catalogues the comic strip creations from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1930s and gives brief biographies of the cartoonists of this period. His examination of the comic strips was not meant as a critical analysis; here an insider peeked “behind the scenes” of cartooning. As a journalist and a former assistant to a comic strip artist he was acquainted with many of the cartoonist of his time and that facilitated his research. Most of the early studies about the history of comics have this insider view in common, and the fact that they in several cases give the only information available.

The paper studied mainly the correspondence of Sheridan for his book. By studying even letters of other influential comic researches, as Jerry DeFuccio and Ron Goulart, the paper demonstrated how early comic-historians worked and argued for why their books are valuable for us today as primary sources.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gent, 2017.
Keyword [en]
historiography of comics, fandom, reprints, archive, Martin Sheridan, historical primary sources
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History
Research subject
History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-321600OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-321600DiVA: diva2:1094041
Conference
Comics and Memory. An NNCORE Conference, April 20-21, 2017,Ghent, Belgium
Available from: 2017-05-09 Created: 2017-05-09 Last updated: 2017-05-09

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