Fine Arts | History of Comic Book Art
H150 | 2161 | Molotiu


In their juxtaposition of words and images, comic books have fashioned one
of the most sophisticated narrative languages in the history of visual
art; this course will explore the formation of that language from the
earliest newspaper comic strips to today's graphic novels.  We will also
study the evolution of comic-book graphic styles, and place the
development of the comics in its social context.  In addition to American
mainstream and underground comics, we will study other traditions, such as
the French-language Bandes dessines and Japanese Manga.  A special focus
of the course will be the rise and critique of the concept of the
superhero in American comic books from the thirties to today.  The artists
and titles studied will include Krazy Kat, Little Nemo in Slumberland,
Peanuts, the Golden- and Silver-Age superheroes, R. Crumb, Harvey Pekar,
Moebius, Herg's Tintin, Hugo Pratt's Corto Maltese, Koike and Kojima's
Lone Wolf and Cub, Frank Miller's Dark Knight, Alan Moore's Watchmen, Art
Spiegelman, Ben Katchor, and Chris Ware.