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By Brannon Costello

ISBN-10: 0807166642

ISBN-13: 9780807166642

ISBN-10: 0807168327

ISBN-13: 9780807168325

In the Nineteen Eighties, Howard Chaykin broke new floor in American comedian books with a sequence of officially cutting edge, iconoclastic works that became the normal action-adventure stories of mainstream comics right into a platform for private expression, political engagement, and aesthetic experimentation. His unique creations American Flagg!, Time², and the infamous Black Kiss, together with his reshaping of usual titles like The Shadow and Blackhawk, generated acclaim and infrequently controversy as they challenged expectancies of the visible layout and material permissible in renowned comics. this day, Chaykin is still an important and prolific artist, yet regardless of the unique and influential nature of his paintings, he gets scant serious attention.

In Neon Visions, Brannon Costello bargains the 1st book-length serious assessment of Chaykin’s paintings and confronts the blind spots in comics scholarship that consign this seminal artist to the margins. He argues that Chaykin’s contributions are usually missed simply because his comics eschew any pretensions to critical literature. in its place, Chaykin’s paintings revels within the cliffhanger thrills of heroic-adventure genres and courts outrage with transgressive depictions of violence and sexuality. analyzing Chaykin’s profession from his early successes to driving modern sequence reminiscent of City of Tomorrow, Dominic Fortune, and the arguable Black Kiss 2, Costello explores how this artistic physique of labor, via its evolving remedy of the topic of authenticity, incisively investigates well known culture’s ability to foster or constrain person identification and political agency.

Challenging triumphing assumptions in regards to the sorts of comics deemed useful of scholarly recognition, Costello finds that the paintings of an artist as special as Howard Chaykin calls for a nuanced reading—one that confronts his new angle to the comics medium, his mixing of autobiographical issues and style emblems, and his engagement with comedian books as artifacts of purchaser culture.

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Within the Nineteen Eighties, Howard Chaykin broke new flooring in American comedian books with a sequence of officially leading edge, iconoclastic works that became the normal action-adventure stories of mainstream comics right into a platform for private expression, political engagement, and aesthetic experimentation. His unique creations American Flagg!

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