Comic book industry: the eternal confrontation between DC and Marvel
They made every effort to create their own and completely fantastic world. Both publishers have repeatedly changed their names and approaches to the audience in order to keep their attention.…

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When were superheroes gloomy and harsh?
The conditional periodization of American comic books about superheroes implies decline. The formation years of the genre, 1938-1945, are called the Golden Age. Then - after a ten-year hiatus, when…

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Art and suffering in Angouleme: Is there a place for a woman in the comic book industry?
The 43rd International Comic Festival, the most significant event of its kind in Europe, held in Angouleme, a city in France, ended a few days ago on a sullen note:…

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When were superheroes gloomy and harsh?

The conditional periodization of American comic books about superheroes implies decline. The formation years of the genre, 1938-1945, are called the Golden Age. Then – after a ten-year hiatus, when superheroes were eclipsed by other genres such as horror, detective stories, and love stories – a DC Silver re-launch of Flash in Showcase No. 4 opened in October 1956 by DC Comics. This period, marked by the revival of DC Golden Age superheroes and the reign of Marvel Comics, continues until 1970, when it is replaced by the Bronze Age. A new phase has recently appeared in this history of decline, dubbed the Dark Age of Comics. Unlike the phrase “New Time”, used to refer to the same period, “The Dark Age” suggests a figurative fall in the comics about superheroes to the level of cultural impoverishment, which is associated with stereotypes of medieval Europe. The irony is that the Dark Age was marked by a series of revolutionary publications that helped improve the cultural position of superhero comics. The most famous of these iconic comics are Watchmen (1986–1987) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (1986). These serious, autoreflective texts that set new standards for the formal and thematic possibilities of the genre can, in fact, be considered as texts characterizing the Dark Age, which, according to some formulations, continues from the mid-1980s to the present. Thus, despite its name, the Dark Age of Comics marked the emergence of real masterpieces and the Continue reading

The art of illustrating the "Art of War"
When more than thirty years ago Tsai (Tsai Chih Chung) decided to adapt Sun Tzu's “Art of War” into a more modern format, he wanted to breathe new life into…

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How Americans imported German humor
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3 personal "cant" of the "Official Marvel Comic Book Collection"
At the beginning of this year, the French publishing house Ashet, with the support of the Italian Panini, launched an attack on the Russian comic book market. On the shelves…

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"Rent: A Baster Casey Biography"
The film company Franco bought the rights to the film adaptation of the book "Rent: a biography of Buster Casey." Recently, James Franco writes, directs, produces and plays in so…

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