The Comic-Stripped American: What Dick Tracy, Blondie, Daddy Warbucks and Charlie Brown Tell Us about Ourselves

The Comic-Stripped American: What Dick Tracy, Blondie, Daddy Warbucks and Charlie Brown Tell Us about Ourselves

The Comic-Stripped American: What Dick Tracy, Blondie, Daddy Warbucks and Charlie Brown Tell Us about Ourselves

The Comic-Stripped American: What Dick Tracy, Blondie, Daddy Warbucks and Charlie Brown Tell Us about Ourselves

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Since this is the first book that I know of which deals with the way comics reflect our culture, I feel that I owe my readers an explanation of how I came to write this book, and why I wrote it. Although comic strips and books have long been part of the American imagination, they have received almost no serious attention. (My earlier book, Li'l Abner: A Study in American Satire, is one of the few exceptions.)

I like to think of myself, then, as a pioneer. There have been many articles and books on the history of the comics, but they have all been quite general, if not superficial. Critics of literature and sociologists have done some prelimi-

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