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By Wheeler Winston Dixon
A short historical past of comedian ebook Movies strains the meteoric upward push of the hybrid paintings kind of the comedian ebook movie. those movies hint their origins again to the early Forties, while the 1st Batman and Superman serials have been made. The serials, and later tv exhibits within the Fifties and 60s, have been for the main half designed for kids. yet this day, with the ongoing upward push of Comic-Con, they appear to be extra part of the mainstream than ever, attractive to adults in addition to more youthful lovers. This booklet examines comedian ebook video clips from the previous and current, exploring how those movies formed American tradition from the post-World warfare II period to the current day, and the way they tailored to the altering tastes and mores of succeeding generations.
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A Brief History of Comic Book Movies by Wheeler Winston Dixon