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Mythological Time: Model-Dependent Realism in Art

In Arts, Arts and Culture, Culture, Essay, Spring 2015 by Kaitlin MooreLeave a Comment

“He comes from both sorts of time. He pops up in linear time, the time that gives us death and babies and old relatives. And yet there he is in mythological time: circular time, the time where the seasons die and resurrect, and so do gods and heroes. Where the …

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When the Comic Industry Almost Died: The 1950s War Against Comics

In Arts and Culture, Columns, Comics, Spring 2015 by Dan SpinelliLeave a Comment

In November, Under the Button (Penn’s humorous student-run blog) went through Van Pelt Library looking for strange book titles. One of the gems uncovered during UTB’s trek through the library was none other than Seduction of the Innocent by Dr. Fredric Wertham, a nasty-looking tome published in 1954. For UTB’s …

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Sex Criminals and the Creator-Owned Revolution

In Arts and Culture, Columns, Comics by Dan SpinelliLeave a Comment

In my last column, I addressed the problem of stagnant storytelling in many major comics. Brian K. Vaughan, the acclaimed writer of comics like Y: The Last Man and Saga, put it best: “Something like Spider-Man, a book that never has a third act, that seems crazy.” Such complaints rightly …

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New X-Men and the Question of Superhero Stasis

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In May 2001, Marvel Comics hired Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison to overhaul their flagship heroes, the X-Men. Morrison joined Marvel after a highly successful stint at DC Comics, where he coalesced the Justice League of America into the wildly successful JLA. Like Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, two other …

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