Criminal masterminds, shoehorn worshippers, President McCain
by R.C. Baker
The Village Voice
December 18th, 2007 12:40 PM
Comics. They began more than a century ago as a circulation booster during Hearst and Pulitzer’s newspaper wars. But with an ever-refreshing youth demographic, they remain eternally hip and popular. How best to sort through 2007’s many offerings?
Start with Douglas Wolk’s deeply engaging historical survey Reading Comics (Da Capo, 405 pp., $22.95)—his warts-‘n’-all analysis of Will Eisner is alone worth the price of admission. (One of the giants of the medium, Eisner couldn’t completely escape the racism of mid-century America in his otherwise wonderful seven-page Spirit melodramas.)