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Meanwhile.: A Biography of Milton Caniff, Creator of Terry and the Pirates, and Steve Canyon

Harvey, R. C.

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ISBN 10: 1560977825 / ISBN 13: 9781560977827
Published by Fantagraphics Books, Scranton, 2007
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Meanwhile.: A Biography of Milton Caniff, ...

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Scranton

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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by R.C. Harvey
Milton Caniff, Terry and the Pirates, and Steve Canyon: Meanwhile..
. traces Caniff's life from the cradle to the grave, marking the milestones in the development of the comic strip (Steve Canyon, and Terry and the Pirates) that Caniff established. Caniff reshaped the medium and set standards by which all storytelling strips were subsequently judged. The book examines the artistic innovations and work routines of a nationally distributed cartoonist whose career was central the development of the artform, marking along the way the milestones in the development of comic strip artistry that Caniff established.

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In the 1930s and 1940s, the newspaper comic strip was one of the nation's most popular storytelling media, and Caniff's exotic high-adventure Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon were among the most widely read strips. The popularity of the China-based Terry skyrocketed in the early forties, when its cast entered World War II, but it was Caniff's bold abandonment of the successful strip in 1946 to launch Canyon, which continued until the artist's death, in 1988, that landed him on the cover of Time. Today aficionados consider his achievement unmatched, and his innovative combination of atmospherically chiaroscuro illustration and cinematic continuity still hugely influences contemporary cartoonists. Comics scholar Harvey, who worked on this biography for nearly 25 years, had the benefit of extensively interviewing Caniff, and the wealth of firsthand information he obtained and conveys helps explain why it weighs in at just short of 1,000 pages, which may strike some as excessive but, given Caniff's towering stature in the comics field, seems only appropriate, perhaps even necessary. Flagg, Gordon

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