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Making Sense Squared: Iteration and Synthesis in Grant Morrison’s Joker

Mark P. Williams

in The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628462388
eISBN:
9781626746831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462388.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Mark P. Williams uses the Joker as a vehicle through which to meditate on “the reader’s own relationship with the superhero form, and the superhero form’s relationship with contemporary modernity.” ... More


Truth, Justice, and the Socialist Way?: The Politics of Grant Morrison’s Superman

Phil Bevin

in Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496816641
eISBN:
9781496816689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496816641.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Bevin argues that Grant Morrison’s contribution to DC’s New 52 presents readers with a Superman who starts his career as a partisan social activist fighting for the rights of the most vulnerable in ... More


The World’s Strangest Heroes

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter explores Grant Morrison’s first works for DC Comics in the 1980s. Morrison pitched to DC his remake of Animal Man: a remake of the 1960s DC comic book character that fell into obscurity. ... More


Widescreen

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses Grant Morrison’s participation in the 1990s in the resurgence of the superhero comics. Morrison was said to have pioneered the “widescreen” approach, which featured ... More


A Union of Opposites

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter explores the style of comic book writer Grant Morrison in his writing and illustrating. His style was said to have been derived from the good aspects of punk music, which can be seen ... More


Ground Level

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses the ground level roots of Grant Morrison in writing comics. Ground level comics are those comics that operated within mainstream genres, but allowed experimental layouts, ... More


The Invisible Kingdom

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses Grant Morrison’s works for Vertigo Comics, a subsidiary group of DC Comics. In 1993, for his first writing project for Vertigo, Morrison wrote Sebastian O, which tells the ... More


Free Agents

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Grant Morrison’s comic book projects for Vertigo Comics during and after his stint in Marvel Comics. It explains that during his stay in Marvel Comics, his projects for Vertigo ... More


Work for Hire

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses Grant Morrison’s comic book works in the “Prismatic Age” of the superhero genre. The 2000s was identified as the “Prismatic Age,” because it was during this decade where the ... More


Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Marc Singer

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

One of the most eclectic and distinctive writers currently working in comics, Grant Morrison (b. 1960) brings the auteurist sensibility of alternative comics and graphic novels to the popular ... More


A Time of Harvest

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter explores the return of Grant Morrison to the conventional comic book writing for the DC Comics superheroes. In 2005, Morrison released Seven Soldiers, a project that aims to revive ... More


Contemporary British Superheroes (1994– Present)

Chris Murray

in The British Superhero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496807373
eISBN:
9781496807410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807373.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines contemporary British superheroes created since 1994. In the aftermath of the phenomenal international success of Watchmen, Arkham Asylum, and The Sandman, British creators and ... More


Signals from Airstrip One: The British Invasion of Mainstream American Comics

Chris Murray

in The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737929
eISBN:
9781604737936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737929.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The Beatles’ very first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 was hailed by the American press as the “British Invasion” of rock and roll. Exactly two decades later, the British ... More


Conclusion

Chris Murray

in The British Superhero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496807373
eISBN:
9781496807410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807373.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This book has explored the British superhero's long and complex history, even though many have now faded into obscurity. It has also highlighted the ever-shifting balance between parody and satire in ... More


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