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About the AuthorPaul C. Tumey is a comic scholar, writer, and designer. He co-edited and wrote for The Art of Rube Goldberg A) Inventive B) Cartoon C) Genius (Abrams, 2014). He was a contributing editor and essayist for the Library of American Comics' King of the Comics: 100 Years of King Features, and wrote the introduction to LOAC's The Bungle Family 1930. Most recently, Tumey co-edited and introduced Foolish Questions and Other Odd Observations by Rube Goldberg (Sunday Press, 2017). He writes a column for The Comics Journal and lives in Seattle, Washington.
Author 1Paul Tumey
Book DescriptionBefore "screwball" became a movie genre, it was a staple of other forms of American culture, including newspaper comic strips. Emerging from the pressures of a rapidly accelerating technological and information-drenched society, screwball comics offered a healthy dose of laughter and perspective. The disruptive, manic, and surreal verbal-visual comedy of these "funnies" fostered an absurdist sensibility embraced by The Marx Brothers (who took their names from a popular comic strip), W. C. Fields, Tex Avery, Spike Jones, Ernie Kovacs, and Mad magazine. Comics scholar Paul C. Tumey traces the development of screwball as a genre in magazine cartoons and newspaper comics, presenting the work of around fifteen cartoonists, with an art-stuffed chapter on each.
LanguageEnglish
Number of Pages272
Publication Date43690
PublisherIDW Publishing