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The new age of comics

Comics and graphic novels have never been more creative—and even academics are falling under their spell

By Kim O’Connor   February 2018

"Crime Alley" by Dave Givvons shows a fight scene between Superman, Batman and the Green Arrow. Photo: Dave Gibbons

It’s hard to say when comics became respectable. It was probably some time between 1992, when Art Spiegelman won a Pulitzer Prize for drawing himself as a human-sized mouse, and 2017, when someone paid £530,000 at auction for Robert Crumb’s drawing of two lascivious felines. While the subjects of Spiegelman’s and Crumb’s works are worlds apart—Maus is a family memoir about the Holocaust, while Fritz the Cat concerns a talking feline’s…

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