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ERIC Number: ED024682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Pages: 5
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Comics As Classics?
Suhor, Charles
The Teachers Guide to Media & Methods, v3 n9 p26-9 May 1967
Comics--as a special literary genre--must be judged by special criteria. In fact, the four-panel daily comic strip must be judged by different standards from the full-length comic book or the single- or double-frame comic. Among the four-panel strips are found comics that make a claim to literary quality--"Li'l Abner,""Pogo," and "Peanuts." These comic strips are "uniquely expressive" and transcend the severe limitations of their genre through a creative use of language and symbolism. Charles Schultz's technique in "Peanuts" involves understatement and symbolism through which adult personality types act in the guise of children. Walt Kelly's "Pogo-lingo"--a purposeful, comic distortion of language employing many puns--becomes part of the cartooning style and, thus, has graphic value. Like Kelly, Al Capp is a satirist, and his Abner is in the American tradition of the innocent picaro whose responses reveal the shams of society. (JS)
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