The Penguin Book of Comics



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"A slight history devised by George Perry and Alan Aldridge."

First published in 1967 and revised in 1971--in the midst of the pop art movement--a lively history of the American comic strip (with one chapter devoted to American comic books and another on British strips). Designed by British graphic designer and illustrator Alan Aldridge. With great seventies spot illustrations and iconic color cover.

From the back cover:

This is the story of strip cartoons since comics began, of the artists who created the characters, and of the characters who took charge of their creators. Here you'll find the true tale of ]are and Flook, of Popeye, Squeak and Wilfred, and Li'l Abner, of Tarzan and Captain America and Peanuts, and of all the characters who live in cages but rule the world... or the better half of it.

In this sumptuous, new and supercharged edition of a now classic book George Perry has updated the original text and Alan Aldridge has provided further evidence of his graphic brilliance and keen eye for social history. This is the book that recalls the old-time childhood magic, yet succinctly defines the new, sharp, cool power the comics exert on adult world.


George Perry, Alan Aldridge

Condition & Attributes

Very Good+ (moderate rubbing to the lower corner, light wear, very flat, tight, sound)


Perry, Alan Aldridge

Publishing Information

1st Revised Edition

Physical Description

11.25 inches
8.7 inches
256 pages
black & white with 16 pages in color
color wraps