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For the aficionado or the neophyte, Comics is a useful overview of a richly creative period in a burgeoning art. And despite the good scholarship the authors have managed to retain the buoyancy and upbeat air attendant on most comics. " Dan Mazur and Alexander . . . do an admirable job with a nearly impossible task. . . . This level of commentary is like porno for critics, a kind of poetic clarity and insightful focus that brings insight into the familiar or unusual while also hitting the important points that need to be stated. Mazur and Danner follow a long history of comics practitioners and aficionados who double and historians of the medium: unlike many, they offer a volume that resonates with scholarly authority. . . . This richly dense treatise will best be read cover to cover. . . . Highly recommended. A beautiful book filed with glorious reprints in color and black and white [that] leaves the reader wanting more...Mazur and Danner are studious in their research and analysis...Worth reading for historians and fans alike. A very helpful book, which will probably end up on many syllabi of academic courses. It is certainly a fine start of hopefully more global, comparative approaches to the history of graphic narratives. One of the most complete, interconnected histories of comics currently available. . . . Mazur and Danner manage to generate a compelling history made up of the various aesthetic strands that have grown out of, and in many cases have transcended, their national/cultural origins. For fans and scholars wanting a more comprehensive history of the medium, one that doesn't begin and end with the American comic book, Comics: A Global History should be the first place that they turn. Global History is not meant to be the last word on its subject--it is, on the contrary, the first word. It will be, I hope, the starting point for young scholars and enthusiasts in the same way that Gardner, Janson and Mast have been.