The Greatest Team-Up Never Told? Paul Buhle Theorizes the New Left and Underground Comix – Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society – article

The Greatest Team-Up Never Told? Paul Buhle Theorizes the New Left and Underground Comix

Paul Williams | Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society

2019-10-22

“””In the late 1960s the writer, editor, and activist Paul Buhle imagined an ambitious political future for underground comix. Across a series of articles – but especially in the 1969 essay “”””Komix Kountermedia”””” – Buhle proposed that the comix were the latest turn in a dialectical history of US comics and they promised to provide the space in which a popular anticapitalist sensibility might be forged. Buhle was inspired by a range of critical thinkers such as C. L. R. James, Antonio Gramsci, and Theodor Adorno, and he saw his Marxist-infused analysis of comix as an American analogue to the work in cultural studies being undertaken in Britain. “”””The Greatest Team-Up Never Told?”””” provides a summary of Buhle’s theoretical coordinates and his hopes for the role that comix might play in the revolution to come.”””

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