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Jean-Paul Gabilliet

“Âge d’or de la bd” and “Golden Age of Comics”. About the Franco-Belgian and American Uses of the Notion that Gave Birth to Comics Fandom and Appreciation (1961-2015)

Le Temps des médias n° 27, Automne-Hiver 2016-2017, p. 139-152.

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Comic fandom emerged almost simultaneously in France and the United States in the early 1960s. In both countries fans would then refer to a so-called «golden age » of the medium. In France it focused on the broadsheet weeklies published from 1934 through 1940 that included mostly American material. In the United States the same term designated 10-cent fourcolor comic-books released from 1938 through 1945. Instead of celebrating comics as a means of expression, the fans’ discourses about the “golden age” focused on comic magazines, describing them simultaneously as vehicles of the medium and of the individuals’ nostalgic reconstruction of their daily experience as young comics readers.

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