Memory and history are important features of comics that have always been celebrated and covered in the comic-related media and scholarship. The history of comics has been defined through various phases, such as the Golden Age, the Silver Age, the Bronze Age in the case of popular American comics. Other such types of classification attempting to explain memory in comics have exist in other comics literature.
This history of comics can be explained through events but a column like the Back Issue one presented here, in terms of hermeneutics, is focused mostly on the work itself as opposed to the creators or the context in which the comics were produced. It is amazing in a way that as soon as we discuss back issues, the hermeneutic focus is on the work to the exclusion of other realities.
However, one could argue that when discussing back issues, that we do not even focus on the entire artifact, only looking at the work itself, and not the medium which it came in. This is mostly because the artifact used by the reviewer will be a unique copy of from thousands of replicated samples.
Hervé St-Louis, PhD, March 12, 2022
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The Archer & Armstrong Complete Classic Omnibus collects most of comics first published in 1992 in one hardbound edition.
April 23, 2015 - 19:12
@VIZMedia presents Vagabond Volume 37, in which Miyamoto Musashi is able to get food for his fellow starving villagers... but at a steep personal cost.
April 22, 2015 - 21:46
@VIZMedia presents Dengeki Daisy Volume 16 - the final volume of the series. Did our heroes escape the exploding island?
June 28, 2012 - 13:17
Grant Morrison pushes the envelope and extends messianic myth in his Batman comics
June 7, 2012 - 13:27
An analysis of David Mack's work in regards to commerciality and "transcending" comic books
June 1, 2012 - 13:07
Captain America speaks Spanish and combats US troops in this subversive miniseries, Dead Men Running
December 4, 2011 - 23:54
This is the new gentle Invincible that wants to preserve life on Earth
September 17, 2011 - 14:39
A look back at DC's forgotten hero...
September 4, 2011 - 11:07
A look back at DC's first real stab at a SHIELD analog.
August 13, 2011 - 08:44
The series ends with a slight case of the bends...
August 8, 2011 - 19:54
Aquaman as King David?
August 7, 2011 - 09:51
Aliens and the lost cities of Atlantis...
August 5, 2011 - 21:08
Aquaman meets the 90s...
August 1, 2011 - 21:25
A look back at a classic run...
July 27, 2011 - 15:03
David Lloyd's lost noir epic revisited
July 21, 2011 - 18:15
The third volume of High School of the Dead begins to show the series’ weaknesses.
July 9, 2011 - 19:28
Hello, Hero, are you for hire tonight?
March 10, 2011 - 10:51
Part homage and part revisionist recommencement, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents has the makings of a book that will one day be looked back on as fondly as Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol or Animal Man.
March 7, 2011 - 14:34
With the Batman: Conspiracy collection hitting stands recently, Dan finds himself inspired to retread some of his favorite Batman stories.
December 30, 2010 - 11:08
Tony Stark’s demo car running on repulsor technology has been hacked and hundreds of drones are ready to destroy it
April 27, 2010 - 22:48
The rogue Captain America from the 1950s that has been reactivated has allied himself with a white supremacist and fascist group
March 29, 2010 - 08:21
Spider-Man has gone berserk, preying on the criminals of New York City
January 24, 2010 - 19:24
The late 1980’s Batman miniseries gets a fifth printing. It should never have gotten a second.
January 23, 2010 - 22:44
The re-formation of the Justice League of America
December 26, 2009 - 23:26
The original comic books are collected in a single omnibus, but has The Tick stood the test of time?
December 14, 2009 - 17:47
We thought it was over, but Mr Ellis and Mr Cassaday had unfinished business. Read it and smile.
December 12, 2009 - 11:00
When the U.S. military detonates its’ latest experimental bomb…,the Quantum Bomb…, the after-effects are wholly unexpected
December 12, 2009 - 08:10
Jon Geoffries has a problem with nightmares. Sometimes, he thinks he may be going insane
November 28, 2009 - 19:08
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November 22, 2009 - 12:42
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October 20, 2009 - 07:15
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September 18, 2009 - 07:28
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September 17, 2009 - 07:53
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September 15, 2009 - 13:08
World peace by way of the super fist.
September 11, 2009 - 11:29
In praise of Mike Cavallaro.
September 1, 2009 - 08:19
Once proposed as a Captain America storyline...
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July 23, 2009 - 07:39
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