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Ed Brubaker
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Ed Brubaker (b. 1966) has emerged as one of the most popular, significant figures in art comics since the 1990s. Most famous as the man who killed Captain America in 2007, Brubaker’s work on company-owned properties such as Batman and Captain America and creator-owned series like Criminal and Fatale live up to the usual expectations for the superhero and crime genres. And yet, Brubaker layers his stories with a keen self-awareness, applying his expansive knowledge of American comic book history to invigorate his work and challenge the dividing line between popular entertainment and high art. This collection of interviews explores the sophisticated artist’s work, drawing upon the entire length of the award-winning Brubaker’s career.

With his stints writing Catwoman, Gotham Central, and Daredevil, Brubaker advanced the work of crime comic book writers through superhero stories informed by hard-boiled detective fiction and film noir. During his time on Captain America and his series Sleeper and Incognito, Brubaker revisited the conventions of the espionage thriller. With double agents who lose themselves in their jobs, the stories expose the arbitrary superhero standards of good and evil. In his series Criminal, Brubaker offered complex crime stories and, with a clear sense of the complicated lost world before the Comics Code, rejected crusading critic Fredric Wertham’s myth of the innocence of early comics.

Overall, Brubaker demonstrates his self-conscious methodology in these often little-known and hard-to-find interviews, worthwhile conversations in their own right as well as objects of study for both scholars and researchers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half title, Title page, Copyright, Further titles
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxxviii
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xxxix-xliii
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  1. Cat Got Ed’s Tongue
  2. Jennifer M. Contino
  3. pp. 3-7
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  1. Ed Brubaker Interview
  2. Keith Giles
  3. pp. 8-16
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  1. An ORCA Q&A with Ed Brubaker
  2. Tim O’Shea
  3. pp. 17-22
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  1. Interview with Ed Brubaker
  2. Kuljit Mithra
  3. pp. 23-30
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  1. The Right to Remain Violent: Brubaker Talks “Criminal”
  2. Dave Richards
  3. pp. 31-36
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  1. Brubaker’s Noir World
  2. Mark Rahner
  3. pp. 37-39
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  1. Ed Brubaker Interview
  2. Duane Swierczynski
  3. pp. 40-49
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  1. Interview with Zoe Bell and Ed Brubaker
  2. Joshua Cohen
  3. pp. 50-53
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  1. An Interview with Ed Brubaker
  2. Chris Mautner
  3. pp. 54-66
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  1. Ed Brubaker: Crime, Superheroes, and Comic Book History
  2. Kiel Phegley
  3. pp. 67-72
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  1. Interview: Ed Brubaker
  2. Oliver Sava
  3. pp. 73-88
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  1. Adapting Your Own Work: An Interview with Ed Brubaker
  2. Sean Hood
  3. pp. 89-95
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  1. Brubaker Drives “Fatale” into a Creator-Owned Career
  2. Kiel Phegley
  3. pp. 96-103
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  1. Catching Up with Fatale Writer Ed Brubaker
  2. Mark Rozeman
  3. pp. 104-112
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  1. The Outhouse Interview: Ed Brubaker
  2. Royal Nonesuch
  3. pp. 113-119
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 120-125
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