[Ads-l] graphic novel antedate OED (UNCLASSIFIED)

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Wed Nov 25 18:12:40 UTC 2015


Although A Contract with God did not originate the term, it did popularize it.


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OED cites Will Eisner's _A Contract with God_ title blurb for first citation. (1978)

The term had previously appeared on an obscure gothic romance comic book, _Sinister House of Secret Love_ #2 (dated Dec 1971/Jan 1972):
http://40.media.tumblr.com/6fa7a4dc24590c853f12892e6390d994/tumblr_nsqhsvBnf21tj6hqjo1_1280.jpg
http://www.sequentialcrush.com/2011/10/to-wed-devil-sinister-house-of-secret.html

Wikipedia credits comics fan Richard Kyle with originating the term in an article in _CAPA-ALPHA_ #2 (Nov 1964).  It is reprinted here:

http://www.thecomicbooks.com/misc/Richard%20Kyle%20The%20Future%20of%20Comics.pdf
"So, in future issues of Wonderworld, when you find me using the terms "graphic story" and "graphic novel" to describe the artistically serious "comic book strip," you'll know what I mean."



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