Kicked into the Gutters: or, 'My Dad doesn't read comics, he studies them'

Martin Barker

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Abstract

I never dreamed that I would become a comics researcher. Just about everything about me indicated against it. I didn't much read comics as a child (the odd solace of comics on holiday, plus a period of secret fascination with 'Paddy Payne, Hero of the Skies' (The Lion, late-1950s)), and didn't at all as an adult, apart from a brief period of reading 2000AD. But comics, for seventeen years or so, became a focus of my intellectual life. If there is worth in the ensuing autobiography, it is in the weird combinations of accident and necessity that can characterise real research histories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-77
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Comic Art
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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