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'The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics' by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly
'The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics' by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly

What a long way comics have come. Routinely vilified by parents half a century ago, they now "confidently [stride] into bookstores, museums, and universities," note Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly in their monumental "The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics" (Abrams ComicArts: 352 pp., $40), "cleverly disguised as the upwardly mobile 'graphic novel.' " Spiegelman and Mouly, of course, are two of the people most responsible for this cultural rehabilitation, with their journal Raw, in which Spiegelman published, in serial form, the stories that became his Holocaust tragicomic "Maus." For the last decade or so, however,...

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