Engines at Top Speed! Using the Adventures of a Comic Book Motorsports Hero as an Approach to Understanding Recent French History

García Arjona, Noemi and Laffage Cosnier, Sébastien and Vivier, Christian (2017). Engines at Top Speed! Using the Adventures of a Comic Book Motorsports Hero as an Approach to Understanding Recent French History. "Sport in History", v. 38 (n. 1); pp. 1-22. ISSN 1746-0263. https://doi.org/10.1080/17460263.2017.1358655.

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Title: Engines at Top Speed! Using the Adventures of a Comic Book Motorsports Hero as an Approach to Understanding Recent French History
Author/s:
  • García Arjona, Noemi
  • Laffage Cosnier, Sébastien
  • Vivier, Christian
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sport in History
Date: March 2017
Volume: 38
Subjects:
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (INEF) (UPM)
Department: Ciencias Sociales de la Actividad Física, del Deporte y del Ocio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Jean Graton created a series of comic books called Michel Vaillant, and its motorsports hero bore the same name. Michel Vaillant made his first appearance in 1957 in the weekly Tintin. Young French boys who loved adventure, sports and car racing greeted this publication with great enthusiasm. We studied the first series of Michel Vaillant, composed of 16 comic books produced in the 1960s. We have departed from traditional approaches and have based our method on the analysis of the sources of Graton?s inspiration. We link these sources to the comics? text bubbles, visual signs and iconic meanings of the drawings. Our analysis of the comics? iconography based on the establishment of a mass culture dedicated to the automobile brings to light the existence of an urge to go beyond the limits of tradition. Our research highlights that the success of Michel Vaillant is due, in the main, to the series? detailed knowledge of the automobile sports industry, and to the myths of speed, youth and progress that it promulgates ? myths in which its young male readers could see themselves reflected and which would also prepare them for the future.

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Item ID: 50315
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/50315/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:50315
DOI: 10.1080/17460263.2017.1358655
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17460263.2017.1358655?scroll=top&needAccess=true
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 23 Oct 2018 11:45
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 15:27
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