The Art of 4CP (7)
By: Joshua Glenn | Categories: Comics, Spectacles

The theme of this nine-part series — drawn from John Hilgart’s high-lowbrow comic-book details collection, and curated by HiLobrow — should be immediately apparent. NB: Some of the images in this series have appeared on 4CP, while others have not.

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From Flash Comics #54 (1944).


Since the spring of 2011, HiLobrow has published 71 4CP-related posts. John talked about 10 of his favorite images for our kickoff “4CP FTW” series; “4CP Friday” asked 21 guest curators to identify themes within the 4CP collection; in the “Meet the L.I.S.” series, John introduced the world to 10 hitherto undiscovered “implicit superheroes”; and in the “Blow Up Your Comics” series, he showed us 30 panels within which he’d discovered wild details. This series of nine posts will bring the HiLobrow-4CP collaboration to an even 80. Check out the 4CP manifesto and 4CP FAQ.

SIMILAR HILOBROW SERIES: SUBSUPERMEN — Golden Age heroes who didn’t make the grade | MASKED MAN | LIMERICKANIA | MEET THE L.I.S. — John Hilgart discovers “implicit superheroes” concealed within comic-book mastheads | 4CP FRIDAY — themed comic-book detail galleries, curated by admirers of John Hilgart’s 4CP project | KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM — 25 writers on 25 Jack Kirby panels | ANNOTATED GIF — Kerry Callen brings comic book covers to life | CHESS MATCH — a gallery of pulp fiction chess games | COMICALLY VINTAGE — that’s-what-she-said vintage comic panels | DC — THE NEW 52 — an 11-year-old reviews DC’s new lineup | FILE X — a one-of-a-kind gallery of “X” pulp paperback covers | SECRET PANEL — Silver Age comics’ double entendres | SKRULLICISM — they lurk among us

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Joshua Glenn is a cultural and brand semiotician, and co-principal of the agency SEMIOVOX LLC. He is editor and publisher of HILOBROW and the Radium Age sci-fi paperback imprint HILOBOOKS. He is author of (with Mark Kingwell and the cartoonist Seth) THE IDLER'S GLOSSARY (2008) and THE WAGE SLAVE'S GLOSSARY (2011); and he is co-editor of the object-oriented story collections TAKING THINGS SERIOUSLY (2007) and SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS (2012). With Elizabeth Foy Larsen and Tony Leone, Josh produced the popular family activities guides UNBORED (2012), UNBORED GAMES (2014), and UNBORED ADVENTURE (2015), not to mention two UNBORED activity kits from MindWare. In the ’00s, Josh was an editor and columnist for the BOSTON GLOBE's IDEAS section; in the ’90s, he published the high-lowbrow zine/journal HERMENAUT. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons.