Grant Morrison:

The Early Years

"Fascinating, entertaining, and best of all, wholly accessible."
-- Andy Khouri (Comic Book Resources)

Grant Morrison redefined comics in the 1980s and early ’90s, from his trailblazing creation of Zenith, through his metatextual innovations on Animal Man, to his Dadaist super-heroics on Doom Patrol. Along the way, he also addressed Batman with his multi-layered masterpiece Arkham Asylum and the literary “Gothic” storyline.

Callahan examines all five works in detail, drawing out their evolving themes and exploring Morrison’s sometimes difficult texts in plain language. Rounding out the volume: an exclusive interview with Morrison, a foreword by popular comics writer Jason Aaron, and an appendix addressing Morrison’s even earlier, shorter work.

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Timothy Callahan is the Director of Technology for the North Adams Public Schools and the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Drury High School. He also writes books. He used to co-host the weekly Splash Page podcast, but now he mostly spends his free time writing for Comic Book Resources,,, and Back Issue magazine.

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