Education: Seriocomics

Donald Duck, meet Karl Marx

Attention, truthseekers. Now, in only minutes a day, you can dip into Einstein, Freud, Marx and other intellectual giants without all that painful reading. The secret: E-Z Read comic books that make you laugh while you learn.

Such an ad might be penned to describe a collection of "documentary comic books," the first of which went on sale this week in U.S. college and trade bookstores. Already selling briskly in Europe and Latin America, the cheeky seriocomics treat great thinkers with snappy drawings and humorous cartoon panels, presumably to appeal to the generation and others intimidated by reading...

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