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The Art of the Comic Book

In this definitive study of one of popular culture's favorite genres Robert C. Harvey, a cartoonist and comics critic, traces the evolution of the comic book as a potent form of narrative art. He takes ...

Super Heroes

The superhero has been the staple of the modern comic book since the late 1930s. The phenomenally successful movies Superman and Batman have made these two comic book superheroes as familiar worldwide ...

A Haunt of Fears

By Martin Barker
Categories: Comics Studies

Between 1949 and 1955 Britain was swept by a rising tide of panic about “American-style” or “horror” comics. The British press cried out in alarm: “Now Ban This Filth That Poisons Our Children,” ...

The Comics

By Coulton Waugh
Categories: Comics Studies

This trailblazing survey of an art form preferred by the masses was the pioneer study of the subject. It shows the evolution and subgenres of the comics from The Yellow Kid in 1895 through the first decade ...

Comics as Culture

Comics and cartoons are ingrained in American life.

One critic has called comic books “crude, unimaginative, banal, vulgar, ultimately corrupting. ” They have been regarded with considerable suspicion ...

Comic Books as History

By Joseph Witek
Categories: Comics Studies

This well-focused and perceptive analysis of a phenomenon in our popular culture—the new respectability of the comic book form—argues that the comics medium has a productive tradition of telling true ...