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Barrier, Michael and Williams, Martin eds. A Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Comics. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981, 336 p.

A collection of reprints from the history of comics, from Superman and Little Lulu to the lesser known Scribbly, are presented with short introductions, plus a bibliography.

Estren, Mark James. A History of Underground Comics. Berkeley, CA.: Ronin Publishing, 1986, 319 p.

This reissue of a 1974 edition is arranged impressionistically rather than for scholars, with historical and bibliographic information on underground comix.

Gifford, Denis. The International Book of Comics. New York: Crescent Books, 1984, 256 p.

A carefully inventoried collection of comic book covers from around the world are presented in color and black and white, with a historical overview and index.

Hirsh, Michael and Loubert, Patrick. The Great Canadian Comic Books. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: P. Martin Associates, 1971, 264 p.

Genre comics dating from the days of WWII, from the publishing house of Cyril Vaughan Bell, are introduced and annotated.

Lee, Stan. Bring on the Bad Guys. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1976, 253 p.

Stories involving the villains of classic Marvel comics, like the Red Skull, are introduced with some information on their origins.

. Origins of Marvel Comics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1974, 254 p.

Comic book covers are reprinted, with original stories starring the Hulk, Spiderman and more, introduced by editor Lee.

. Son of Origins of Marvel Comics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975, 249 p.

A companion book to Origins is devoted to the likes of the X-Men and Silver Surfer.

O'Neil, Dennis ed. Secret Origins of the Super DC Heroes. New York: Warner Books, 1976, 239 p.

Debut comic book sequences for ten of the most popular DC Comics characters, including Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman, are introduced by artist Carmine Infantino.

Schodt, Frederik L. Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics. Tokyo, Japan: Kodansha International, 1983, 260 p.

A bibliography, index and translated sequences illustrate an industry with its own character and history.

Scott, Naomi ed. Heart Throbs, the Best of DC Romance Comics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979, 256 p.

A series of the publishing house's stories is reprinted, with a separate credits index.

Superman from the Thirties to the Seventies. New York: Crown Publishers, 1971, 386 p.

A sourcebook for original publication information on 28 Superman adventures, reprinted in color and black and white; introduced by a history of mass media representations of this enduring character.

Uslan, Michael ed. Mysteries in Space, the Best of DC Science-Fiction Comics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980, 251 p.

Science fiction comics dating between 1951 and 1964 are reprinted, with a bibliography of all DC comics in the same genre.

Secondary Sources

Abbot, Lawrence L. "Comic Art: Characteristics and Potentialities of a Narrative Medium." Journal of Popular Culture 19, No. 4 (Spring 1986): 155-176.

An analysis of the interaction of text and picture in sequential art in terms of perceptual psychology.

Adams, Kenneth Alan and Lester Hill, Jr. "Protest and Rebellion: Fantasy Themes In Japanese Comics." Journal of Popular Culture 25, No. 1 (Summer 1991): 99-127.

Certain recurrent themes in manga are interpreted according to the Freudian psychology of psychosexual developmental stages.

Bailey, Bruce. "An Inquiry into Comic Books." Journal of Popular Culture X, No. 1 (Summer 1976): 245-248.

The effects of the Comics Code Authority on romance comics is shown to have resulted in less severe censorship of their most typical storylines.

Barker, Martin. Comics: Ideology, Power and the Critics. New York: Manchester University Press, 1989, 320 p.

An inquiry into the trustworthiness of sociological studies, particularly of mass media and their effects on adult and child consumers.

Brent, Ruth S. "Nonverbal Design Language in Comics."

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