General Reading

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Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture
by Laurence Maslon

Companion to the PBS documentary series, this is a great introduction and overview of the history of American comic books and culture. Lots here for new readers and those with a good knowledge of the period.

 

 

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Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
by Sean Howe

Fascinating – and really well told – account of the history of Marvel. Howe recounts the highs and lows of the company in an engaging way.

 

 

 

 

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Supergods
by Grant Morrison

Morrison’s personal exploration of the history of superhero comics. He entwines the developing mythos of characters, the stories of their creators with his own childhood and early years as a writer.

 

 

 

 

cb history of comicsThe Comic Book History of Comics
by Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey

Visual cartoon with high dose of humour. Don’t be fooled into thinking this will only superficially cover the history. It’s full of detail.

 

 

 

 

 

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Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World’s Greatest Comics
by Les Daniels

An official history of the company published in the early 1990s. It’s a lovely, glossy book to look at (as are all Daniels’ histories) and gives a comprehensive account of the development of the Marvel line.

 

 

 

 

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Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book
by Jordan Raphael & Tom Sturgeon

Gives a history of Lee’s involvement and influence on comics. It shatters the illusion of Stan “The Man” Lee and presents him as playing less of a role in the creation of the Marvel heroes than usually considered.

I’ve reviewed it Review of “Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall”.

 

 

 

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American Comic Book Chronicles: 1950s
by Bill Schelly

Superlative history of American comics and culture of the 1950s.

 

 

 

 

 

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American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64
by John Wells

Incredibly detailed exploration of the first half of the 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-69
by John Wells

Second half of the decade covered in exhaustive detail.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Podcasts

Recommended titles that link with episodes of the podcast. You can’t go wrong with anything produced by Tomorrows.

Episode 001: Revival of Captain America, The Sub-mariner & Human Torch
Episode 002: Distribution Crisis & the "Marvel Method"
Episode 003: Monsters
Episode 004: The Fantastic Four

General Reading
 




Episode 001: Revival of Captain America, The Sub-mariner & Human Torch

mm atlas 74Marvel Masterworks Vol. 73 : Atlas Era Heroes 1
by Bill Everett, John Romita, Carl Burgos, Russ Heath, Stan Lee.

Collects Marvel Boy #1-2, Astonishing #3-6, Young Men #24-28.

 

 

 

 

 

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Marvel Masterworks Vol. 92: Atlas Era Heroes 2
by Bill Everett, John Romita, Dick Ayers, Stan Lee

Collects Men’s Adventures #27-28, Captain America #76-78 and Human Torch #36-38

 

 

 

 

 

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Marvel Masterworks Vol. 104: Atlas Era Heroes 2
by Bill Everett, Dick Ayers, Stan Lee

Collects Sub-Mariner #33-42.

 

 

 

 

 

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Alter Ego 35 (April 2004)

 

Excellent article on the revival of Cap, Namor and Torch by Roy Thomas.