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The Story Behind the Comics

The first step to geeking out about comics is to read some. The second step is to read all about them. Check out these great histories and analyses of modern comics.

Super boys: the amazing adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—-the creators of Superman by Brad Ricca

Comic book nation: the transformation of youth culture in America by Bradford W. Wright

The ten-cent plague: the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu

Understanding comics: the invisible art by [Scott McCloud]

DC Comics: sixty years of the world's favorite comic book heroes by Les Daniels ; introduction by Jenette Kahn

Superman on the couch: what superheroes really tell us about ourselves and our society by Danny Fingeroth ; foreword by Stan Lee

How to read superhero comics and why by Geoff Klock

Foul play: the art and artists of the notorious 1950s E.C. comics! by Grant Geissman

The golden age of DC Comics: 365 days by written and selected by Les Daniels ; designed and selected by Chip Kidd ; photographed by Geoff Spear

Marvel Comics: the untold story by Sean Howe