1st Edition

First Edition
The first edition of the textbook was published in 2009.

     “The authors go out of their way to make the book student friendly: they state the objects of each chapter, highlight significant terminology, list important points, and provide vignettes of incidental information… [T]his book works serves well as the first full-scale text on US comic books and will also be useful in a library setting. Summing up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students.” – J. A. Lent, Choice



Errors and omissions in the first edition:

Cartoons, Comics, and Sequential Art (page 3) “On page 3, 2nd paragraph, where you talk about the Bayeux Tapestry: in the text, the tapestry is dated to ‘circa 1100 BC.’ It should be 1100 AD. I did notice however that other instances where the tapestry is mentioned accurately date it to ‘AD.'”
–Razvan Radan
Other Examples of Comic Book Genres (page 215) “I noticed a misprint on the dating of the run of Classics Illustrated, on p. 215. The span for the series indicated in the box should read ‘1941-1971’ rather than ‘1947-1951.’ I don’t think that I had caught that before. (I understand you may have been treating 1947, the year of the name change from Classic Comics, as the inception of the series, but Gilberton reissued all of the first 34 CC titles under the CI logo and always regarded the publication history as a seamless whole.)”
–Bill Jones
Milestones in the Development of Comic Art Studies (pages 267-269) “I appreciate your mention of me . . . but I noticed too some errors. For example, my book Comics as Culture appeared in 1990, simultaneously with Rusty Witek’s Comic Books as History from UP of Mississippi, and not in 1979 as you have it.  I think you have confused this with my having edited in 1979 a special issue of Studies in Popular Culture with the same title ‘The Comics as Culture.’ And that was the issue in which Bob Harvey’s influential essay appeared.”
–M. Thomas Inge
Discovering: Educational Comics (page 281) “There was, however, a typo on p. 281: ‘Silas Mar[i]ner’ should be ‘Silas Marner’–see p. 6 of Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History.”
Bill Jones
Mythic Criticism (page 284) “I noticed that . . . you talk about the myth of Athena and Ariadne, but it should be Athena and Arachne. Ariadne was actually the girl who helped Theseus escape from the Minotaur.”
–Joshua Walker