Encyclopedia of comic books and graphic novels / M. Keith Booker, editor.

Contributor(s): Booker, M. Keith [editor.] | Gale GroupMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Gale virtual reference libraryPublisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press, 2010-Description: 1 online resource (2 v. (various pagings)) : illISBN: 9780313357473 (electronic book)Subject(s): Comic books, strips, etc. -- DictionariesAdditional physical formats: No titleDDC classification: 741.403 LOC classification: PN6707 | .E49 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
v. 1. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z.
Summary: Focuses on English-language comics, plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works, with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

v. 1. A-L -- v. 2. M-Z.

Focuses on English-language comics, plus a small selection of influential Japanese and European works, with special emphasis on the new graphic novel format that emerged in the 1970s.

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Library Journal Review

In an exploding area like comics, a new encyclopedia every few years only scratches the surface of names, titles, and trends. These two volumes follow Ron Goulart's single-volume but broader Comic Book Encyclopedia (HarperEntertainment, 2004). Booker (English, Univ. of Arkansas; "May Contain Graphic Material": Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Film) includes meaty entries for nearly 200 titles/characters and over 100 creators. Another 50 entries address themes/genres, publishers, and other meta-topics like awards and the Comics Code. Contributors encompass well-credentialed academics and writers (including librarian David Serchay) and a few creators. The emphasis is on Anglophone comics, especially work originating in the United States-indeed, only five entries relate to manga. (Note also that newspaper strips are largely excluded.) Many theme/genre entries are outstanding, such as "Feminism, Race and Ethnicity" and "Religion and Comics." Perhaps it's too easy to criticize omissions: there are no entries on web comics or comics for kids, and any reader is bound to miss favorite creators and titles. Bottom Line This resource evokes mostly the big-selling and award-winning (and preponderantly male) side of comics for ages 15 and up, largely superhero and "mega-indie" titles like Love and Rockets, Maus, Fun Home, and Cerebus, with some coverage of specialized trendsetters and earlier classics. Recommended for most public and academic libraries.-Martha Cornog, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Offering 340 signed entries by 78 comics scholars (mainly PhD students and independent scholars), this encyclopedia covers significant writers, artists, publishers, topics, titles, and characters in the field. Intentionally focused on American subjects, the individual entries have brief introductions (a few sentences to a few pages) with typically few, if any, citations or references. Topical treatments (e.g., themes and genres) exhibit scholarship ranging from substandard to superb. Creator, character, and title entries are well written, yet factually and descriptively oriented, and thus contribute little that is not already available at the freely accessible Wikipedia (CH, Mar'06, 43-3736). Furthermore, the serviceable individual entries fail to cohere. Spotty coverage excludes publisher Harvey Comics, for example, and Archie receives but a cursory five sentences. Even among the more ubiquitous superhero entries, Marvel's B-list Killraven earns two pages, whereas Timely/Marvel icon Sub-Mariner is omitted altogether. More recent creators (Mark Millar, Tim Sale) garner entries, but significant older ones (Roy Thomas, Steve Gerber, Jim Shooter) do not. Frustratingly, many of the book's black-and-white illustrations, taken from film or television adaptations, are poor representations rather than images from the comics themselves. Overall, this expensive set may be safely avoided. Summing Up: Not recommended. D. Orcutt North Carolina State University

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M. Keith Booker is the James E. and Ellen Wadley Roper Professor of English at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, where he also serves as director of the program in comparative literature and cultural studies.

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