Although the annotations will have to wait for a bit, I thought I’d get this page started with a few entries that I have found useful in my own research. Unfortunately, most studies of comic books come from within the profession itself and tend therefore to lack a critical or analytical lens. The majority of these books are publishing histories of Marvel and DC, and while useful in that respect, leave much to be done for serious scholars who wish to evaluate the medium.
Brown, Jeffrey A. Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics and Their Fans. Jackson: Univ. of Mississippi Press, 2001.
Lobel, Michael. Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2002.
Nyberg, Amy Kiste. Seal of Approval: The History of the Comics Code. Jackson: Univ. of MIssissippi Press, 1998.
Savage, William W., Jr. Comic Books and America, 1945-1954. Norman: Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1990.
Wright, Bradford W. Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2001.