Research Project

For my research paper I am studying the evolution of comic books. Previously I have read a bit about Marvel and it’s main contributors Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. In this assignment I hope to learn more about the influential companies that contributed to the progression of comics and the relationship between comic books and American society. I think that comic books greatly reflect the views of the public throughout history as well as politically ongoings. Although many of these characters are fictional, a lot of them were created based on the challenges American people were facing based on different time periods.

After reading Batman: Year One, I can now understand the concern parents had for their young children who read comics. As I further research this topic I am finding a lot of the content developed is very dark and personally I think is meant for a more mature audience. Tonight when I have a chance, I plan to watch a documentary that discusses more on the development of comics in order to see if there is anything else I would like to discuss in this paper.

I have to admit I have never written a paper this size before and find it to be somewhat daunting. Although I usually enjoy writing I feel the quantity of this assignment is somewhat distracting. I believe once I get further into the writing process, this will start to become a lot easier. Thankfully I have a topic that is interesting which I believe will help in reading and gathering of information.

Here is my current bibliography in which I hope to continue adding more sources to:

Ellis, Allen, and Doug Highsmith. “About Face: Comic Books In Library Literature.” Serials Review 26.2 (2000): 21. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.

Rʼnžička, Jiří G. “American Superheroes And The Politics Of Good And Evil.” New Presence: The Prague Journal Of Central European Affairs 12.2 (2010): 46-48. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.

GENTER, ROBERT. ““With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”: Cold War Culture And The Birth Of Marvel Comics.” Journal Of Popular Culture 40.6 (2007): 953-978. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.

Lacter, Mark. “Stan Lee Marvel Comics.” Inc 31.9 (2009): 94-97. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.

Hahn, Joel. “A Librarian’s Guide To DC Comics.” Serials Review 24.2 (1998): 65. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.

Clarke, Gerald. “The Comics On The Couch.” Time 98.24 (1971): 96. Academic Search Complete. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.


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