A Bibliography of Comics Articles

in the Journal of Popular Culture


by Michael Rhode




In-Depth sections on comics were done in 5:1 (Summer 1971) and 12:4 (Spring 1979).  Over 100 articles relating to comics have been published at this time.  This bibliography was compiled from the title pages of the Journal and may be missing some articles especially after 1996 when I stopped reviewing issues.  Comic books & strips and gag & political cartoons were included while animation usually was not.  Comments and corrections are welcome.  Copyrighted, but may be reproduced for scholarly research including by institutions and on the Internet.  The Comics Research Bibliography provided information on the articles by Sawyer and Williams included in the September 1996 update and the 1999 Foster article.  Randy Scott of Michigan State University Library's Comic Art Collection pointed out Sanders, Lanyi's Rico and Perebinossof articles for the May 1997 update.  Browne's review of Reynolds and Witek's Total War articles added in July 1997.  Tom Furtwangler's Fotonovela Bibliography provided the Nye photoroman cite in August 1997. Mark Rogers pointed out the two articles from summer 1998 for the February 1999 version.   The March 2003 update was derived from InfoTrac's database. * marks additions.



Abbott, Laurence L.  Comic Art: Characteristics And Potentialities Of A Narrative Medium, JPC 19:4 (Spring 1986).


*Abel, Sam.  The rabbit in drag: camp and gender construction in the American animated cartoon,

Journal of Popular Culture 29:3 (Winter 1995): 183-202.


Adams, Kenneth L. & Lester Hill Jr.  Protest and Rebellion: Fantasy Themes in Japanese Comics, JPC 25:1 (Summer 1991).


Anderson, Celia Catlett.  Saturday Morning Survival Kit, JPC 17:4 (Spring 1984).  [On animation based on comics.]


Araujo, Jeanne B.  SZEP - Cartoonist?  Artist?  JPC 10:3 (Winter 1976).


Arden, Stuart.  The Good Soldier Schweick And His American Cartoon Counterparts, JPC 9:1 (Summer 1975).


Bailey, Bruce.  An Inquiry Into Love Comic Books: The Token Evolution Of A Popular Genre, JPC 10:1 (Summer 1976).

Barshay, Robert.  The Cartoon Of Modern Sensibility, JPC 8:3 (Winter 1974).


Berger, Arthur.  Comics And Culture, JPC 5:1 (Spring 1971).


Berger, Arthur A.  Peanuts: An American Pastoral, JPC 3:1 (Summer 1969).


Blackmore, Tim.  Blind Daring: Vision and Revision of Sophocles's Oedipus Tyrannus in Frank Miller's Daredevil: Born Again, JPC 27:3 (Winter 1993), p. 135-162.


Blackmore, Tim.  McCay's McChanical Muse: Engineering Comic Strip Dreams, JPC 32:1 (Summer 1998).


Brasch, Walter M.  Book Review: The People's Comic Book translated by Endymion Wilkinson, JPC 10:2 (Fall 1976).


Brody, Michael.  Batman: Psychic Trauma And Its Solution, JPC 29:1 (Summer 1995).


Broes, Arthur T.  Dick Tracy: The Early Years, JPC 25:4 (Spring 1992): 97-122.


*Brown, Jeffrey A.  Comic book fandom and cultural capital, Journal of Popular Culture 30:4  (Spring 1997): 13-31.


Brown, Lloyd W.  Comic Strip Heroes: Leroi Jones And The Myth Of American Innocence, JPC 3:2 (Fall 1969).


Browne, Ray B.  Book Review: American Comic Strip Collections 1884-1939: The Revolutionary Era by Denis Gifford,  JPC 26:2 (Fall 1992): 153.


Browne, Ray.  Book Review: Animation, Caricature And Gag And Political Cartoons In The United States And Canada.  An International Bibliography by John A. Lent, JPC 28:2 (Fall 1994).


*Browne, Ray.  Book Review: Celebrity caricature in America, Journal of Popular Culture 34: 4 (Spring 2001): 198-199.


*Browne, Ray B.  Book Review: Not Just for Children: The Mexican Comic  Book in the Late 1960s and 1970s by Harold E. Hinds, Jr. and Charles M. Tatum, JPC 27:1 (Summer 1993): 232.


Browne, Ray.  Book Review: Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology by Richard Reynolds, JPC 30:2 (Fall 1996).


Browne, Ray B.  Book Review: The Early Comic Strip: Narrative Strips And Picture Stories In The European Broadsheet From c. 1450 To 1825 by David Kunzle, JPC 7:3 (Winter 1973).


Browne, Ray B.  Book Review: The Great American Comics Strip: One Hundred Years of Cartoon Art by Judith O'Sullivan, JPC 26:2 (Fall 1992): 153.

Browne, Ray B.  Book Review: The History of the Comic Strip: The Nineteenth Century by David Kunzle, JPC 25:4 (Spring 1992): 174.


Browne, Ray B.  Book Review: The Mighty Marvel Comics Strength And Fitness Book by Anne Picardo and Joe Giella, JPC 12:1 (Summer 1978).


Bullock, Glenda Jo.  Book Review: The Cartoon Connection: The Art Of Pictorial Humour As Seen By William Hewison, JPC 13:4 (Spring 1980).  [Hewison was the cartoon editor for Punch.]


Carl, Leroy M.  Political Cartoons: 'Ink Blots' Of The Editorial Page, JPC 4:1 (Summer 1970).


Codell, Julie F.  Sir Isumbras, M.P.: Millais's Painting And Political Cartoons, JPC 22:3 (Winter 1988)


Coleman, Earle J.  The Funnies, The Movies And Aesthetics, JPC 18:4 (Spring 1985).


Cook, Fred.  Book Review: The Bat Staffel by Robert J. Hogan, JPC 4:2 (Fall 1970).  [A reprint of the G-8 and his Battle Aces pulp with a Steranko cover.]


Corballis, Richard & Vernon Small.  New Zealand Cartoon Strips, JPC 19:2 (Fall 1985).


*Croce, Paul Jerome.  A Clean and Separate Space: Walt Disney in Person and Production, JPC 25:3 (Winter 1991): 91-104.


Dorrell, Larry D., Dan B. Curtis & Kuldip R. Rampal.  Book-Worms Without Books?  Students Reading Comic Books In The School House, JPC 29:2 (Fall 1995).


Faust, Wolfgang Max with technical assistance from R. Baird Shuman.  Comics And How To Read Them, JPC 5:1 (Summer 1971).


*Fischer, Roger A.  Book Review: Between the Wars, 1919-1939: The Cartoonists Vision by Roy Douglas, JPC 27:1 (Summer 1993): 229-230.


Fishwick, Marshall W.  Book Review: Comics: Anatomy Of A Mass Medium by Reinhold Reitberger and Wolfgang Fuchs, JPC 4:4 (Spring 1973).


Fishwick, Marshall W.  Book Review: Li'l Abner: A Study In American Satire by Arthur A. Berger, JPC 4:3 (Winter 1971).


Fishwick, Marshall.  Book Review: Rube Goldberg: His Life And Work by Peter C. Marzio, JPC 8:1 (Summer 1974).


Fishwick, Marshall W.  Book Review: The Comic-Stripped American by Arthur Asa Burger, JPC 10:2 (Fall 1976).


Flora, Cornelia Butler.  Fotonovelas: Message Creation And Reception, JPC 14:3 (Winter 1980).


Flora, Cornelia Butler.  Roasting Donald Duck: Alternative Comics And Photonovelas In Latin America, JPC 18:1 (Summer 1984).


Foster, David William.  Mafalda: An Argentine Comic Strip, JPC 14:3 (Winter 1980).


Foster, John.  From "Ulla Dulla Mogo" to "Serene Azure Vault of Heaven":Literary Style in Australian Children's Comic Books, JPC 25:3 (Winter 1991).


*Foster, John.   The slow death of a monochromatic world: the social history of Australia as seen through its children's comic books, JPC 33:1 (Summer 1999).


Gabilliet, Jean-Paul.  Cultural And Mythical Aspects Of A Superhero: The Silver Surfer 1968-1970, JPC 28:2 (Fall 1994).


Gallick, Rosemary.  The Comic Art of Lyonel Feininger, 1906, JPC 10:3 (Winter 1976).


Glasberg, Ronald.  The Archie Code: A Study in Sexual Stereotyping as Reflective of a Basic Dilemma in American Society, JPC 26:2 (Fall 1992): 25-32.


Goldstein, Kalman.  Al Capp and Walt Kelly: Pioneers of Political and Social Satire in the Comics, JPC 25:4 (Spring 1992): 81-96.


Green, James E.  Book Review: The Comic-Book Book edited by Don Thompson and Dick Lupoff, JPC 8:1 (Summer 1974).


Grigsby, Mary , Sailormoon Manga (Comics) and Anime (Cartoons) Superheroine meets Barbie: Global Entertainment Commodity comes to the United States,  JPC 32:1 (Summer 1998).


*Hagen, Patricia.  Gil's world ['Gil Thorp'], Journal of Popular Culture 31:3 (Winter 1997): 47-54.


Hamaker, Gene E.  Alla-Ca-Zaba!  Gazah!  Presto!  Some Observations On The Role Of The Orient In "Little Orphan Annie" (1924-1968),  JPC 9:2 (Fall 1975).


Hammond, Joyce D.  Gender Inversion Cartoons And Feminism, JPC 24:4 (Spring 1991).


Harvey, Robert C.  [Comic art and cover design], JPC 12:4 (Spring 1979).


Harvey, Robert C.  The Aesthetics Of The Comic Strip, JPC 12:4 (Spring 1979).


Hendley, W. Clark.  The Horatian Satire Of Trudeau's Doonesbury, JPC 16:4 (Spring 1983).


Higdon, David Leon.  Frankenstein As Founding Myth In Gary Larson's The Far Side, JPC 28:1 (Summer 1994).


Hinds, Harold E. Jr.  Kaliman: A Mexican Superhero, JPC 13:2 (Fall 1979).


Hinds, Harold E. Jr. & Charles Tatum.  Images Of Women In Mexican Comic Books, JPC 18:1 (Summer 1984).


Holtsmark, Erling B.  Magnus Robot-Fighter: The Future Looks At The Present Through The Past, JPC 12:4 (Spring 1979).


Horton, Andrew S.  Ken Kesey, John Updike And The Lone Ranger, JPC 8:3 (Winter 1974).


Hurst, Richard H.  Book Review: A History Of The Underground Comics by Mark James Estren, JPC 10:2 (Fall 1976).


Inge, M. Thomas.  Introduction (to In-Depth Section: The Comics As Culture), JPC 12:4 (Spring 1979).


Ito, Kinko.  Images of Women In Weekly Male Comic Magazines In Japan, JPC 27:4 (Spring 1994).


*Ito, Kinko.  The world of Japanese Ladies' Comics: from romantic fantasy to lustful perversion, Journal of Popular Culture 36: 1 (Summer 2002): 68-85.


Klotman, Phyllis R.  Racial Stereotypes In Hard Core Pornography, JPC 5:1 (Summer 1971).


Kramer, Cheris.  Stereotypes Of Women's Speech: The Word From Cartoons, JPC 8:3 (Winter 1974).


Lamb, Christopher.  Changing With The Times: The World According To 'Doonesbury,' JPC 23:4 (Spring 1990).


Lang, Jeffrey S. & Patrick Trimble.  Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow? An Examination Of The American Monomyth And The Comic Book Superhero, JPC 22:3 (Winter 1988).


Lanyi, Ronald Levitt.  Comic Books And Authority: An Interview With "Stainless Steve" Englehart, JPC 18:2: (Fall 1984).


Lanyi, Ronald Levitt.  Idea And Motive In Jack "King" Kirby's Comic Books: A Conversation, JPC 17:2 (Fall 1983).


Lanyi, Robert (i.e. Ronald) Levitt.  The Once and Future Don Rico, JPC 13:1 (Summer 1979)


Lanyi, Ronald Levitt.  Trina, Queen Of The Underground Cartoonists. An Interview, JPC 12:4 (Spring 1979).


Lawrence, Elizabeth A.  In The Mick Of Time: Reflections On Disney's Ageless Mouse, JPC 20:2 (Fall 1986).


Leckden, Sean & Fred Fejes.  Female Gender Role Patterns In Japanese Comic Magazines, JPC 21:1 (Summer 1987).


Lent, John A.  Comics In East Asian Countries: A Contemporary Survey, JPC 29:1 (Summer 1995).


Lewis, George H.  From Common Dullness to Fleeting Wonder: The Manipulation of Cultural Meaning in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Saga, JPC 25:2 (Fall 1991): 31-44.


*Lim Cheng Tju. Political Cartoons in Singapore: Misnomer or Redefinition Necessary? Journal of Popular Culture 34: 1 (Summer 2000)

Lindstrom, Naomi.  Social Commentary In Argentine Cartooning: From Description To Questioning, JPC 14:3 (Winter 1980).


*Lovell, Jarret.  Nostalgia, comic books, & the "War Against Crime!" an inquiry into the resurgence of popular justice, Journal of Popular Culture 36: 12 (Fall 2002 ): 335-351.


Luttrell, Hank.  Book Review: All In Color For A Dime ed. by Dick Lupoff and Don Thompson, JPC 5:1 (Summer 1971).


MacDonald, Andrew & Virginia.  Sold America: The Metamorphosis Of Captain America, JPC 10:1 (Summer 1976).


*MacDougall, Robert.  Red, brown and yellow perils: images of the American enemy in the 1940s and 1950s [Russia, Nazi Germany, Japan caricatures], Journal of Popular Culture 32: 4 (Spring 1999): 59.


Martin, Wayne R.  "Peridis" And Political Cartoons In Post-Franco Spain, JPC 20:4 (Spring 1987).


McAllister, Matthew.  Comic Books and Aids, JPC 26:2 (Fall 1992): 1-24.


Metcalf, Greg.  "If You Read It, I Wrote It."  The Anonymous Career Of Comic Book Writer Paul S. Newman JPC 29:1 (Summer 1995).


Millum, Richard A.  Faulkner And The Comic Perspective Of Frederick Burr Opper, JPC 16:3 (Winter 1982).


Mira, J. Eduard.  Notes On A Comparative Analysis Of American And Spanish Comic Books, JPC 5:1 (Summer 1971).


Mintz, Lawrence E.  Fantasy, Formula, Realism, and Propaganda In Milton Caniff's Comic Strips, JPC 12:4 (Spring 1979).


Mishkin, Daniel.  Pogo: Walt Kelly's American Dream, JPC 12:4 (Spring 1979).


Mitchel, Delores.  Women Libeled: Women's Cartoons Of Women, JPC 14:4 (Spring 1981).


Molson, Francis J.  Films, Funnies And Fighting The War: Whitman's Childrens Books In The 1940s, JPC 17:4 (Spring 1984).


Mondello, Salvatore.  Spider-Man: Superhero In The Liberal Tradition, JPC 10:1 (Summer 1976).


*Morrison, Susan S.  The Feminization of the German Democratic Republic in Political Cartoons 1989-1990, JPC 25:4 (Spring 1992): 35-52.


Nye, Russel B.  Death Of A Gaulois: René Goscinny And Astérix, JPC 14:2 (Fall 1980).


Nye, Russel B.  Mirior de la Vie: The French Photoroman and its Audience, JPC 10:4 (Spring 1977)


Orr, Philip.  The Anoedipal Mythos Of Batman And Catwoman, JPC 27:4 (Spring 1994).


Palumbo, Donald.  The Marvel Comics Group's Spider-Man Is An Existentialist Super-Hero: Or "Life Has No Meaning Without My Latest Marvels!", JPC 17:2 (Fall 1983).


*Parisi, Peter.  "Black Bart" Simpson: Appropriation and Revitalization in Commodity Culture, JPC 27:1 (Summer 1993): 125-142.


Pekar, Harvey.  Rapping About Cartoonists, Particularly Robert Crumb, JPC 3:4 (Spring 1970).


Pekar, Harvey.  The Bob And Ray Phenomenon, JPC 4:4 (Spring 1973).  [Included due to Pekar's status as a comics writer.]


Pendleton, Thomas A.  Tarzan Of The Papers, JPC 12:4 (Spring 1979).


Perebinosoff, Philippe.  What does a Kiss Mean? : The Love Comic Formula and the Creation of the Ideal Teen‑Age Girl, JPC 8:4 (Spring 1975).


Prevés, André J.J.  Book Review: Dictionnaire De La Bande Dessinée by Henri Filippini, JPC 24:1 (Summer 1990).


*Rich, Paul and Guillermo De Los Reyes. Mexican caricature and the politics of popular culture,  Journal of Popular Culture 30:1 (Summer 1996): 133-145.


*Rollins, Peter.  Book Review: Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation, Journal of Popular Culture 30: 2 (Fall 1996): 199.


Romano, A.Z.  Book Review: Comics and Their Creators: Life Stories Of American Cartoonists by Martin Sheridan, JPC 8:1 (Summer 1974).


Sagarin, Edward. The Deviant In The Comic Strip: The Case History Of Barney Google, JPC 5:1 (Summer 1971).


Sanders, Clinton R.  Icons of the Alternate Culture : the Themes and Functions of Underground Comix, JPC 8:4 (Spring 1975).


Sawyer, Michael.  Albert Lewis Kanter And The Classics: The Man Behind The Gilberton Company, JPC 20:4 (Spring 1987).


Schmitt, Ronald.  Deconstructive Comics, JPC 25:4 (Spring 1992): 153-162.


*Screech,  Matthew.  Andre Franquin, master of the ninth art, Journal of Popular Culture 13: 3 (Winter 1999): 95-97.


Shadoian, Jack.  Yuh Got Pecos!  Doggone, Belle, Yuh're As Good As Two Men, JPC 12:4 (Spring 1979).


Shaheen, Jack G.  Arab Images In American Comic Books, JPC 28:1 (Summer 1994).


Shannon, Edward A.  "That We May Mis-unda-stend Each Udda": The Rhetoric Of Krazy Kat, JPC 29:2 (Fall 1995).


Sherzer, Diane.  Claire Bretecher: Queen Of B D, JPC 14:3 (Winter 1980).


Skidmore, Max J. & Joey.  More Than Mere Fantasy: Political Themes In Contemporary Comic Books, JPC 17:1 (Summer 1983).


Skinner, Kenneth D.  Salaryman Comics In Japan: Images Of Self Perception, JPC 13:1 (Summer 1979).


Stevens, John D.  Reflections In A Dark Mirror: Comic Strips In Black Newspapers, JPC 10:1 (Summer 1976).


Tanner, Ron.  Toy Robots In America, 1955-75: How Japan Really Won The War, JPC 28:3 (Winter 1994).  [Some info on manga.]


Tatum, Charles.  Lágrimas, Risas Y Amor: Mexico's Most Popular Romance Comic Book, JPC 14:3 (Winter 1980).


*Weinstein, Raymond M.  Disneyland and Coney Island: Reflections of the Evolution of the Modern Amusement Park, JPC 26:1 (Summer 1992): 131-164.

Whitehead, Paul C.  Book Review: Violence And The Mass Media ed. by Otto N. Larsen, JPC 3:4 (Spring 1970).  [Book reprints articles on censoring comics & Wertham.]


Williams, J.P.  All's Fair In Love And Journalism: Female Rivalry In Superman, JPC 24:2 (Fall 1990).


Witek, Joseph.  Book Review: Dark Knights: The New Comics In Context by Greg S. McCue with Clive Bloom, JPC 29:2 (Fall 1995).


Witek, Joseph.  Book Review: The Comics by Coulton Waugh, JPC 26:2 (Fall 1992): 172-173.


Witek, Joseph.  The Dream of Total War: The Limits of a Genre, JPC 30:2 (Fall 1996).


Woll, Allen L.  The Comic Book In A Socialist Society: Allende's Chile, 1970-1973, JPC 9:4 (Spring 1976).


Young, William H.  That Indomitable Redhead: Little Orphan Annie, JPC 8:2 (Fall 1974).


Young, William H. Jr.  The Serious Funnies: Adventure Comics During The Depression, 1929-1938, JPC 3:3 (Winter 1969).


Zlotnick, Joan.  The Medium Is The Message, Or Is It?: A Study Of Nathanael West's Comic Strip Novel, JPC 5:1 (Summer 1971).


Zone, Ray.  Bolt Beak.  The Art Of Basil Wolverton, JPC 21:3 (Winter 1987).