Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman

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Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman. Ed. by Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith. Greenwood Icons. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-313-39923-7). Ebook available (978-0-313-39924-4), call for pricing.

Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman gives a comprehensive look into the world of comics that even the non-comic book lover can appreciate. As the editors state in the preface, this book "... explores how these significant characters and creators, these icons of our culture, reflect the American experience out of which they sprang and how they have achieved relevance by adapting to, and perhaps influencing, the evolving American character" (xiii).

Set up in two volumes, the book lists each of its one hundred icons alphabetically. From Neal Adams to Zap Comics, each entry is comprised of the history of the icon, the impact on the comic genre, the impact that icon has had on American culture and a summary of all of the information listed. Many of the entries also include a list of materials for further reading. The entries themselves range from two to ten pages. Some entries do include images however; all are in black and white.

When reviewing this title, a few things caught my attention. I enjoyed the break-down of each entry into categories. If the reader was only looking for the impact of the icon on comics, he or she could go directly to the labeled passage. …

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