This book emerges from my thesis work, which was published with Tampere University Press. Since then, my thinking on contemporary comics has come a long way. I would like to thank everyone who accompanied it with their kind and thoughtful comments: Terence Cave, David Fishelov, Ann Miller, Sabine Müller, Henrik Sklov Nielsen, Alan Palmer, Hans-Ulrich Seeber, Howard Sklar, Emily Troscianko, as well as the anonymous readers for the University of Nebraska Press. Terence Cave and the Balzan Interdisciplinary Seminar have given this book a wonderful environment to grow in. David Herman is a superhero among series editors, and I thank him and the team at the University of Nebraska Press—Kristen E. Rowley, Sabrina Stellrecht, and Jonathan Lawrence— for seeing my book through the publication process.
My thanks to Harry Guyton and DC Comics for granting permission to reprint the images.