Front cover image for The comics

The comics

First published in 1947 and long out of print, this book is considered by diehard aficionados of comics as the best book ever written on the subject, and not just because it was the first. In this far-reaching study Coulton Waugh set down information that is now common lore, that the comics are revealing reflectors of society.
Print Book, English, [1991]
University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, Miss., [1991]
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xviii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780878054992, 9780878054985, 0878054987, 0878054995
In the beginning
The road to the shrine
The old masters
More old masters
Of Kats and art
The years of real sport
Every man's art
Family trees
The kids
The girlie girlies
With malice toward none
A well balanced page
He-men, hail
The third and fourth dimensions
The strips called straight
The star-startled manner
Terry and the palooka
The smart set
We still laugh
Comic books
Originally published: New York, N.Y. : Macmillan, 1947
Includes index