Okay, I admit it. I read comics. Quite a few, actually. Naturally, I
consider what I read to be of good quality. And, if you haven't been keeping
up with your comic book reading, there are more than a few titles out there
worth finding. I don't mean just superhero comics, of course; there's a
world's worth of comics that have little nothing to do with superheroes
but which are very well done and quite entertaining. Don't look down on
the media (for "comics" aren't a genre but an artform, however often they're
usually of poor quality) because of its worst practitioners and examples.
We don't judge literature by Jackie Collins and Sydney Sheldon, and we
don't judge music by Top 40, so we shouldn't judge comics by the worst
of the superhero lot. If you're really curious about what I'm talking about,
e-mail me and I'll send you a list of books that you'll enjoy regardless
of your tastes.
I write. I write fiction and nonfiction. And a lot of times, what I'm writing
about has something to do with comic books and comic book characters. Now,
I am a bit of a geek (as should be apparent if you've made it this far)
but I've only so much room in my mind for knowledge about comic book characters.
Lucky for me, there are folks out on the Web who've made their own Web
pages with reference material.
Cover Gallery Images of every issue of Adventure Comics from
1951 to 1969. Neat, eh?
Annotated Justice Society
Checklist A nice set of features on the JSA.
Blackhawk Comics Home Page
If you're looking for information on that intrepid bunch of pilots. the
Blackhawks, you need go no farther.
Davo's All Star Comics
Page A good Aussie site on All Star Comics.
Alien Worlds Entertaining and illustrated guide to the fictional worlds
of DCU space. (A distressing number of the links are down at the moment,
but I trust that will change soon enough)
DC Chronology Project
See the Marvel Chronology Project,
below. Not as thorough, but still damn impressive.
Comics Golden Age Who's Who Still rudimentary, but I have hopes that
it will eventually become useful.
Comics timeline/chronology A handy guide to what happened when in the
ever-changing DC universe. Not as thorough as it could be, the updates
seem very slow in coming, and I really don't like the way he's laid out
his pages, but useful nonetheless.
DC Magic Resource
Page This site is shaping up nicely, and becoming a very thorough guide
to magic-using DCU characters.
DC Western Characters
Having trouble keeping Johnny Thunder and Batlash and Nighthawk straight?
This page will tell you all about them, and a bunch of other characters
you may not know about.
Ah, weirdness. The mundanes don't like it, but those of us who lean toward
the geeky and the outre' do. And few embodied it better than the Doom Patrol,
both in their first, 1960s incarnation and in the 1990s Grant Morrison
Faux DC! A page of
fanfic writers who write books based on DC characters (hence the name).
I write some fanfic here; if you're really curious, check out the Brave
and the Bold (which I think is not my best work, but still entertaining)
of Annotations to the Golden Age The first draft annotations
to the very entertaining miniseries. Scott's annotations to issue #4 aren't
included here, which is a shame, but (thanks, Peter!) they can be found
at the Comic
Book Annotations site.
The Infinite Atlas
Jonathan Woodward's very good guide to the various fictional universes
FAQ The Frequently Asked Questions list for the Justice League (complete,
he said immodestly, with some of my own annotations).
Chronology A chronology of the JSA and what each of the characters
did in each of the months they appeared in.
The Justice Society of
America A decent site on their history.
Index A good site on the history and characters of DC's second-rate
* Legion Outpost
II A very nice guide to the post-boot Legion.
Meet Ma Hunkel
An entertaining history on that interesting and curious GA hero.
Superman Homepage! A
good resource for information on the Last Son of Krypton.
The Unofficial DC
Comics Index Series "An ongoing project to provide a complete index
to every single DC super-hero comic since Crisis On Infinite Earths."
Forgotten Heroes Web Site A concise guide to the various heroes and
villains who made up the Forgotton Heroes.
* The Unofficial
Green Lantern Corps Web Page An outstanding (and perhaps frighteningly
obsessive) guide to the legendary interstellar police corps, the Green
Lanterns. Seriously, everything you could possibly want to know about them
is here. A really nice piece of comic's scholarship, I think.
History of the DC Universe A very good attempt at making sense of the
seemingly-constantly-revised history and continuity of the DC universe
and characters. Hasn't been updated in over two years, alas, and they never
got around to the post-1959 years, but still a good attempt.
The Wake The best site for
annotations and information on Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
Welcome to the Clubhouse!
"Your one-stop (sic) for DC Comics Golden Age Info!" That's overstating
the case, but it does have useful information.
Who Was That Masked
Man? Messages gathered from a thread on the DC Comics boards. Information
on the most obscure (no foolin') GA characters. I have used this information
on my own Golden Age
Heroes Directory, which surpasses this site, but it's still interesting
Who's Who in
the DC Universe Images and text on some of DC's obscurest characters.
in the DC Universe Bob Hughes' excellent site on which writers and
artists created which characters.
Centre The University of Kent at Canterbury's academic center for the
study of cartoons and caricature.
Champions Write-Up Page A trio of comics-savvy gamers came up with
stats for the Champions game for, oh, dozens and dozens of superheroes--everyone
from the All-Star Squadron to the Fantastic Four to anime' characters.
Chroma City Jonathan
Woodward's good assemblage of annotations and information.
* Classic Comic
Books Michael E. Grost's excellent essays on various DC characters
Comic Art & Graffix Gallery Virtual Museum A very nice virtual
museum on the history of comic art.
* Comic Art &
Graffix Gallery Virtual Museum - Artist Biographies Good biographies
on a very wide range of comic professionals.
* Comic Book Annotations
& Bibliographies An excellent mirror site for various comic book
annotations & bibliographies, my own among them.
Comic Book Database They describe themselves
as "the most detailed comic book resource on the net," which they aren't--not
by a long chalk, the best and most detailed is the Grand
Comic Book Database, more on which below--but this site isn't a bad
The Comic Book Homepage
It's not quite at the level of The Comic Page (see the next entry) but
it's still not a bad look at comics from a critical standpoint. However,
it hasn't been updated in two years.
Book Scrapbook Jerry Bails' excellent assortment of art samples from
The Comic Page A nicely executed guide to "the history and details
of the American comic book medium."
An index of annotations on Suicide Squid, Sandman,
of Magic, Watchmen, and V for Vendetta. These haven't
been updated in a while, and there may be newer versions of them out there.
The Comics Archives
Information on (mostly-DC) Golden Age characters. Even though David Stepp,
the guy who put this together, is an arrogant, ego-besotted sod, it's still
a useful page.
* Comics Scholarship Annotated
Bibliographies A very thorough annotated bibliography of virtually
every text that might possibly be useful for comics scholarship.
Timeline A rudimentary, if lengthy, timeline of comics, going back
NEW * Comics UK
A good site on British comics that bids fair to become an excellent and
Ditko Looked Up
The quite nicely done tribute site to that one-of-a-kind talent, Steve
Ditko. A model for what tribute web sites should be.
Don Markstein's Cartoonopedia.
Over 350 illustrated articles of an online, hypertext encyclopedia of comics
and animation. Say what you will about Markstein--and many have said just
about everything about him--the encyclopedia itself is a fine piece of
The EC Comics
Database "The EC Comics database primarily concerns itself with the
works of Al Feldstein and Harvey Kurtzman, men who ran MAD Magazine, and
men who altered the destiny of the comics industry as well as their various
roles in culture."
Comic Book Character HQ A site dedicated to some lame and some not-so-lame
characters, all of whom are currently forgotten and abandoned.
of Comic Book Covers From the 1940s Oooooh--pretty images!
Golden Age Greats
Reprinted adventures, online, of obscure GA characters. Cool!
* The Good Guys and Gals of
the Golden Age Another excellent site on GA heroes, obscure and otherwise.
* Grand Comic Book Database
The best and most detailed resource for comic research on the Web, bar
* The History of Superhero
Comic Books! Another good site on the history of superhero comics.
Biographies on artists from E.A. Abbey to N.C. Wyeth.
Jerry Bails' Who's Who of American
Comic-Books The start site for this most indispensable of resources.
Nevins' Comic Book Annotations My annotations to Kingdom Come,
the Kingdom sequel, JLA: The Nail, League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen, my guides to Marvel's 1940s and Pre-Fantastic Four
#1 heroes, Robert Wicks' Marvel Chronology, and Ronald Byrd's Wolverine
A Dictionary A very silly page, but somehow appealing because of it.
It's a dictionary of sound effects, and what they mean, and where they
Comiclopedia A very good "searchable gallery of comic artist biographies
and artwork examples."
The Marvel Family Web
The best site on the 'Net for information on the Marvel Family.
* Mikel's Golden
Age Comics Page An excellent resource--the best on the Web--for links
to information on Golden Age comics and characters. Plus Michael does various
timelines, all of which are entertaining.
* National Museum
of American Illustrators Original artworks from the "Golden Age of
American Illustration," including work by Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth,
Howard Pyle, Charles Gibson, and so on. Sweet!
Covers A cover gallery of Better Comics/Nedor Comics/Standard Comics,
from the Golden Age. Good stuff.
Official R.C. Harvey Home Page The
home page of the respected critic.
Origin of Marvelman Though he was most notable for being one of Alan
Moore's earliest retcon projects, the original Marvelman had a certain
charm of his own, despite being a Captain Marvel rip. This is a good site
for learning about him and his history.
The Periodic Table of
Comic Books A guide to the periodical table, using comic book heroes
and events to explain each element. I'd never have thought of this idea,
but I wish I had.
The Ghost Who Walks! The classic comic strip character, here given a very
handy treatment of Frequently Asked Questions.
* Prescription for
Excitement! An online magazine for fans of the GA and SA.
Prince Valiant Companion
Like the Index, a very useful guide to the character and world of Prince
Prince Valiant Index
A nice list of Prince Valiant dates, appearances and the like.
Reading Room Index
Alphabetical Index Screen Michigan State University has an outstanding
collection of comics, both in paper and on microfiche/microfilm. What the
beneficent folks who run the comics collection have done is put up a guide
to their collection; if you want to know where, say, Merzah the Mystic
appears in any of the books (comic or print) in their collection, you can
find out in this guide. I'm no longer near enough to MSU to be able to
easily do research there, but if I want to know where someone is mentioned,
I can find out.
Early Comics Links Links to web sites showing "early comics"--that
is, from before 1900.
of Comic-Book Art A great reference work to comic book artists.
and Framing in the Strips An interesting and well-written essay on
comics and the "Yellow Kid." A worthy attempt at performing formal literary
criticism on comic strips.
The Super Hero
Encyclopedia Table of Contents A site of middlin'-fair content, but
at least they seem to be trying to cover as many bases as possible, and
their last update was not very long ago.
Who's Who in
Amalgam A handy guide to who the amalgamated characters were based
on in the DC/Marvel crossover Amalgam books.
I started out collecting comics as a Marvel fanboy, and though my tastes
have broadened and become more refined, at heart I'm still a Marvel fanboy.
Which is why some of the links here are extremely fanboyish.
A Page The first of several
pages of a rudimentary, good encyclopedia of Marvel characters.
Zone A good site covering Alpha Flight.
A guide to what characters and their alternates have appeared on various
Comics Reprints A good guide to what Marvel comics have been reprinted
* Atlas Comics
Homepage A good web page on the comics that Marvel published during
the late 1940s and 1950s, when it was known as Atlas Comics.
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! The
is one of Marvel Comics' oldest books. It's had some good moments and some
bad ones. Right now, in the hands of Kurt Busiek, it's going through a
long period of good moments. The page has a wide range of interesting material
on the Avengers.
DMK's Guide to Alpha Flight The best site on the 'Net for Alpha Flight
summaries A summary of what happened in various issues of the
Four. Not as thorough or as detailed as we might wish, but a decent
Hyboria A nice gazetteer (go ahead, look the word up, don't be bashful)
to the world of Conan.
The Golden Age of
Superheroes I must perforce swallow my bile and spite and jealousy
and admit that this is, all in all, a good site. That said, it needs more
detail, more information, and above all more updates!
Gord's Mighty Marvel
Reference Page A site that lists "every Marvel (and Timely, Atlas,
Epic Star & Alamagram) Comic published since 1939," in their chronological
order of publication and with dates published. Not the sort of thing you'll
use often, but when you need it you'll find it incredibly valuable.
* A Guide
to Marvel's Golden Age Characters My own creation, and one I'm rather
proud of; the best guide on the Web to Marvel's 1930s and 1940s characters.
* A Guide
to Marvel's Pre-FF #1 Characters My other creation, and another
one I'm proud of. Like the preceding site, this is the best guide on the
Web to Marvel's characters which appeared, diegetically and exegetically
(go look those two words up, too, I can wait), before Fantastic Four
The Immortal Thor of Asgard
A very good Thor site.
The New Mutants 1-100 A summary of what happened in all 100 issues
of The New Mutants.
Anyone who's ever heard or read me speak about Roy Thomas knows that I
hold the man's writings on Golden Age characters in contempt. I still do.
But the Invaders, for all its manifest flaws, still made use of
the 1940s characters (even if Thomas did warp and ruin some of them), and
so it's a good thing to have a web page dedicated to the book, even if
the book, at its best moments, only achieved mediocrity, and more often
wallowed somewhere between "wretched" and "awful."
Again, not my favorite book or group of characters. But this is an okay
attempt (not as good as the preceding site) at covering them.
Long List of Mutants An ugly layout, for certainly; there's no excuse
for putting an ASCII document on the web, not with so many comic book geeks
out there who know HTML. Even so, this is the best document of its kind
for looking up Marvel mutants, even if the list is sometimes confusingly
Marvel Atlas Project
Hey, cool! An atlas for the Marvel Universe! Neat! (They need more information
and don't update nearly so often as they should, but it's still a good
Marvel Chronology Project
Now we're into serious geekdom. The Marvel Chronology Project is
a list of characters and the order in which they appeared, so that we can
tell whether Johnny Storm's appearance in an issue of Marvel Team-Up
came before his appearance in Killmonger. Nobody but us hardcore
comic fans will find this useful, but those of us who want something like
this will find it essential.
Marvel: The Lost Generation
An attempt to do what I did, and better, at my Pre-FF
#1 Heroes site. Still, it's got some good information and images.
Marvel RPG and more...
A great resource for those who roleplay using the Marvel system.
Book of the Dead A decent guide, in need of updating, of the status
of those characters who were dead as of the last version of the Marvel
* Marvel Universe:
The Appendix An excellent guide to Marvel's more obscure characters,
places, and concepts.
MSH Galaxy Sourcebook
A nice little page on the big three of Marvel's alien races, as well as
information on other cosmic entities and some other planets and places.
The Mutant Page
A site with a good range of interesting material on Marvel's X-characters.
MV1 Fan-Fiction Project
Main Page A site of fanfiction, ranging in quality from fair to absolutely
wretched. (Some of the writers are so bad that they really must be read
to be believed) But it also hosts some of my own fanfiction, which I happen
to think is pretty good.
Regulares A very nice Brazilian site with a wide range of series' covers
Good coverage on the characters from Earth-S.
The Star-Spangled Site A very handy
guide to Captain America.
The Timely-Atlas Cover Gallery The product of the redoubtable Blake
Bell, this excellent site has images of over 600 Timely/Atlas covers on
it, including some real rarities.
Timely Comics A
decent introduction to the Timely heroes (many of which essays I wrote
Timely Comics Web Page, Prologue My own work, and I'll forego false
modesty and state that it is the definitive Web page on the history of
Timely Comics. I need to figure out how to make the images smaller, which
causes the page to take far too long to load--but still and all, it's a
damn fine piece of work (Tony Isabella called it "stunning") and the only
place you need go for information on Timely.
Golden Age Superheroes Cover Gallery About time there was one of these
The Uncanny X-Page Hotlist
Another good site on things X-related.
Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators Information on who wrote what issue.
* The Unofficial
Handbook to the Marvel Universe An online and up-to-date version of
the OHOTMU. And, best of all, the current owner (hi, Danny!) is
keeping it current and devoting time and effort to it, something unfortunately
less than common on many of this sites.
The Villains of Marvel
Comics! The honorable and worthy Jeanne Burch (I've never met her,
but I feel like I can say these things anyhow) has put together two Web
pages on Marvel characters, with character histories and graphics. Essential
Vintage Age Handbook
A character reference for pre-Fantastic Four #1 characters.
Wakandan Embassy A very good site on the Black Panther.
The Women of Marvel
Comics! This is Jeanne Burch's other Web page, and a fine one it is,
even if she isn't maintaining it any more.
* The X-Axis
Paul O'Brien is a Scots fan of the X-books, and his site has some very
entertaining material on back issues. I'm including him here for his weekly
"X-Axis" reviews of the X-books. He's the best online critic of comics,
and you should be reading him even if you're not a fan of the X-books.
Alvaro's Comic Boards Some of
the best and most interesting talk between fans about comics takes place
at Alvaro's various boards.
The Amy Unbounded Home PageAmy
Unbounded is one of the best comics that few people have heard of.
It's about "the adventures and misadventures of nine-year-old Amy of Eddybrook
in the medieval queendom of Goredd." It's charming and its simplicity of
composition covers up a multitude of pleasures. Rachel Hartman, the creator
of Amy Unbounded, is a really nice person and put this website together
Website A basic but still interesting look at Wolverton.
A "gateway to the Golden Age," i.e., another site on the GA.
Comicon Most of the best and
most interesting talk between fans and professionals, about comics and
other things, takes place here.
Comics Continuum A site
of comics news, updated six days a week.
Comics Worth Reading
Johanna Carlson's interesting online criticism site.
Delphi Forums I only
include this here because the one-and-only Warren Ellis has his own forum
at Delphi, a free-wheeling affair that ranges from high- to low-brow, and
to which Ellis himself, along with several other professionals, contributes.
Eddie Campbell Comics
Gert & Daisy's
Guide to Old Comics A collection of links and information on GA comics.
Get Comics Network A relatively
new comic directory. Strictly average content, but that may change.
Supers Meets The Golden Age of Comics The beginnings (and, alas, nothing
more) of the GURPS roleplaying versions of various GA characters. This
hasn't been updated since 1997, unfortunately, and must be counted as a
dead site. Damn it.
The Hembeck Files A site
reprinting several of the very amusing strips by the singular Fred Hembeck.
Island of Misfit Comic
Boards Message boards for discussion of topics that don't appear on
A site, finally, devoted to Shuster's work.
Jonah Weiland's Comic Book
Resources Message boards, interviews, and the best set of links available
for comic book-related subjects.
Graphics Gallery A big archive of images from the hands of the King
of Comics, Jack Kirby.
Knights of the Web The very nice site
to that hilarious comic, The Knights of the Dinner Table.
The Lord of Light Universe
Jack Kirby doing art, sketches, and other stuff for a proposed-but-never-finalized
theme park based on Roger Zelazny's Hugo-winning Lord of Light.
Go--go now! Just remember to wipe the drool off your chin.
* Microcolour International
The excellent source of Golden Age comics on microfiche.
The New Comic Book Releases List Web
Site What's that, Bunky? It's 4 am and you absolutely, positively must
know what comics are coming out this week? Well, go here and find out!
NinthArt A good online magazine
which I recommend for the excellent Paul O'Brien's essays. O'Brien is the
best fan critic of comics working today, and everyone, most especially
the professional writers, should be reading his stuff.
Perpetual Comics The home
of Tony Isabella's current column.
Planetary A good
site on Warren Ellis' excellent comic.
Micro-Heroes Page A neat site for micro-heroes, which if you don't
what they are you should go here and find out, y'know?
The Pulse Another site
for comic news.
Sequential Tart A well-done
online 'zine, with much better writing than most of its kind.
Bullet Comics I include this here because of Rich Johnston's "All the
Rage" column, which is essential reading.
Early Comics Links Links to early (pre-1900, generally) "comics." Surprisingly
Super Friends Page A very
entertaining site, based on the Super Friends. Just go ahead and look.
Popeye A site devoted to the sailor man and to Elzie Segar.
Tony's Online Tips Tony Isabella's
former column site, and the location of a good, civil discussion board.
The Visual Telling of Stories An excellent site on the subject: "an
interactive critical database devoted to the narrative."
WarrenEllis.com Warren Ellis
writes various comics, including the outstanding Transmetropolitan
and the top-notch Planetary. He also has a home page. Unlike most
of the comic pro's pages that I've found, however, his home page is entertaining,
informative, and most of all useful. Not only does he have
vastly entertaining essays/columns, he also writes about the craft of writing
comics, he has a good collection of Weirdness Links, and he writes about
(and occasionally gives previews of) his own work. It's not updated nearly
as often as I'd like, but it's still well worth your time to visit.
Welcome to the Gay League
A good site on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and transgendered comic
Cemetery aka The Spirit Database, and that's all you really need to
Women in Refrigerators The
controversial site on how badly female characters in comics have been treated.
The Intro Page