Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe – Tim Leong

This awesome infographic book is both a comic book geek’s dream and a perfect introduction to a novice seeking an engaging introduction to comic book history. (Even though many pages may not make sense to all novices, at least they’re fun to look at!) The visuals Leong has created are bright, colorful, sometimes useful and sometimes hilarious.

 Did you know that Green Arrow had a boxing glove arrow and that Hawkeye had a putty arrow? Did you know that Scrooge McDuck has more money than Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne and Richie Rich combined? You will learn so much comic book lore in this excellent book! My favorite infographics are A Venn Diagram of Superhero Comic Tropes, Joker’s Utility Belt (1952), How Long Characters Stayed Dead, and 70 Years of Wonder Woman’s Legs.

Janna T., DC Public Library staff

The comic book universe is adventurous, mystifying, and filled with heroes, villains, and cosplaying Comic-Con attendees. This book by one of Wired magazine’s art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, timelines, scatter plots, and more.

Super Graphic offers readers a unique look at the intricate and sometimes contradictory storylines that weave their way through comic books, and shares advice for navigating the pages of some of the most popular, longest-running, and best-loved comics and graphic novels out there.

From a colorful breakdown of the DC Comics reader demographic to a witty Venn diagram of superhero comic tropes and a Chris Ware sadness scale, this book charts the most arbitrary and monumental characters, moments, and equipment of the wide world of comics.