A Global History, 1968 to the Present

  1. Dan Mazur
  2. Alexander Danner
  • ISBN 9780500290965
  • 25.50 x 18.30 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 320pp
  • With 289 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2014

This groundbreaking book is the first to integrate the global story of comics over the last five decades. Includes nearly 300 images, reproduced in original colour and with extensive captions

‘Smart and interesting, and might make you laugh, too’ – The Observer
‘Ambitious … worth reading for the wealth of graphic novels it draws attention to’ – Sunday Herald

‘Comprehensive, in-depth … an impressive reference book that is a must in every comics library’– Publishers Weekly


The story begins in 1968, a key year in comics’ shift from being driven by commercial potential into a means of self-expression respected not just
as entertainment but also as art. The book traces comics’ evolution up to the emergence of today's global, digital scene and the medium’s likely future.

Robert Crumb and Gabrielle Bell, Jack Kirby and Alan Moore, Moebius, Yumiko Oshima and Osamu Tezuka are just a few of the hundreds of artists and writers included – making it unprecedented in its global reach.


The broad reach of 'Comics' extends to artists, styles and movements, spanning Marvel and DC superheroes; the Underground movement and manga powerhouse Osamu Tezuka; politically charged Italian fumetti and sexually charged ladies’ manga; the Francophone technique of ligne claire; sci-fi; Métal Hurlant; the pioneering Japanese alternative journal Garo; the graphic memoir and the graphic novel; and, finally, the moment comics made the jump from page to web page.

Featuring the best-known artists and writers – from Jack Kirby, Hergé and Moebius to Katsuhiro Otomo, Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore – Comics also introduces readers to some creators they may not yet have encountered, such as Andrea Pazienza, the Fort Thunder collective and Fabrice Neaud.

Download the complete 'Comics' contents page

Dan Mazur is a cartoonist, teacher, journalist, editor and screenwriter. Co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable and the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE), he has edited numerous indie comics anthologies, while his articles on comics have appeared in the Boston Phoenix and the International Journal of Comic Art. He has taught at the Art Institute of Boston, Brookline Arts Center and UCLA Extension.
Alexander Danner teaches Writing the Graphic Novel and other courses at Emerson College, Boston, and is co-author of the textbook Character Design for Graphic Novels. His writing about comics has appeared in a range of publications, and his ongoing formalist web series, illustrated by Tymothi Godek, can be found on