Author Archives: Jeet Heer


Wonder Woman’s Secrets in Context

Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a major event in comics scholarship. But no scholarly work stands alone; all are always part of a wider conversation. Continue reading


The Plugged-Up Parodist: Nick Maandag’s Constipated Comedy

Visually, there are very few gifted cartoonists who are as remorselessly ungiving as Nick Maandag. There is no succulent texture in his universe, no oasis of exfoliating leafy beauty to offer relief from the aridity of the art. Continue reading


Harold Gray and the Limits of Conservative Anti-Racism

Race, Harold Gray and Little Orphan Annie. Continue reading


Kim Thompson as Critic

There were many Kim Thompsons: translator, anthologist, editor, publisher. The first Kim Thompson I encountered was Kim the critic, who tended to get lost in the busy shuffle. Continue reading


An Interview with Walter Biggins

A talk with the outgoing acquisition editor of the University Press of Misissipi, by far the leading publisher of scholarly comics criticism in North America. Continue reading

The Death of General Wolfe, by Benjamin West

Fact and Fancy in Seth’s G.N.B. Double C

Everybody misunderstands Seth. Popular mythology has pegged the cartoonist as a nostalgist hankering over the lost past. In fact, Seth is a fantastist obsessed not with the world-that-was but rather the world-as-it-might-have-been. Continue reading



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Jack Kirby: Hand of Fire Roundtable (Part 3)

William Blake, Steve Ditko, and the idea of analogues in this final part of our Hand of Fire roundtable. Continue reading