The book I am reading now, Comic Books and American Cultural History: An Anthology, is pure gold! This is exactly the kind of secondary resource I needed to jump start my research. Every chapter is from various professors, educators, and historians about using comic books as historical artifacts to provide “insight into political, social, and cultural changes in the United States” (12), among other things. The introduction also indicates that the book will provide a good factual overview of the comic book (and even the graphic novel) world.
My handwritten notes on the introduction and first chapter of Matthew Pustz’s anthology are attached. I have really enjoyed the work so far and foresee myself reading through it rather quickly!