The comics medium is considered one of the most difficult for a new reader to get into, especially the superhero comics that form a good chunk of the marketplace. So one of the most useful things to provide would be explanations of where someone interested in a character, writer, artist or genre should start.
First, there is an analysis of the medium in general, to put everything in context. This begins with an introduction to the various types of comic books, with an explanation of where new readers could start. That leads to an analysis of why comic books are so convoluted, even when compared to other mediums. The lessons here apply mainly to superhero comics, although it is sometimes appropriate for various licensed comics (IE- GI Joe, Star Wars) which are published with the expectation that readers will be quite familiar with the source material. A piece on the difference between Action Comics and Superman covers the unique situation of having multiple titles with the same character.
For the series of introductory articles, I thought that it would be appropriate to have a structure similar to a reading list for a literature class. It’s a familiar system, and it’s a way to split everything into manageable chunks. It also makes it easier to introduce supplemental lists for future “courses” for anyone who likes this stuff and is interested in further material . This helps avoid the temptation to include every notable Spider-Man story from that fifty year career in that particular introductory list.
Lists so far…
- Spider-Man 101
- Superman 101
- Batman 101
- Iron Man 101
- Spider-Man 102: Silver Age Peter Parker
- Spider-Man 103: Later Peter Parker
- Superman 102: Advanced Man of Steel
- Superman 103: Epic Man of Steel
- Batman 102
- Daredevil 101: Classic Man Without Fear
- Daredevil 102: Modern Man Without Fear
- X-Men 101: Introduction to Mutants
- Captain America 101
- Alan Moore 101