A Note on Texts

I hope that you are enjoying the summer. I’m writing because you are enrolled in English 781: Superheroes—History, Theory, and Practice. In the class, we will read a wide array of comics, from the beginnings of the twentieth century to the present. As is often the case with comics classes, the cost of the books can run quite high. Because of this, I wanted to write to you early with a list of the required texts for the class and make you aware of some other purchasing or borrowing options.

The Bookstore should have both new and used copies of these works for you, and often the used book price is considerably lower. Below, I’ve listed the prices on Amazon and on three other services: Kindle, ComiXology, and Marvel Unlimited. The other services provide cheaper digital versions of comics that are easily readable on a computer or a tablet device like an iPad.

ComiXology (comixology.com or search for the app on your tablet or mobile device) offers a subscription option at $5.99 per month that allows you to access a number of titles for free (though, for our purposes, it would only give you access to Ms. Marvel, which we read in the final weeks of the class). It also has a good interface for reading digital comics, one that improves on Kindle features. Marvel Unlimited (https://www.marvel.com/comics/unlimited) also offers you a subscription option at $9.99 per month that allows you to access most Marvel titles, though some newer ones don’t appear on the site. The downside for this one is that you often have to search for the original comics issues since the collected copies that I’ve ordered are not available on this site in digital format. With both of the subscription services, you can cancel at any time.

Below, I’ve listed the titles of the texts and their costs on Amazon, Kindle/ ComiXology, and their availability on Marvel Unlimited. I’ve also listed the ISBN for the book so that you search for used copies or request the titles through interlibrary loan or at a local library. Finally, beneath the list of books, I’ve included a rough schedule for the semester, to give you an idea of when you will each text, in the event that you want to stagger your purchases throughout the semester.

  1. Busiek, Kurt and Alex Ross. Marvels. 078514286X
  2. Amazon: 19.95
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 12.99
  4. Marvel Unlimited: Free with subscriptions as Marvels #1 to 4, and #0

 

  1. Claremont, Chris, The Uncanny X-Men Masterworks, Vol 2.
  2. Not available in print
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 12.99
  4. Marvel Unlimited: Free with subscription as Uncanny X-Men #101-108

 

  1. Claremont, Chris, The Uncanny X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga 0785164219
  2. Amazon: 19.95
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 12.99
  4. Marvel Unlimited: Free with subscription as Uncanny X-Men #129-138.

 

  1. Hernandez, Jaime. God and Science
  2. Amazon: 19.99
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 12.99

 

  1. Marston, William Moulton. Wonder Woman: The Golden Age 1401274447
  2. Amazon: 18.75
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 16.99

 

  1. Miller, Frank. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 1563893428
  2. Amazon: 15.82
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 12.99

 

  1. Moore, Alan and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen 1401245250
  2. Amazon: 17.99
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 12.99

 

  1. Morrison, Grant, and Frank Quitely. All-Star Superman. 1401232051
  2. Amazon: 19.95
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 12.99

 

  1. Siegel, Jerry and Joel Shuster. The Superman Chronicles, Vol. 1 1401207642
  2. Amazon: 26.00
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 5.99

 

  1. O’Neil, Denny and Neal Adams, Green Lantern/ Green Arrow: Hard Travelin’ Heroes 1401280420
  2. Amazon: 38.47

 

  1. Rivera, Gabby and Joe Quinones. America: The Life and Times of America Chavez. 1302908812
  2. Amazon: 12.18
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: 10.99
  4. Marvel Unlimited: Free with subscription as America #1 to 6

 

  1. Wilson, G. Willow and Adrian Alphona. Ms Marvel Volume 1: No Normal 078519021X
  2. Amazon: 9.66
  3. Kindle/ ComiXology: Free with subscription, 8.99 without
  4. Marvel Unlimited: Free with subscription

 

  1. Yang, Gene and Sonny Liew, The Shadow Hero. 1596436972
  2. Amazon: 9.89
  3. Kindle: 9.99

 

 

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