Recent Press for American Comics: A History

"Until now one could only dream of an engaging, analytic history encompassing the entire medium. That sounds like a job for Superman, but Jeremy Dauber has gotten there first…His perceptive, critical overview is enlivened by a jaunty style that bops from the political cartoons of Thomas Nast in the 1860s to the demise of an equally influential gadfly, Mad magazine, in 2018."

― Michael Saler, Wall Street Journal

"No detail escapes Dauber…A master storyteller, Dauber shows just how much there is to appreciate in this uniquely American history."

― Marissa Moss, New York Journal of Books

"Dauber covers the entire landscape of American comics in this outstanding… thorough―and thoroughly entertaining―work."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sweeping….[C]omprehensive….Dauber’s book sets itself apart, and comics enthusiasts will be enthralled."

― Steve Dixon, Library Journal (starred review)

"'This book,' writes Dauber…'tries to cover the whole shebang'…If anything, he understates his intent…[T]here’s plenty of delight and revelation for comics fans…Dauber clearly knows and cherishes his subject, and readers who share his passion will find plenty to love."

― Kirkus Reviews

"[Dauber] pithily and accurately describes hundreds of individual strips and books, colorfully expanding the limits of conventional definitions. This…chronicle will not soon be matched, let alone surpassed."

― Ray Olson, Booklist

"With encyclopedic knowledge, Jeremy Dauber brilliantly excavates the story of this art form―warts and all―from its origins right up to the twenty-first century, and strikes cartoon gold. For anyone curious about a medium that’s influenced and embedded itself in every part of our culture, American Comics is an essential guidebook. If you are already a connoisseur of comics, be prepared to be enlightened anew."

― Peter Kuper, award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist