Help me define a Comics Genre…

Writing a set of encyclopedia entries about “adventure comics” sounds like a fun gig, right? It should be, and a task I’m happy to have signed up for as part of the team working on “Comics through Time,” A planned 4 volume historical encyclopedia of my favorite storytelling medium to be published by Greenwood Press.

The thing that struck me as I sit down to start doing the background research, is how exactly do I define the genre of “adventure comics?” (*)

Other sections in the encyclopedia will cover:

  • Crime,
  • Espionage,
  • Funny Animals,
  • History,
  • Horror,
  • Jungle Tales,
  • Romance,
  • Science Fiction,
  • Superheroes,
  • Teen,
  • War
  • Westerns.

What titles would you describe as “adventure comics” that don’t fit into one of the above categories? Let me know and we’ll see if your suggestions fit in with mine.

At the moment I am focusing on entries for Volume One (up to 1960) and Volume Two (1960 t0 1980) only.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


(*) A task not helped that the book actually called “Adventure Comics” falls squarely in another genre – that of the ubiquitous superhero.


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