Educational and Public Information Comics, 1940s–present

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This article examines the history of educational and public information comics and the emergence of scholarship that investigates the educational potential of the medium. There is a particular focus on American comics, but also reference to comics from other countries, notably the United Kingdom. Early comics scholarship, such as that published in the 1944 special issue of The Journal of Educational Sociology, is put in dialogue with later scholarship on comics. The article considers how the pedagogical power of comics is expressed not only at the level of content but also through formal and stylistic elements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-35
Number of pages29
JournalStudies in Comics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • publication information comics
  • educational comics
  • comics and literature
  • science communication
  • history of comics studies
  • content and form

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