There’s nothing like a little history to put things in perspective.”The Comic Book in America” celebrates a unique American invention, the always popular, much maligned comic book. Mike Benton is a veteran comic book collector, dealer, and investor, and he owns a company that publishes educational comic books. Benton first traces the historical development of comic books from 1896 to the present. Then he tells the stories of more than 50 American comic-book publishers, some of which existed for only a few years. Finally, Benton discusses 17 different comic-book genres. The book’s detailed index makes it easy to locate a particular topic, theme, character, publisher, or person.