In his 1993 book Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud gives his definition of the word "comics":

comics (kom'iks) n. plural in form, used with a singular verb. Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer. (p. 9)

Throughout this document, the word "comics" will be used as a singular noun, in adherence to McCloud's definition.

The educational potential of comics has yet to be fully realized. While other media such as film, theater, and music have found their place within the American educational establishment, comics has not. To determine the reasons behind this oversight, I will review the history of comics in education from 1933, the birth year of the modern comic book, to the present. Afterwards, I will discuss the many strengths of comics as an educational tool that emerge from the literature.


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