Comic books had entertained people ever since the thirties, though earlier generations may have read humor comic strips in newspapers before the first comic magazine was published.

After the first comic book’s release in 1933, more and more people started to notice, and talents, artists, and comic companies began to surface.

If you’re looking for some classic references, we have prepared a list to make your search easier. Here it goes.

1. Famous Funnies (1933)

If we would want you to read something vintage about comics, then it would be no other than the first comic book ever published. Famous Funnies contained strips from a humor graphic section featured in newspapers in the late twenties. If you aren’t able to get a hold of the physical printout, you may still be able to download soft copies or ebooks.

2. Batman: The Killing Joke (1988)

DC Comics released a “one-shot” definitive novel on one of its most famous antagonists to Batman, The Joker. Read this book and find out how an engineer quit his career just to be a stand-up comedian to no avail.

3. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (1993)

Scott McCloud’s book has received an award in the non-fiction category and has been acknowledged by other prominent personalities in the comic world. If you would like to understand comics, needless to say, this book is a must-read.

These are just three books and references you can always start with. They may not always be the pop mainstream comic book you may imagine, but they’re some of the best.