I already posted a request for book names at Comics Journal Message Board, but I figured I'd post it here too since this has worked well for me in the past.
I'm looking specifically for any books that discuss how specific social conflicts of particular eras influenced the superhero comics of their day, and how those stories spoke back to the conflicts. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I'm hoping to write a paper on the subject for my English Honors seminar. In the past, I've had good luck managing to sneak my comic book obsession into my academics, though this semester the chances of doing this are slim. I've got one chance, and I'll be damned if I'm going to write my final Honors paper on Rudyard Kipling if I can do it about my beloved sadomasochistic harbringers of justice.