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Guardians of the North draws upon (for purposes of display and/or research) the following comics-related fonds/collections from the National Archives of Canada and the National Library of Canada:

National Archives of Canada

  • John Bell collection
  • Bell Features collection
  • Bell Features fonds
  • Captain Canuck Comic Book Art collection
  • Fuddle Duddle collection
  • Matrix Comic Book Art collection
  • Northern Light collection

National Library of Canada

  • The John Bell Canadian Comic Book Collection
  • Bell Features Comic Book Collection

In addition to these public holdings, Guardians of the North makes use of some material borrowed from private collections.


The following bibliography describes the secondary sources consulted in the preparation of Guardians of the North and gives some suggestions for further reading:

Bell, John

Canuck Comics: A Guide to Comic Books Published in Canada. Foreword by Harlan Ellison. Montréal: Matrix Books, 1986.

"Comic Books in English Canada." In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Edited by James Marsh, 513–514. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1999.

"Comic Books in English Canada" [revised and updated text]. Canadian Encyclopedia 2001 [CD-Rom]. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2000.

Foreword to Northguard; Book One: Manifest Destiny. Mark Shainblum and Gabriel Morrissette. Westland, MI: Caliber Press, 1989.

Guardians of the North: The National Superhero in Canadian Comic-Book Art. Ottawa: National Archives of Canada, 1992.

Protecteurs du Nord: Le superhéros national dans la bande dessinée canadienne. Ottawa: Archives nationales du Canada, 1992.

Desbarats, Peter and Terry Mosher

The Hecklers; A History of Canadian Political Cartooning and a Cartoonists' History of Canada. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1979.

Dubois, Bernard

Bande dessinée québécoise: répertoire bibliographique à suivre. Sillery, QC: Éditions D.B.K., 1996.

Falardeau, Mira

La Bande dessinée au Québec. Montréal: Les Éditions du Boréal, 1994.

Hirsh, Michael and Patrick Loubert

The Great Canadian Comic Books. Toronto: Peter Martin Associates, 1971.

Horn, Maurice, ed.

The World Encyclopedia of Comics. 2 vols. New York, NY: Chelsea House Publishers, 1976.

Jacobs, Will and Gerard Jones

The Comic Book Heroes. New York, NY: Crown Publishers, 1985.

Lent, John A., comp.

Animation, Caricature, and Gag and Political Cartoons in the United States and Canada: An International Bibliography. Foreword by Maurice Horn. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.

Letovsky, Cliff

"Komiks Kebek," Le Beaver Nos. 23-25 (June–Aug. 1973): 87–93.

Lupoff, Dick and Don Thompson, eds.

All in Color for a Dime. New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1970.

McLuhan, Marshall

The Mechanical Bride; Folklore of Industrial Man. New York, NY: Vanguard Press, 1951.

MacMillan, Robert

"The War Years: Anglo-American Publishing Ltd." In Canuck Comics: A Guide to Comic Books Published in Canada. Edited by John Bell, 92–101. Montréal: Matrix Books, 1986.

Mitchell, Larry

"John L. Byrne Looks at the New Canadian Comics." The Melting Pot No. 5 (Winter 1972–73): 5–9.

Overstreet, Robert M, comp.

The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide No. 18. New York, NY: House of Collectibles, 1988. The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide No. 20. New York, NY: House of Collectibles, 1990.

Pomerleau, Luc

"Quebec Comics: A Short History." In Canuck Comics: A Guide to Comic Books Published in Canada. Edited by John Bell, 102–115. Montréal: Matrix Books, 1986.

"La BD Québécoise: Bref Historique." In Canuck Comics: A Guide to Comic Book Published in Canada. Edited by John Bell, 116–123. Montréal: Matrix Books, 1986.

Savage, Jr., William W.

Comic Books and America, 1945–1954. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.

Shainblum, Mark

"Captain Canuck: The Triumphant Return of the Canadian Hero." Orion; The Canadian Magazine of Time and Space 1, No. 1 (Summer 1981): 8–11.

"Orion Interview: A Conversation with Canada's Own Richard Comely." Orion; The Canadian Magazine of Time and Space 1, No. 1 (Summer 1981): 16–22.

Sim, Dave

"A Conversation with Adrian and Pat Dingle and Bill Thomas." Now and Then Times 1, No. 2 (Oct. 1973): 27–29.

Viau, Michel

BDQ: Répertoire des publications de bandes dessinées au Québec des origines à nos jours. Laval: Éditions Mille-Îles, 2000.


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