Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
comics North Carolina 1995 Lisle, Holly & Chris Guin. Mall, Mayhem and Magic. New York: Baen (1995); pg. 139. Pg. 139: " on the useless tie-ins and merchandising gimmicks for the new Batman movie. He stacked the Batman IV novelizations into big, dramatic black piles in the display window, and tried to come up with an idea. He would have to have something cool to move the books, because from all accounts Jim had gotten, the movie had only been fair, and was not going to move the merchandise for him.... "; Pg. 141: "He covered the side and back slatwall with the movie novelization, then unloaded the Complete Frank Miller Batman, a marvelous book, into the chrome-and-glass display. He was hoping the Miller would move the other stuff--it was his one sure thing. He hung black plastic bats from the ceiling... " [More over the next few page; all quotes not in DB, but all characters and titles indexed.]
comics North Carolina 1995 Lisle, Holly & Chris Guin. Mall, Mayhem and Magic. New York: Baen (1995); pg. .. Pg. 141: "Top Ten Reasons Why It's Tough Being Batman ";

Pg. 142: "10) The Todd MacFarlane/Batman Year Two Batcape keeps leaping out of the closet under its own power and trying to take over my job.

...9) People keep asking me to explain Crisis on Infinite Earths

...8) Alfred met a health food guru; now it's bean sprouts for Batman.

7) Social Services is on my back for dressing a young boy up in green tights and a yellow cape and keeping him out until all hours of the morning. ";

Pg. 143: "6) Robin hooked the Bat-computer up to the Nintendo and caused a city-wide blackout when he reached the end of level 3 on Super Mario Brothers.

...5) I keep getting obscene phone calls on the red phone.

4) 2nd movie did poorly at the box office--Michelle Pfeiffer doesn't call me anymore.

3) Can't get the seams straight in my Battights.

...2) Robin got a speeding ticket; they doubled the insurance rates on the Batmobile. ";

Pg. 144: "1) Too much starch in the Bat-shorts. "

comics North Carolina 1995 Lisle, Holly & Chris Guin. Mall, Mayhem and Magic. New York: Baen (1995); pg. 151. Pg. 151: Batman
comics North Carolina 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 152. "'No. They aren't. One of my favorite cartoonists, Scott Adams, says that everyone is an idiot some of the time. I think he's right.' "
comics Oklahoma 1943 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 51. Pg. 51: "now reading a Plastic Man comic... "; Pg. 52: "You could hear Euclid turning comic-book pages... He was paging through Plastic Man for maybe the twentieth time. "; Pg. 55: "So most of us looked at Mister JayMac not as a robber baron but as our own very Daddy Warbucks. "; Pg. 58: "Euclid gave me his Plastic Man comic book. " (More, pg. 59.); Pg. 281: "The face of the man with the Popeye-the-Sailor lipstick cartoon on his keister was a face I knew... But where had I met him, and why would he want Popeye's homely mug scribbled on his butt? "; Pg. 462: Plastic Man
comics Oklahoma 1943 Bishop, Michael. Brittle Innings. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 173. "Back then, Fosdick's line didn't impress me at all. All I could think of was Fearless Fosdick, the cartoon detective Al Capp had created in Li'l Abner to send up Dick Tracy. Fearless Fosdick strolled around with bullet-hole windows in him--they never seemed to bother him much. " [More.]
comics Ontario 1993 de Lint, Charles Memory & Dream. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 11. [Frontispiece] "Our dreams make us large.

--Jack Kirby,
from an interview on Prisoners of Gravity, TV Ontario; broadcast January 7, 1993 "

comics Ontario: Toronto 1993 Huff, Tanya. Blood Lines. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 144. "'...You're looking for a mummy, not a... Ninja Turtle.' "
comics Ontario: Toronto 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 126. "The only clothing the Wreed wore was a wide belt that encircled the narrow lower part of its torso; it was held up by the being's knobby hips. The belt reminded me of Batman's utility belt--it was even the same bright yellow, and it was lined with what I presumed were storage pouches. Instead of the bat emblem on the buckle, though, it sported a bright red pinwheel. "
comics Oregon 1978 King, Stephen. The Stand. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1978); pg. 626-628. Pg. 626: "...a stack of comic books by his side... Oregon Highway 86 ran past the dime store... "; Pg. 628: "He sighed and took another comic book of the rack. Some ridiculous... thing called Howard the Duck, who was supposed to be a master of Quack-Fu. He threw it across the store and it fluttered down in a tent shape on top of a cash register. It was things like Howard the Duck, he thought, that made you believe the world was maybe just as well off destroyed.

He picked up the next one, a Superman--there was a hero you could at least sort of believe in--and was just turning to the first page when he saw...

He ran out on the sidewalk, still holding the Superman comic book in one hand. "

comics Phaze 2980 Anthony, Piers. Split Infinity. New York: Ballantine (1980); pg. 286. "'Stile's going after Hulk in 1A!' and a responding cry of amazement.

Hulk looked up, and they exchanged a fleeting smile over the unit... In fact, Stile realized, he was more like Hulk than unlike him... Hulk's physical prowess was no empty reputation... " [A significant character is named 'Hulk', but is unconnected to the 'Incredible Hulk' of Marvel Comics.]

comics Phaze 2981 Anthony, Piers. Blue Adept. New York: Ballantine (1981); pg. 8. "'Methinks Stile likes magic,' Hulk muttered. 'Personally, I do not believe in it.' ...and Hulk was almost as capable there. Hulk might be able to learn to be a magician, if he ever cared to try... " [Many refs. to a character named Hulk, who doesn't have anything to do with the Marvel Comics character, the Hulk.]
comics Portugal 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 17. "'...I mean, for a minute there I through I had clicked into a Channel 27 rerun of some old John Carpenter film.'

Pelham sighed, shook his head, and said to the manufacturer's rep, 'Sergeant Means here is our resident comics and science fiction expert.' "

comics Portugal 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 183. "The MPs would come next. The court-martial. It didn't matter. Gordon could retreat into himself the way he always had into comics books and fantasies. Soft edges. Distance. That was the way things should be. "
comics Quebec 1982 Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 35. "Vague, early memories, of baby-sitters and tricycles and marbles and endless summers and Batman in first run on TV. "
comics Romania 1989 Simmons, Dan. Children of the Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1992); pg. 47. "...and changed into what he'd called his mutant ninja priest suit: black shirt, black coat, black trousers, Roman collar. " [A reference to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.]
comics Switzerland 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 37. "...its walls covered with cartoon posters: Asterix le Gauloix here, Ren and Stimpy there, Bugs Bunny and Fred Flintstone and Gaga from Waga above the desk. "
comics United Kingdom 1995 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 4. "Caffeine is such a simple, elegant, necessary drug--Alex remembers one of Gary Larson's Far Side cartoons, goofy lions sprawled around a tree and off in the distance a rhino pouring a cup of coffee for its mate, who's saying, 'Whoa, that's plenty.' The title was African Dawn, and Alex smiles now, remembering the way he laughed out loud the first time he saw it. Which was when? One Christmas back before the end of the twentieth century, he must have been five or six. "
comics United Kingdom: England 1944 Meluch, R.M. "Vati " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 300. "Faster than a Mosquito.
Faster than a V1 rocket.
'It's a UFO.'

'It's Superman.'
'It's the bloody Hun!' "

comics United Kingdom: England 1982 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. New York: Ballantine (1984; c. 1982); pg. v. [Acknowledgments.] "I should probably cite... My imagination was also stirred by varied sources such as the illustrated weekly Tales of Prince Valiant... "
comics United Kingdom: London 1995 Ryman, Geoff. 253. New York: St. Martin's Press (1998); pg. 24. Pg. 24: "Mr Higbee is the bar piano player on a cross-Channel ferry. His bag contains a change of underwear, a top hat, and home-produced cassettes which he offers for sale on the top of his piano. No one every buys them. Like Superman, his costume, a tuxedo, is under the ordinary coat. "; Pg. 165: "Talented animator who works on the Asterix series, and Kia-ora ads. "; Pg. 172: "She had a Snoopy badge on her coast. They didn't want to call the police... He told the story, with great drama. Everyone began to laugh, especially at the Snoopy badge. "; Pg. 331: "Reading a Superman novelization. "
comics United Kingdom: London 1995 Ryman, Geoff. 253. New York: St. Martin's Press (1998); pg. 66. "Carries a shoulder bag hugged by a grubby, grinning Garfield cat. "
comics United Kingdom: London 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 44. "'I know you,' she says. 'You're Captain Marvel.'

She is perhaps twelve, her round, serious face framed by straight black hair. She has some kind of middle European accent.

'Miracle Man,' Alex says. It's the ethername he uses on the a-life bulletin board. "

comics USA 1947 Waldrop, Howard. "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 20. "Jetboy, dressed in a loose pair of pants, a shirt, and a brown aviator's jacket, walked in through the doors of the Blackwell Printing Company. There was a bright red-and-blue sign above the door: Home of the Cosh Comics Company.

He stopped at the receptionist's desk.

'Robert Tomlin to see Mr. Farrell.'

...'Would you like to speak to Mr. Lowboy? He has Mr. Farrell's job now.'

'Whoever's in charge of Jetboy Comics.'

...'Robert Tomlin,' said the secretary to the intercom.

'Scratch squawk never heard of him squich.'

'What was this about?' asked the secretary.

'Tell him Jetboy wants to see him.'

'Oh,' she said, looking at him. 'I'm sorry. I didn't recognize you.'

'Nobody ever does.' " [More about Jetboy Comics, based on the fictional character of this story, pg. 21-24, 32, 39.]

comics USA 1947 Waldrop, Howard. "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 21. "'Jetboy!' he held out a hand like a bunch of grub worms. 'We all thought you'd died until we saw the papers last week. You're a real national hero, you know?'

'I don't feel like one.'

'What can I do for you? Not that I'm not pleased to finally meet you. But you must be a busy man.'

'Well, first I found out none of the licensing and royalty checks have been deposited in my account since I was reported Missing and Presumed Dead last summer.'

'What, really? The legal department must have put it in escrow or something until somebody came forward with a claim. I'll get them right on it.'

'Well, I'd like the check now, before I leave,' said Jetboy.

'Huh? I don't know if they can do that. That sounds awfully abrupt.'

Jetboy stared at him.

'Okay, okay, let me call Accounting.' He yelled into the telephone. "

comics USA 1947 Waldrop, Howard. "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 21. "'Oh,' said Jetboy. 'A friend's been collecting my copies. I checked the statement of ownership and circulation for the last two years. I know Jetboy Comics has been selling five hundred thousand copies an issue lately.'

Lowboy yelled into the phone some more. He put it down. 'It'll take 'em a little while. Anything else?'

'I don't like what's happening to the funny book,' said Jetboy.

'What's not to like? It's selling a half million copies a month!'

'For one thing, the plane's starting to look more like a bullet. And the artists have swept back the wings, for Christ's sake!'

'This is the Atomic Age, kid. Boys nowadays don't like a plane that looks like a red leg of lamb with coat hangers sticking out the front.'

'Well, it's always looked like that. And another thing: Why's the damned plane blue in the last three issues?'

'Not me! I think red's fine. But Blackwell sent down a memo, and said no more red except for blood. He's a big Legionnaire.' "

comics USA 1947 Waldrop, Howard. "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 22. "'I know the war's over, and everybody wants a new house and eye-bulging excitement,' said Jetboy. 'But look what I find in the last eighteen months . . .

'I never fought anyone like The Undertaker, anyplace called The Mountain of Doom. And come on! The Red Skeleton? Mr. Maggot? Professor Blooteaux? What is this with all the skulls and tentacles? I mean, evil twins named Sturm and Drang Hohenzollern? The Arthropod Ape, a gorilla with six sets of elbows? Where do you get all this stuff?'

'It's not me, it's the writers. They're a crazy bunch, always taking Benzedrine and stuff. besides, it's what the kids want!' "

comics USA 1955 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 76-77. "'...When I was younger there was a man in this country who came along one day and said all the juvenile delinquency that was such a problem was caused by comic books. Comic books! Like I could imagine something less harmful than a silly comic book! But he said this, and because he was a psychiatrist, and because he had a nice Viennese accent, people listened. People were looking for a scapegoat.' "
comics USA 1962 Martin, George R. R. "Shell Games " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 192. "Behind him, the wall was lined with the bookshelves that Dom had built for the kids almost ten years ago. The bottom row was all men's magazines. The rest were comic books. Their comic books. Supermans and Batmans, Action Comics and Detective, the Classics Illustrateds that Joey had mined for all his book reports, horror comics and crime comics and air-war comics, and best of all, their treasure--an almost complete run of Jetboy Comics. "
comics USA 1969 Milan, Victor. "Transfigurations " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 263. "burying his nose farther in the pages of Cosh Comics' Turtle number 92. " [More.]
comics USA 1969 Milan, Victor. "Transfigurations " in Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1986); pg. 270. "He tried to slide pas the time by flipping from the Solomon anthology to Marvel comics to the Zap comix he'd accrued in his pursuit of understanding. "
comics USA 1972 Weiner, Andrew. "Empire of the Sun " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 726. [Afterword] "This story, considered at the superficial level, reads like a parody of science fiction... it seems to me that I have written a kind of tribute to the comic books, the literary level below science fiction, where things happen without real explanation, a world of bright colors and loud noises, which fitted with the distorted perceptions of the astronaut Kaheris. The initial image at least, that of the countdown-world, I got from an old edition of the 'Justice League Of America.' (The planet, of course, was not Earth, and I have no recollection of how the heroes escaped.)... The War with Mars is not the Vietnam War, it's just any war, the kind you can read about in any comic. "
comics USA 1973 Goldman, William. The Princess Bride. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1973); pg. 205. "Would you believe that for me right then it was like one of those comic books where the light bulb goes on over Mandrake the Magician's head? "
comics USA 1980 Waldrop, Howard. "Ugly Chickens " in Modern Classics of Science Fiction. (Gardner Dozois, ed.) New York: St. Martin's Press (1991; story c. 1980); pg. 495. "...two clippings... one from the Bruce Banner-Times... " [Probably a clever reference to the Hulk, whose alter ego is Bruce Banner.]
comics USA 1982 Bishop, Michael. The Secret Ascension; or, Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 88. "Lone Boy sat back on his tool, perusing a copy of Daredevil. Gangway Books didn't carry comics, but Save-Our-Way had all the major brands--Marvel, DC, Stupendo. You could stay abreat of almost any superhero's monthly adventures just by whirling the upright comic rack around, thumbing through the flimsy multicolored booklets, and yanking your favorite titles. Frank Miller's revitalization of Daredevil--a comic devoted to the crimve-fighting exploits of the red-suited alter-ego of the blind attorney Matt Murdock--so delighted Loan that he had been buying and collecting it for over a year now. "
comics USA 1982 Bishop, Michael. The Secret Ascension; or, Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 88. "Tonight, he was eyebrow-deep in the May issue, the poignant tale of Murdock's obsessive grief for his ex-girlfriend Elektra. In the April issue, Elektra, a with-it antiheroine in a skimpy scarlet costume, took a blade wfrom a bad guy named Bullseye right through the heart, and now Matt, aka Daredevil, is trying to convince himself that--somehow, some way--Elektra has survived this brutal shish-kebabbing and secretly fled to a far corner of the earth, there to hide out until Daredevil can track her down and punish her for plunging him into needless mourning. " Etc.
comics USA 1982 Simmons, Dan. "The River Styx Runs Upstream " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1982); pg. 25. "When he fell asleep, he would dream that he was still awake, reading a comic book. "
comics USA 1983 Bear, Greg. "Blood Music " in Tangents. New York: Warner Books (1989; story c. 1983); pg. 19. "I had two dreams, part of my final acceptance. In the first, that evening, I witnessed the destruction of the planet Krypton, Superman's home world. Billions of superhuman geniuses went screaming off in walls of fire. I related the destruction to my sterilizing the samples of Vergil's blood. "
comics USA 1985 Anderson, Jack. Control. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. (1988); pg. 53. "He gives his [newspaper] readers the best sports coverage... and the most sensational local news... He also provides simplified local political news, right-wing national editorials, games, astrology, comics, advice columns... "
comics USA 1989 Simmons, Dan. "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites " in Prayers to Broken Stones. New York: Bantam (1992; c. 1989); pg. 286. "I lowered the Superman comic I'd been reading. "
comics USA 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 265. "'He almost had them convinced, too. He said it was in the tradition of Darwin, voyage of the Beagle and all that. You see, when the crews first started naming the machines, they had names like Gumdrop and Spider and Snoopy...' "
comics USA 1990 De Haven, Tom. Walker of Worlds. New York: Doubleday (1990); pg. 23. Pg. 23: "Framed and hanging on the walls were several watercolor drawings by Dr. Seuss and an original 'Beetle Bailey' Sunday page. "; Pg. 40: "an original animation cel from A Charlie Brown Christmas "; Pg. 49: "Johnny Stillborn had been favoring a certain boyhood memory: of getting a haircut, then stealing an issue of Action Comics from the barber shop's magazine pile... "; Pg. 56: "Because it was like a Steven Spielberg movie. It was like a Superman comic. "; Pg. 100: "...crammed with little toys. Donald Ducks and Fred Flintstones, Bullwinkles and Deputy Dawgs, junky stuff like that. "; Pg. 128: "...a framed original 'Peanuts' comic strip. "; Pg. 162: "...a Mickey Mouse telephone. Yeah, and a Batman coffee mug... Huckleberry Hound "
comics USA 1991 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life. New York: Pocket Books (1992; c. 1991); pg. 8. Pg. 8: "On those shelves are stacks of me: hundreds of comic books--Justice League, Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, the Spirit, Blackhawk, Sgt. Rock and Easy Company, Aquaman, and the Fantastic Four. "; Pg. 72: "...I sat in my room rereading old Famous Monsters magazines and my stock of comic books. "; Pg. 147: "Again Mr. Dollar looked at me, sitting there, all eyes and ears, behind a Hawkman comic book. "
comics USA 1993 Brust, Steven. Agyar. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 71. "Ah, you poor fools, walking so tall and haughty with your guns and your sticks and your wide belts full of gear like the second coming of Batman... "
comics USA 1993 Simmons, Dan. The Hollow Man. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 223. Pg. 223: "Mutant Ninja Turtles pajamas "; PG. 224: "...Robby's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-patterned pajamas... "
comics USA 1995 Chalker, Jack L. The Cybernetic Walrus (Book One of The Wonderland Gambit). New York: Ballantine (1995); pg. 172. " skintight Catwoman leather, spiked heels, and a build to kill for. "
comics USA 1996 Bear, Greg. The Forge of God. New York: Tor (1987); pg. 264. "'I remember an old 'Peanuts' cartoon with Snoopy. The end of the world is coming, so let's hide under a sheet. With eyeholes cut out.' "
comics USA 1997 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 32. "Trip never read the book--Trip didn't read, except for the Bible and furtively hidden copies of Matrix comics... "
comics USA 1998 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. ix-x. [Acknowledgments] "Legends pass from one hand to another... I must pay homage, in roughly reverse chronological order, to a number of fabulists and philosophers who--knowingly or not--worked to make what follows possible: Julius Schwartz and Mortimer Weisinger; Orson Scott Card and Isaac Bashevis Singer; Jerome Siegel & Joseph Shuster; Robert Montana & Stan Lee; Jack Kirby... To Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff, and Bob Kane for Batman and Robin. To Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams for making me notice that it's possible to do this stuff well. To Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger, & Murphy Anderson for Superman. To Carmine Infantino & Gil Kane, the favorite artists of my youth... To John Broome, Gardner Fox, and Mart Nodell for Green Lantern & the Flash. To Matt Wagner for the Sandman. To Mark Evanier...Clark Ross... Alfred Bester... Cary Bates & Jeph Loeb... Charles Kochman & Dan Raspler... " [List includes many of the most significant comic book writers and artists.]
comics USA 1998 Wood, Crystal. Cut Him Out in Little Stars. Denton, TX: Tattersall Publishing (revised and reprinted 1998; c. 1994); pg. 92. "Then there were the dilettantes, who had only cursory interest in any science fiction activity, but who came to conventions out of curiosity or with friends. They had probably seen a some [sic] of the TV and film and read some of the literature (including comic books)... "
comics USA 2000 Barnes, John. "Upon Their Backs, to Bite 'Em " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 314. "He was reading some comic that had both Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk on the cover... He looked the picture of eleven-year-old contentment. "
comics USA 2000 Drake, Robert. "Power " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 101. "...I remember every image of people flying I have ever seen: Sally Field as The Flying Nun and the way as a child I stuffed myself with food... Superman, and boyhood afternoons spent running around after friends as fast as I could, my arms pointing forward as I 'flew,' chasing them in their evil villain incarnations; the pictures in the comic books, from Superman to my still-beloved Legion of Super-Heroes in the old days, when they had their flight rings; and of course, Superman: The Movie. " [superheroes also mentioned pg. 102, 115.]
comics USA 2000 Mann, William J. "Say Goodbye to Middletown " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 259. "...where I bought every issue of Action Comics... "
comics USA 2004 Hand, Elizabeth. Catwoman. New York: Ballantine (2004). Based on screenplay by John Rogers, Mike Ferris, and John Brancato; pg. 87. She [Catwoman] bent into a half-crouch, hands splayed at her sides, then made a spectacular leap across the alley to land upon her neighbor's windowsill. In one fluid motion, she grabbed the window and pulled it open, then leaped feetfirst into the middle of the revelry.

"Holy--! " someone yelped as Patience hit the floor and immediately straightened, glaring at the partyers.

"Batman, " she snapped. "I'm Batman. Oh, never mind. " [Catwoman/Patience Phillips here refers to Batman as a comic book character, and not as an actual person in her fictional universe.]

comics USA 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 315. Pg. 315: Snoopy; Pg. 34: "'You ever read Dick Tracy comics?' Aaron Green asked. "; Pg. 345: Prince Valiant; More Dick Tracy, pg. 435, 463, 484.
comics USA 2011 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 263. "The spare acreage of walls was covered with posters: a map of the world, sports pennants, some aggressive-looking superhero glaring out of a mask.

It was a typical five-year-old boy's room, Maura thought... "

comics USA 2030 Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine (1991; c. 1953); pg. 57. "'...Magazines became a nice blend of vanilla tapioca. Books, so the damned snobbish critics said, were dishwater. No wonder books stopped selling, the critics said. But the public, knowing what it wanted, spinning happily, let the comic books survive...' "
comics USA 2040 Alexander, Eitan. "Beneath the Planet of the Compulsives " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 3. "He was big. Huge, really; he obviously spent a lot of time at the gym. You know how those guys get once they start pumping iron, they look like superheroes. "
comics USA 2040 Dick, Philip K. "Orpheus with Clay Feet " in The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick. New York: Kensington (2002; c. 1963); pg. 290. "'Our Mr. Manville will see you in a moment, Mrs. Slade. Please be seated. You'll find authentic nineteenth century Harper's Weeklies over on the table, there.' She added, 'And some twentieth century Mad Comics, those great classics of lampoonery equal to Hogarth.' "
comics Vermont 1971 O'Neil, Dennis (from an idea by Berni Wrightson with an assist from Harlan Ellison). "Night of the Reaper " in Batman in the Seventies, (Michael Wright, ed.) New York: DC Comics (1999; story first pub. in Batman #237, December 1971); pg. 40-41. Pg. 40-41: [A float in the Rutland Halloween parade has on it numerous regular people dressed as super-heroes, including some NOT from the DC universe, which would qualify as a reference to comcs characters, and not simply a reference to heroes in the DC universe. Marvel characters on float are: Captain America, Havok, Quicksilver. DC characters (which don't REALLY count as a reference to comics) are: Batman, Batgirl, Man-Bat, Hawkman, Captain Marvel (Shazam!), Superman, Aquaman.]; Pg. 50: [A costume party is shown, with a character dressed as Thor and a character dressed as Spider-man, two characters from the Marvel universe (not DC universe, in which this story takes place), which thus constitute references to comics.] Character dressed as Spider-man: "I'm dressed as Webslinger Lad! He's my idol! "; Other party-goer: "Hmmm . . . No accounting for taste! "; Pg. 58: [Party-goers dressed Marvel Comics heroes: Thor, Spider-man, Havok.]
comics Washington, D.C. 1980 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 262. "'You're playing James Bond again the way you used to play Superman. You remember? The summer I visited . . . you were nine . . . too old to be leaping from the terrace with a towel around your neck...' "
comics Washington, D.C. 1980 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 328. "She announced that Special Agent Haines would see him. Gentry contained his glee. A young man with an expensive suit and an unsuccessful mustache, a sort of Jimmy Olsen version of a Junior G-man, led Gentry to a security area... "
comics Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 28. Pg. 28: "Cary Grant as bumbling professor, or some ridiculous bit of stage business--put these on and no one will know you're Superman! "; Pg. 112: "...moving her Snoopy pillow out of the way. "; Pg. 152: "In her too-long Snoopy T-shirt "; Pg. 214: "...and a pile of Sandman comics... "; Pg. 251: So maybe that's it, she thought, a little desperately. Just some of Angie's girls from Brown, and their friend the Incredible Miss Hulk. "
comics Washington, D.C. 1998 Steele, Allen. Chronospace. New York: Ace Books (2001); pg. 36. [email] "A Dilbert strip from last week which he had already read and forgotten, sent via listserve by a pal at Interior who apparently believed the comic strip was the font of all human wisdom... "
comics Washington, D.C. 1999 Anderson, Jack. Millennium. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 49. "'You won't keep rank with nothing either, Fran. You've got to stay focused on what you're being paid to do. You're not on patrol anymore. You're not Wonder Woman, trying to clean up the town from one end to the other. Now you're down in the trenches, chiseling away at the hard stuff.' "

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