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Aug 8, 2013
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The Internet absolutely hates text.

Unless a piece is saying something truly substantial, people have little patience to read more than a few paragraphs of straight text. The infamous comments box staple “TL;DR” comes to mind (too long; didn’t read), which is a Web 2.0 phrase that is symbolic of people’s aversion towards wordy things on the net.

The book Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe, however, is far from wordy.


Created by Tim Leong, the writer/designer/creative force behind titles such as Wired and Complex magazine, Super Graphic is filled with the best things on the web today that isn’t porn: Infographics.

Specifically: infographics on comic books. Nerdy, nerdy infographics. Uber-geeky Venn diagrams, pie charts, bar graphs, and flowcharts. The former Director of Digital Design for Wired, Leong, is in the business of feeding readers information in an engaging way, and the book does exactly that for a topic that has more plot twists, nuances, details, and drama than all the teleseryes of this country combined.

In short, the dude is serious on making life easier for comic book geeks. If you love superheroes and comic books, and want to up your game, the book is for you. Below are five sample pages from the book that immediately add to our comic book knowledge. 

1) Need to list what superhero wears his underwear on the outside? No need to go to Wiki, buddy! Tim has you covered with this Venn diagram. Guess who makes it in the middle:




2) You know the ins and outs of being the caped crusader. But how well do you know your way around his city?
The map below, which pinpoints important locations in the most beleaguered fictional city in the world, is set to augment the way you read Batman comics.


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