How to Cite a Comic Book in APA, MLA, or Chicago

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She’s fierce, she’s powerful, she’s a skillful fighter, she’s…..WONDER WOMAN! Wonder Woman is the one of the biggest DC Comics superheroes to make it to the big screen. Her first movie made over $435 million in box office sales after just two weeks in theaters, so it’s safe to say she’s kind of a big deal.

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If you’ve caught the Wonder Woman buzz and you’d like to use her comic books, or any other characters’ comic books, in your own projects, follow the steps below to cite them correctly. We have instructions on how to cite your comic book either in print or digitally, and in MLA format, APA format, or Chicago format.

To cite a comic book in print, find the following pieces of information:

1. The author’s name and the names of any relevant artists/illustrators
2. The title of the comic book issue
3. The title of the comic book series
4. The volume and issue number
5. The name of the publisher
6. City, or city and country of publisher
7. Year published
8. A page or page range (if citing only a specific portion of the comic book)

To cite a Wonder Woman comic or another comic book in print MLA 9, follow this format:

Author’s Last name, First name. Title of Comic Book Issue. Title of Comic Book Series, vol. number, issue no., Name of Publisher, year published, p. or pp. range (if applicable).

If the comic book has separate writers and illustrators and you’d like to credit them all equally, you can begin your citation with the issue title and include all of the creators (including writers, illustrators, inkers, colorists, and letterers) in the contributor container instead.

Title of Comic Book Issue. Title of Comic Book Series, by Author First Name Last Name, illustrated by Artist First Name Last Name, vol. number, issue no., Name of Publisher, year published, p. or pp. range (if applicable).

Here are two examples of how to cite a Wonder Woman comic book found in print in MLA 9:

Azzarello, Brian. Wonder Woman. No. 1, DC Comics, 2011.

Wonder Woman. By Brian Azzarello, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, No. 1, DC Comics, 2011.

*Note that this specific issue of Wonder Woman does not have a separate title for the issue and another title for the series. This issue and series are both titled as Wonder Woman. When the issue and the series have the same exact title, it is not necessary to type out both titles. Only include the series title.

In MLA citations, place a period after the first title and a comma after the second title, if there is one.

To cite a comic book in print in APA, follow this format:

Author’s Last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year published). Title of comic book issue [Cartoon]. City of publisher, State or Country of Publisher: Name of publisher.

Here’s an example of how to cite a comic book in APA:

Azzarello, B. (2011). Wonder Woman [Cartoon]. New York, NY: DC Comics.

To cite a comic book in print Chicago format, use this structure:

Author’s Last name, First initial. Title of Comic Book Issue. City of publication: Name of publisher, Year published.

Here’s an example of how to cite a Wonder Woman comic book found in print in Chicago:

Azarello, B. Wonder Woman. New York: DC Comics, 2011.

How to a Wonder Woman Comic Book Found Online:

To cite a comic book found online or read on an e-reader, find the following pieces of information:

  1. The author’s name and the names of any relevant artists/illustrators
  2. The title of the comic book issue
  3. The title of the comic book series
  4. The name of the e-reader, if read on one
  5. The volume and issue number
  6. The name of the publisher
  7. City, or city and country of publisher
  8. Year published
  9. The page or page range, if viewed online
  10. The name of the website, if viewed online
  11. The URL, if viewed online

To cite a comic book, found online or through an e-reader, use the following structure if citing in MLA 9:

Structure when found online:

Title of Comic Book Issue. Title of Comic Book, by Author First Name Last Name, illustrated by Artist First Name Last Name, vol. number, issue no., Name of publisher, year published, page range. Name of Website, URL (remove https:// or https://).

Structure when viewed on an e-reader:

Title of Comic Book Issue. Title of Comic Book, by Author First Name Last Name, illustrated by Artist First Name Last Name, e-book ed., vol. number, issue no., Name of publisher, year published, page range. *Name of e-reader device.

*The name of the e-reader device is supplemental and does not always need to be included. 

Here’s an example of how to cite the Wonder Woman comic book in MLA 9, when viewed on an e-reader.

Wonder Woman.* By Brian Azzarello, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, e-book ed., No. 1, DC Comics, 2011. Nook.

*Note: Since the name of the issue and the name of the series are both Wonder Woman, the name is only included once in the citation.

In MLA citations, place a period after the first title and a comma after the second title, if there is one.

To cite a comic book in APA that is found online, use the following structure:

Author’s Last name, F. M. (Year published) Title of comic book issue [Name of the e-reader version]. Retrieved from URL

If the title of the comic book was not viewed on an e-reader, exclude the information in the brackets.

Here’s an example of how to cite the Wonder Woman comic, read on an e-reader, in APA format:

Azzarello, B. (2011). Wonder Woman [Nook version]. Retrieved from https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wonder-woman-vol-1-brian-azzarello/1111115880?ean=9781401238773#nok-dapps

To cite a comic book found online in Chicago, use the following structure:

Author’s Last name, First name. Title of Comic Book Issue. City of publication: Name of Publisher, Year published. E-reader edition OR URL.

Here’s an example of how to cite a Wonder Woman comic, found online, in Chicago:

Azzarello, Brian. Wonder Woman. New York: DC Comics, 2011. Nook ed.


Photo Source: “Infinite Wonder Woman” by JD Hancock. Licensed under CC BY 2.0. Original image was cropped.


 

 

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