M. Thomas Inge

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M. Thomas Inge is an American writer, who is an authority on popular culture and comic art history. He is the author or editor of over 50 books.

Odyssey Press published his Agrarianism in American Literature in 1969. His three-volume Handbook of American Popular Culture (Greenwood Press) was cited by the American Library Association as an outstanding reference work in 1979 and was issued in a revised and expanded edition in 1990.

He is currently a professor of humanities at Randolph–Macon College (Ashland, Virginia), where there was an exhibition of his 20th-century comic art collection in 2006. The M. Thomas Inge Collection of Comic Arts Reference Journals (in the Comic Arts Collection at Virginia Commonwealth University) includes magazines, catalogs, fanzines, programs and humor publications. Inge has written extensively about Krazy Kat, Baron Bean and other comic strips.

Inge's first name is a well-kept secret.


  • "Faulkner Reads the Funny Papers". Faulkner & Humor, edited by Doreen Fowler and Ann J. Abadie. University Press of Mississippi, 1986.
  • "Was Krazy Kat Black? The Racial Identity of George Herriman". Inge notes the 1971 San Francisco Chronicle report that Herriman's birth certificate stated he was "colored" and considers the relevance of this fact to Herriman's life and art. Inks, Volume 3, Number 2, 1996.


  • Agrarianism in American Literature, Odyssey Press, 1969.
  • Handbook of American Popular Culture, Greenwood Press, 1979 (reprinted in 1990).
  • Bartleby the Inscrutable: A Collection of Commentary on Herman Melville's Tale "Bartleby the Scrivener", editor. Hamden, Conn: Archon Books, 1979.
  • Handbook of American Popular LIterature. Greenwood Press, 1988.
  • Comics as Culture. University Press of Mississippi, 1990.
  • Anything Can Happen in a Comic Strip: Centennial Reflections on an American Art Form. University Press of Mississippi, 1995.

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