Distinct from magazines, children's comics are a discreet and fascinating medium, superficially familiar to us all, yet rarely the subject of study in Media Studies. But comics have been with us in their current form for over a hundred years and they remain hugely popular with their audience and very lucrative for their owners. Beginning with A Short History of Comics, the Teacher's Guide explores every area of the subject likely to be of relevance to the Media teacher: Comic Language& mdash;comic codes , and how to read them; Industries and Institutions& mdash;from conglomerates to cults and cross-media synergy; Censorship& mdash; the history of comic book regulation in the USA and the UK; Audiences& mdash;who reads children's comics? And are they bad for them? Representation& mdash;comics and gender, race and nationality; Superheroes and Naughty Kids& mdash;the history, and appeal, of Superman, Batman and Dennis the Menace.