The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes gifts! It’s always lovely to receive something special from someone you love, but there’s also a particular pleasure that comes in giving a really well chosen gift and knowing that it’s truly appreciated. Sometimes it really is better to give than to receive! In that spirit, ComicsAlliance is here to inspire you with some great ideas for gifts to buy for your friends and family. Each gift guide is tailored to a particular personality type or special interests, and today we’re looking at gifts for hardcore comics history buffs.

You know the people we're talking about: the ones who can recite the personal history of even the most obscure background characters and the complete bibliography of every comic creator. The ones who eagerly speculate about whether so-and-so will be introduced in  whatever TV show, or which timeline will be followed in the latest cinematic endeavors of their favorite publishers. The ones who passionately seek to learn all they can about the history of comics, cartoons, manga, and graphic novels.

This list of books, films, and other goodies is sure to excite comic-loving friends and family members, and covers everything from specific creators and publishers to obscure but fascinating characters to the history --- and future --- of the medium.