all-stars Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey
have spent the better part of the past few years chronicling a concise history of the comic book industry in their appropriately titled series Comic Book Comics
. Much the same way Scott McCloud has used sequential art to teach readers about comics in his "Understanding" books, they've harnessed the power of the medium to take readers through a six-issue meta-tour of comics from the debut of Richard F. Outcault's The Yellow Kid to the modern day.
The final issue of the series, Comic Book Comics #6: Comics of the Future, arrives in print and digital formats on November 23, covering the direct market's birth, first boom and subsequent first bust. Hit the jump for an exclusive 5-page preview from Comic Book Comics #6 and be sure to hit CA tomorrow for a second, even longer preview from the title.