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    Peter Sanderson
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Peter Sanderson is a comic book critic and historian, as well as an instructor/lecturer at New York University.

He is best known for his work as a researcher at the two main American comics companies, DC and Marvel, where he helped to catalog the various fictional characters that comprised their respective continuities.

Sanderson was first hired by DC in the early 1980s, where he was given the task of reading every comic book published by DC since 1935. His research was used by Marv Wolfman in writing Crisis on Infinite Earths and by Len Wein in writing Who's Who in the DC Universe. Sanderson then went to work for Marvel as their first (and only) archivist, and contributed as a researcher on the various Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe series in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Sanderson was also the writer of the Marvel Saga and Wolverine Saga limited series. These titles did not follow the typical art-centered comic book format. Instead, the two series focused on text chronicling the fictional histories of comic book characters - rather than writing new exploits of the characters, Sanderson culled information from comic books Marvel had published over the years. The text was supplemented by individual panels excerpted from the comic books that served as Sanderson's sources.

He currently writes an online column entitled Comics in Context, which (in Peter's own words) is "a weekly series of critical essays on comics, cartoon art, and related subjects" (those "related subjects" can run the gamut from film adaptations of comic books to other media that have been influenced by comics, such as Star Wars). The series started on July 8, 2003 on the website, but has since moved to the Kevin Smith-affiliated website Quick Stop Entertainment. According to Mr. Sanderson, the "Powers That Be" in charge of IGN's comics section began to tamper with the titles of his columns and complain about some of the topics he covered, whereby a "change of scenery" was necessary. The first article to appear on Quick Stop Entertainment was published on June 23, 2006.

Sanderson also teaches the class The Graphic Novel as Literature at NYU, and reviews the latest in comics and comics-related material for Publishers Weekly.

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The All-Star Index (1987)
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection (2013)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
Atlantis Attacks Omnibus (2011)
Avengers Epic Collection (2013)
The Avengers Log (1994)
The Avengers (1963)
Avengers: Citizen Kang (2011)
Back Issue (2003)
Batman (1940)
Batman Arkham: Killer Croc (2016)
Batman Arkham: Poison Ivy (2016)
Capitán América (1985)
Capitán América (1993)
Captain America (1968)
Cerebro's Guide to the X-Men (1998)
Comics Feature (1980)
Comics Go Hollywood (2008)
The Comics Journal (1977)
Dakota North: Design For Dying (2018)
Danny Fingeroth's Write Now! (2002)
Daredevil (1964)
Daredevil Epic Collection (2014)
Detective Comics (1937)
Die Spinne (1980)
Doctor Fate (1988)
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1993)
Essential Marvel Saga (2008)
Essential Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (2006)
Essential Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - Deluxe Edition (2006)
FantaCo's Chronicles Series (1981)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2005)
Green Arrow (1988)
Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
Heroic Age: X-Men (2011)
Hot Shots: Avengers (1995)
The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine (1986)
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man Epic Collection (2013)
Iron Man: The Legend (1996)
Iron Manual Mark 3 (2010)
L'Uomo Ragno (1987)
Lobezno (1989)
LOC (1981)
Los 4 Fantásticos (1983)
Los Vengadores (1983)
Marvel Age (1983)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
Marvel Héroes (1987)
Marvel Omnibus: Atlantis Attaque (2015)
Marvel Preview 1993 (1993)
Marvel Requirer (1990)
Marvel Saga: The Official History of the Marvel Universe (1985)
Marvel Superhelden (1981)
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
The Marvel Universe (1996)
The Marvel Vault (2007)
Marvel Vision (1996)
Marvel Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle (2013)
Marvel: The Year-in-Review (1989)
The New Mutants (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Invincible Universe (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1989)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Omega the Unknown Classic (2005)
Peter Parker, de Spektakulaire Spiderman (1983)
The Punisher (1987)
Quasar (1989)
The Question (1987)
Scorpio Rising (1994)
Silver Surfer (1987)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
Spiderman (1983)
Spirit Jam (1998)
Superman: The Man of Steel (2003)
Thor (1966)
Thor Epic Collection (2013)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
West Coast Avengers (1985)
What If? (1977)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
Wizard's Avengers Special (1999)
Wizard's Marvel Heroes Return Special (1997)
Wizard's Spider-Man Special (1998)
Wolverine (1989)
Wolverine Battles the Incredible Hulk (1989)
Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
Wolverine Saga (1989)
Wonder Man (1991)
Wrath of the Spectre (1988)
X-Factor (1986)
X-Men [GER] (1997)
The X-Men Companion (1982)
X-Men: The Road to Onslaught (2014)
X-Men: The Ultimate Guide (2001)
Xavier Institute Alumni Yearbook (1996)

Comics Feature (1980)
David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview (1983)
Kelly: The Cartoonist America Turns To (2016)
New Mutants Epic Collection (2017)
The New Mutants (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
The Very Best of the X-Men (1994)
Violent Messiahs (2000)
The X-Men Companion (1982)
X-Men Epic Collection (2014)
X-Men Origins: Firestar (2017)
X-Men: Legion – Shadow King Rising (2017)

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