One of the best writers about comics ever is Bob Levin. One of the best writer/artists/editor in comics history was Harvey Kurtzman. Levin writes very well on EC Comics; they are the comics of his youth, and had a profound effect on his life. He writes about Kurtzman's war comics here with a kind eye and rigorous standards. He touches on one of my favorite issues: the idea of comics work and popular art more generally as a kind of ongoing civics lesson through which one might inculcate a set of standards into the reading audience; he's not convinced it's that easy.