Neil Cohn summarizes a 1986 study by Michael J. Pallenik which examines the ways that children interpret a particular comics story at different ages. Titled “A Gunman in Town! Children Interpret a Comic,” the paper reports the results of showing the same comics story to children of varying race, class, age and gender and soliciting responses on a panel-by-panel basis. The study originally ran in Studies in the Anthropology of Visual Communication. The comics story in question is from a 1955 issue of Western Outlaws.



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