Deep in the Caverns of Madness rests the Sanctum Obscura. Inside its library are tomes both arcane and cryptic that are our chief sources used to bring you the story of the forgotten heroes. One small peek inside the Codex of the Obscura is enough to send even the stoutest of heart screaming into the night.

But fear not.

Listed below are but a few of the resources we at the Sanctum employ in our search for the Hero Obscura. Use them as the cornerstones of your own library and be sure to check back often as we clear the Tomes of the Forbidden for use by an unsuspecting public.

DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition

DC Comics EncyclopediaRevamped, redesigned, and fully updated to include the New 52 and Rebirth storylines, this is the definitive and indispensable guide to the characters and worlds of the DC Comics Universe.

Created in full collaboration with DC Comics, this comprehensive reference book has The Washington Post saying, “The DC Comics Encyclopedia is a must.” Formatted in an easy-to use A-to-Z layout, this guide is packed with information and thrilling comic book art and features more than 1,100 characters including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, and much more.

The DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition brings everything up to date, providing an accessible, compelling, and lavishly illustrated guide to the dynamics of the DC Comics Universe.

Marvel Encyclopedia

Marvel EncyclopediaBring the Marvel Universe home with this all-inclusive encyclopedia detailing little-known facts and information about more than 1,200 iconic Marvel characters.

Created in full collaboration with Marvel Comics, the Marvel Encyclopedia features new entries on the latest characters and teams, updated facts on existing ones including their latest looks and story lines, and expanded entries on major superheroes such as Spider-Man, Thor, and The Avengers. Special double-page features have also been added highlighting recent major crossover events in the Marvel Universe, such as Fear Itself, and the Marvel Now series.

The book is packed with comic book imagery and organized in an easy-to-find A-Z style. says, “This coffee table volume is incredibly beautiful and presented in ways that online searching can’t quite match.”

The Marvel Encyclopedia is an essential book for new fans and for anyone who grew up loving the excitement, heroism, and humor if the Marvel Universe.

The Comic Book History of Comics: Birth of a Medium

Comic Book History of ComicsThe inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of comics, graphic novels, and manga is presented in comic book form – The Comic Book History of Comics!

The award-winning Action Philosophers team of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey turn their irreverent-but-accurate eye to the stories of Jack Kirby, R. Crumb, Harvey Kurtzman, Alan Moore, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Fredric Wertham, Roy Lichtenstein, Art Spiegelman, and more!

Presented in all-new color!