Nathan Vernon Madison is an Eisner Award-nominated author and historian. In 2014, his first book (and revision of his VCU M.A. thesis), Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920-1960 (McFarland, 2013), was nominated for an Eisner for best scholarly/academic work; the following year, a four-volume encyclopedia to which he contributed, Comics Through Time – A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas (ABC-CLIO, 2014) was similarly nominated. He also writes on local industrial and economic history; in 2015, he wrote the first full history of an icon of Richmond’s industrial past—Tredegar Iron Works – Richmond’s Foundry on the James (History Press, 2015). Nathan is currently working on a history of American science fiction magazines to be published in a collection by Routledge, as well as a book chronicling the history of the Richmond Locomotive Works.
In 2017, Nathan served as a consultant on director James Cameron’s documentary series The Story of Science Fiction (AMC), and has consulted on programs for C-SPAN and the BBC, as well. In 2018, PBS aired a documentary Nathan co-produced, detailing the parallel histories of the British and Virginia iron industries; recently, he founded a non-profit organization dedicated to funding future documentaries.