Nathan Vernon Madison is an Eisner Award-nominated author, historian, and documentary producer. 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 in 2014; 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 serves on the Editorial Board of the Pulp Magazines Project, an academic, open-access archive dedicated to late 19th and early 20th century popular literature. Most recently, he contributed a monograph, “Science Fiction Magazines in the Pulp Era,” to the Routledge Companion to the British and North American Literary Magazines (Routledge, 2021); at the moment, Nathan is organizing and editing a collected work chronicling the history and growth of anime fandom in America, for publication in 2024. In 2017, Nathan served as a consultant on director James Cameron’s series The Story of Science Fiction (AMC) and has consulted on, or co-produced documentaries for, the BBC, C-SPAN, and PBS.
Nathan is a member of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; a member and listed consultant of the Society for Industrial Archaeology; and has written several works regarding local industrial and economic history. In 2015, he wrote the first full history of a famed Richmond landmark—Tredegar Iron Works – Richmond’s Foundry on the James (History Press, 2015); in early 2023, Engine of the Old Dominion – The Richmond Locomotive and Machine Works (History Press) was published.