Kirsh, S. J., & Olczak, P. V. (2001). Rating comic book violence: contributions of gender and trait hostility. Social Behavior and Personality, 29 (8), 833-836.

Abstract:  This study assessed the influence of gender and trait hostility on perceptions of extremely-violent and mildly-violent comic books. 246 college students rated comic books on levels of violence, interest, humor, and overall likability. Gender, but not trait hostility, was significantly related to the comic book ratings. The methodological and psychological implications of these findings are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)