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SUPERHEROES and COMIC BOOKS: An American

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Transcript of SUPERHEROES and COMIC BOOKS: An American

Brief history of comic books
The precursors to comic books were comic strips, which were found in newspapers in the 1840’s. One of the most influential being, Richard F. Outcault's "The Yellow Kid"
By 1933 the first comic books were being published. These books were focused more on humor and mystery.
By 1938 comics turned to superheroes when, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman and other comics.
The modern comic book can take the form of many genres.

IMPORTANT NAMES AND DATES OF PUBLISHERS, COMPANIES, CREATORS, AND CHARACTERS
Historical parallels and connections between comics and American/World history
. Captain America is set during WWII when the Nazi’s were at the height of their power. Captain America was born into the U.S. Army and into the war to fight the Nazi evil.

. The Iron Man movie was set during the Afghanistan War fighting terrorists, but in the comic book it was during the Korean War fighting communists.

. Black widow fought for The KGB and for America in the Cold War
SUPERHEROES and COMIC BOOKS: An American
Legacy

by: Dylan Salas, Niccolas Nordfelt, Joseph Stalin, Isaiah Avila, Sydnee Nordfelt
A brief analysis of the structure of a comic book and instruction of how to read a comic book
A comic book consists of 22 pages that are each divided by several panels, some being smaller or larger than the rest.
There are many different ways to read a comic book, you may want to flip through the pages looking only at illustrations to get a feel for the comic.
The best way to read a comic book is to start from the beginning and combine the words and illustrations.
Important People
Max Gaines
- Father of the comic book - 1934 publishes "Funnies on Parade" sells the reprints in book form for a dime
Joe Schuster and Jerry Seigal
- Action Comics Superman 1938
Jack Kirby
: An illustrator and writer regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium. He was the creator of Captain America.
Stan Lee
: co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters
Steve Ditko
: One of the major artists and creators for Marvel comics.

Important Titles
Action Comics
: The series that introduced Superman. The publisher that was originally Detective Comics, later became DC. This is now one of the longest running comic book publications.
Timely Publications: The Original name of Marvel Publications, they were also known as Atlas Comics.
Important Characters
How do comics reflect the time period and the author/illustrator?
Superman
: The first superhero debuted in Action Comics In 1938
Captain America
: debuted in 1941 fighting Hitler and the Nazis
Wonder Woman
: in 1941 she first appeared in All Star Comics #8. Originally just a justice league secretary she became the first female superhero.
Other well known superheroes debuted during the silver age of comic books, such as, The Hulk, The Flash, X-Men and others.

How are the stories effective when there is a lack of text?
Stories can be effective when their is a lack of text due to the vivid illustrations that are being displayed. Comic book artists capture the characters emotions as well as their actions.
Why are comic books a beneficial type of text to use in English classrooms?
What do Superheroes Represent in American society?
In American society superheroes represent many things for many different people. For some they are the ultimate role model, the embodiment of truth honor and integrity. For others they are simply an enjoyable pastime, something to entertain them and their families. Whatever they may represent, their great impact on American society is clear.
In American society superheroes represent many things for many different people. For some they are the ultimate role model, the embodiment of truth, honor, and integrity. For others they are simply an enjoyable pastime, something to entertain them and their families. Whatever they may represent, their great impact on American society is clear.

What do Superheroes represent in American society?
The character Spiderman, who debuted in the 1960's exemplifies the growing social consciousness of the youth. This social consciousness is reflected in the protests of the era.
Comic books, like all other types of literature, reflect changes, whether they be social, political, or personal, to the authors/illustrators. One example of this would be Captain America, who was created during the second World War when America needed an all American super soldier. This idea of the story reflecting the era holds true in today's comics. A recent SpiderMan story exemplifies this, in which Peter Parker dies and is replaced by a Hispanic teenager. This reflects growing acceptance of other ethnicities in America.
Another example of this is Deadpool's frequent references to internet sites such as Reddit and 4chan.
Comic books can be very beneficial to the English language for various reasons.
One of the most important is they can teach the reader in a way that opens them up to new ideas in an easily understandable format.
Comic books can also be helpful to someone who is learning English as a second language. The words, combined with the illustrations help to give a better understanding of a topic
Well-Known Superheroes
Captain America:

brief description:

- His real name is Steve Rogers
- He is the living symbol of freedom during WWII, enduring his continuous, never-ending battle for liberty.
significance of his story:
- It gives people hope that there is always going to be something good to defend against the bad.
relevance to society:
- It takes place during a real-life event, WWII, which is important because it makes the character's story relatable to our society.

Batman:

brief description:
- His real name is Bruce Wayne
- The murder of his parents at a young age is his drive to confront any evil and put an end to it.
significance of his story:
- It lets people know that it is okay to stand up for what they believe in and stick up for themselves/others.
relevance to society:
- There are always going to be bad things happening in our society, and it is up to us to keep fighting against them, no matter how bad they get.
How color and illustration express theme, tone, mood and emotion where there is an absence of words or when words are limited
- It expresses tone, mood, and emotion through the effect and meaning that the color portrays
- Each color has a meaning and expresses different tones and emotions.

EXAMPLES:
- RED: fire and blood, associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination, as well as passion, desire, and love
- BLACK: associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, mystery
Analysis and examples of parallels and inconsistencies between original comics, television shows and film adaptations.
Spiderman:

- In the comics, his maturity progresses over time
- In the animated series, he is shown as a young man coming of age
- He turns from his nerdy self to a crime-fighter whom everyone admires (Amazing Spiderman #1)
- The movie is a more modern version of the original series, but it helps us get a more detailed understanding of his entire life
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