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The Great Depression and Comic Books

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Mark Maximillion

on 15 September 2014

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Transcript of The Great Depression and Comic Books

The Great Depression and Comic Books
Mark Yakimchuk
Thesis
During the Great Depression, people needed something to distract and comfort them, a form of escapism. Comic books, when they came out, were the perfect, cheap form of entertainment to do the job, and their characters inspired people and gave them hope for the future.
The fact that the Golden Age of comics occurred alongside the Great Depression is not simply a coincidence
The Great Depression created a cultural need for cheap entertainment to take people's mind off the depressing things going on and comics filled that need
The types of comics created during the Great Depression were of things that made people feel like there were perfect people that they could look up to and find safety and comfort in
For example, people looked for a perfect hero to look up to and found one unexpectedly in one of the *first big comic books, Action Comics #1, which starred the new superhero, Superman
Superman and other heroes created after him allowed people to fantasize about their real world problems being solved through these perfect superhumans
Strong
Brave
Loyal
Persevering
PERFECT
PERFECT
PERFECT
PERFECT
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PERFECT
PERFECT
PERFECT
PERFECT
PERFECT
PERFECT
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Superheroes were these perfect people that society wishes existed so that the world's problems would be solved
During the Great Depression, when comics first came out, people could actually read and fantasize about these superheroes and forget their problems as they watched how Superman saved lives and kept the world safe
Comic book writers during the Great Depression purposely wrote comics to directly address real world issues by showing superheroes conquer them, which inspired and lightened people up
In fact, Superman's motto in the first issue of Action Comics said he was "the champion of the oppressed." People needed to believe in hope at the time, even false hope, and that's what comics gave them.
Conclusion
Ultimately, during the Great Depression, comic books were created and became extremely successful because people saw an escape from their real world problems and could fantasize about the perfect worlds and characters brought to them by comic writers that kept both the reader's entertainment in mind as well as implementing issues in the world for people to see that it was possible after all to overcome them.
Superhero Score:
Captain America 38%
The Punisher 38%
Wonder Woman 37%
Batman 33%
Superman 27%
Wolverine 26%
The Hulk 25%
Spiderman 19%
Captain America
The Punisher
1.
The word that means seeking relief or distraction from unpleasant realities often by engaging in fantasy?
Hella handsome
Loyal
Kind
Selfless
Good moral sense
Fights for what he believes in
Hella buff
2.
What age of comics took place alongside the Great Depression?
3.
Which superhero is considered the first one to be introduced in the US?
4.
What's the title of the comic book that he debut in?
5.
True or False: Comic book writers wrote comics solely for the purpose of entertaining people.
6.
Superman's motto in his first comic was "champion of the _________."
7.
True or False: Superman was seen as a villain to provide a scapegoat for people around the world for the Great Depression.
To be continued
8.
Which character do I resemble more, Captain America or The Punisher?
9.
What is the most important trait that I share with Captain America?
10.
True or False: The Punisher is a nice guy who likes to talk bad guys out of doing bad things nicely.

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