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The History Of Comic Books

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Bailey Sanders

on 11 January 2016

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Transcript of The History Of Comic Books

Pulp Heroes
The Golden Ages of the Comic Book (cont.)
Summer of 1939 - Superman becomes first superhero to get a comic book specifically dedicated to his his adventures.
1939 - Marvel
first and longest
running character:
Prince Namor the
The Golden Ages of the Comic Book (cont.)
The Golden Ages of the Comic Book
Between 1938-1956
Bailey Sanders
The History Of Comic Books
Inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 through the 1950's
"Pulp" refers to the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed
Popular Pulp Heroes:
The Shadow
Doc Savage
The Phantom Detective
Typically costed 10 cents each.
June of 1938 -
The Emergence of Superman
May of 1939 - Detective
Comics Releases Batman
DC Universe
DC Universe
October 1939 - Marvel Comics #1 comes out
The Shield debuted in Pep Comics #1 in January of 1940
He served the basis for the hit comic, Captain America.
The first sidekick is born:
Robin the Boy Wonder
Hero that younger readers could look up and relate to.
Work Cited
"Creating the Superhero." <i>TheComicBooks.com</i>. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.
"Comic Book." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.
March of 1941
Special because he was never tested in any other comic book before receiving his own
Become very popular in World War II because he was fighting Nazis even before the attack on Pearl Harbor
After WWII...
Superhero comics became less popular and the industry downsized.

Other genres of comics and graphic novels have become more popular since then.

Modern Day Rivalry
While comic books are not as prevelant today as they were, the adventures of heroes have been and are being transformed into movies and television shows.
The two most popular comic book companies have sparked a rivalry between heroes for a never ending debate for "super"emacy.
Pictured: Diane Nelson, President of DC Comics
Pictured above: Stan Lee,
President of Marvel Comics
Stan Lee's Cameos in Marvel Movies
The price of singular comic books have also soared compared to earlier years.
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