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S Rhea

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Transcript of COMICS

From the newspaper to the books
The CCA and CMAA
Comics Become Popular
Comic Competition
Owned by Kevin Feige
Disney promotes them
Superheroes are "shining rays of hope"
Light-hearted characters and comic relief
Have popular characters on and off screen
Books and movies are very similar
Iron Man made $585 million
Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, and The Avengers were also successful
Has plans from now until 2018
Owned by Time Warner
Isn't separate like Marvel
Superheroes are flawed and more intense
Carry all weight on shoulders
Movies aren't very big
Don't have many on-screen appearances
Batman movies made $2.5 billion
Not many other successful movies
Planning to make Batman
vs. Superman movie in
By Sarah Rhea
Vol. I, No. 1
How Comics Began
How comics have evolved
Present Day Comics
After the "Silver Age" of comics in the 70's, they began being replaced by TV and radio shows. Recently though, comics have made a comeback.
Marvel Today
Created their own "Marvel Rating System" for comics
Created "MAX" for mature readers and "Marvel Age" for young readers
Have successfully launched TV shows such as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Agent Carter"
Have several successful movies like "The Avengers" and "Captain America"
DC Today
Have not recovered from the "death" of comic books
Are planning to start more movies based off of characters
Comics In General
Comic books (if rare) are very valuable
Are still relevant, but on screen, not in book form
Still included in newspapers

The Great Depression Era
Unemployed citizens needed something to do
To entertain children in poor families
Political and military comics originated in France and Great Britain
First newspaper comics came from the USA
Started appearing in newspapers under "The Funnies"
Unemployed citizens / poor families
Comics like "Tarzan" and "Little Orphan Annie" had become very popular in newspapers, so people took comics to the next level.
"Famous Funnies"
Created in 1934
Made by Max Gaines and Harry Wildenberg
Was the first comic BOOK ever
"Popular Comics"
Created by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson in 1934
Was much more famous than "Famous Funnies"
Gets most of the credit for "first comic book"
Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Founded "National Allied Publications"
Changed name in 1937 to
"Detective Comics" (DC)
Was one of the first comic companies

Marvel and DC have been among the top comic companies since their creation. So, what makes them so different?
"Timely Comics"
Established by Martin Goodman in
Located in NYC
Big rivals with DC
Changed name to "Atlas Comics"
Finally changed name to
in 1960
Comics get an upgrade
Superheroes are the biggest and most important part of a comic, so how exactly did they become popular?
People created them off of books
Made their way on to radio shows
"Phantom," created by Lee Falk, was one of the first superheroes
They represented justice in an unjust world
One of the most famous, "Superman," was created off of Jerry Siegel's daydreams in 1933, and sold to DC in 1938
Soon after came Batman, Sub-Mariner, Human Torch, etc.
Superheroes gave the readers hope, which made them popular
As WWII ended, juvenile delinquency rose, causing many people to believe comics were a bad influence.
CCA (Comics Code Association) was formed in 1954 to approve comics
CMAA (Comic Magazine Association to America) was also formed to set the comic standards
The CMAA Comic Guidelines
No crimes that create sympathy for the criminal
No disrespect for authority
Good always triumphs evil, and evildoers are punished
No lurid, unsavory, or gruesome illustrations
Seal put on approved comic books
The Affect On Comics
DC sold 15 million copies in 1953
DC sold 10.5 million copies in 1955
DC sold only 4.6 million copies 1957
The Aftermath (1950's and 60's, Cold War)
Comics forced to come up with new and appropriate characters
Became popular again during Cold War
Stanley Lieber
Was hired by Marvel Comics
Created "Captain America" and "The Fantastic Four" which boosted comic sales
Kicked off "Silver Age" (when comics became extremely popular)

noun su·per·hero \-ˌhir-(ˌ)ō, -ˌhē-(ˌ)rō\
: a fictional character who has amazing powers (such as the ability to fly)
Complex Question and Product
Complex Question: What could we do to make comic books popular again while sending a good message to readers?
Other Popular Brands
What Is a Comic?
4 or 5 panels
Spaces between panels represent pass of time
Is first drawn in pencil by
Is then filled in with ink by
places text boxes

comic strip
a sequence of drawings, either in color or black and white, relating a comic incident, an adventure or mystery story, etc., typically having dialogue printed in balloons, and usually printed as a horizontal strip in daily newspapers and in strips in Sunday newspapers and in comic books.
Dark Horse Comics
Image Comics
IDW Publishing
Aspen Comics
Vertigo Comics
AC Comics
Comic books have become less and less popular over the years. This may be due to a lack of relevance to the real world, because most superheroes and talking animals don't address real world situations. Maybe if comics began to include events in the real world, they might make a comeback.

"Sarah's Society Saver"
Comic about real-world events/issues
Each issue has a different character from all over the world
Includes the essentials for a comic: eye-catching colors, good guys and bad guys, and a plot line


"DC Comic Characters." DC Comics. Warner Bros Entertainment, n.d. Web. 22 Jan.
2015. <http://www.dccomics.com/characters>.

"The 50 Greatest Comic Characters." Empire. Empire, n.d. Web. 9 Feb. 2015.

"The History of DC Comics." Comics Press 101. BBC News, n.d. Web. 4 Feb. 2015.

Krensky, Stephen. Comic Book Century: The History of American Comic Books.
Minneapolis: Twenty-First Century, 2008. Print.

Lew, Tiffany. "Marvel Vs. DC: What Makes Them Different and Which Is Better."
Movies Cheat Sheet. Cheat Sheet, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.

"Marvel Comics History and Marvel Comics Background." World Collectors Net.
World Collectors Net, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.

Top 10 Comic Characters of All Time!
1. Superman (DC)
2. Batman (DC)
3. John Constantine (DC)
4. Wolverine (Marvel)
5. The Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel)
6. Sandman (DC)
7. The Joker (DC)
8. Magneto (Marvel)
9. The Thing (Marvel)
10. The Hulk (Marvel)
Fun Facts!
"Wonder Woman" was the first comic to star a female!
Deadpool #27 set the Guiness World Record for the most number of characters on a comic book cover with 232!
Superman is a vegetarian!
(and Villains)
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