This holiday celebrates the art and science behind comic books while encouraging people to read them. The definition of a comic book is a book that tells stories through pictures or illustrations and text. Thoughts of the characters are presented in a speech bubble or balloon, and the story is usually divided into sequential panels and dialogs.
The earliest recorded comics can be traced back to 113 AD on Trajan’s Column located in Rome. Historians believe the first comic book ever published was in Europe in 1837. It was called The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck and was written by the Swiss writer, Rudolphe Topffer.
In the U.S., comic books had become a big business by the 1930’s. The late 1930’s and 1940’s was known as the Golden Era of comics. That time period saw a huge increase in the genre of superhero comics starting with the publication of Superman in Action Comics #1 in 1938. This period also saw the debut of Wonder Woman, Batman and Captain America. Superhero comics were not as popular during and after World War II. The Silver Age of Comics came about in 1956 when a more modern version of Flash made his debut. The Bronze Age of Comics began in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The plot lines included real world problems like corruption, environmental disasters and alcoholism and became darker. Comic historians sometimes call it the Dark Age of Comic Books, and this trends has continued in recent years.
- Have a favorite comic book character party. Have your guests come dressed as their favorite comic book character.
- Pick out a new comic book at your local comic book store.
- Share your favorite comic books with your friends.
Did You Know…
…the Incredible Hulk was originally drawn as the color gray by creator Stan Lee. The color was changed to green by Marvel, the publisher, due to printing issues.