September 25 is a special holiday for many in the United States; it is National Comic Book Day. This unusual holiday is celebrated by comic book fans in different ways such as sharing a comic book with a friend or reading a comic book to a youngster who may enjoy an adventurous reading.
The original creation of comic books dates back to 1929 when Dell Publishing put out their first comic book, a 16-page newsprint of original strip-style frames called The Funnies. The Funnies were originally a short lived newspaper style tabloid insert, according to the Library of Congress. Dell Publishing began a re-publication of The Funnies in 1936, this newsstand comic book that historian Ron Goulart accounts to being “more a Sunday comic section without the rest of the newspaper than a true comic book” is still considered the first comic book of its kind.
Comic books printed in 1933 were considered a magazine and the format included action panels in a sequence that tell a story in comic script style. Each individual screen held a descriptive prose or narrative that accompanied it and wasn’t necessarily comical or funny in nature.
In 1938, superhero action became a hit in Action Comics and included the debut of Superman who is believed to be the first comic book superhero of the day. This genre is the most popular and widely loved of fans today with many movies made from comic books from this era.
After WWII comic books took on many genres such as western, funny animals, romance and humor and for decades comics have entertained people of all ages and are quite the collectible item. Collectors use a system of grading for their comic books and tuck their collectibles in see through plastic bags and use backing boards to protect against bending to keep these valuable magazines maintained in comic book quality and condition.
Comic book fans selected the top 75 Marvel top stories of all-time and are ranked on Marvel.com; which superhero made the number one spot our of all Marvel comic books? The answer will not surprise you, especially when Marvel spins a great web of adventure for comic fans.
There are many things anyone can do to spread their comic book love, but giving one as a gift is a great way to start. One can visit a comic book store online or locally to enjoy their favorite comics. Rumor has it if you personally visit the right one you may receive a free comic book on this special holiday.
In Ohio, fans can visit the Comic Shop Plus, 235 S 21st Street, Newark, it is the only full line comic retailer in the country. There website offers comic book forums for avid fans to share information and ask questions about comic books.
The Pull list
There are many comic book trends sweeping the country, here are a few eye-catching crafts and ideals for everyone who love superheroes or other comic book styles.
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- Make your own comic book style shoes.
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