How Did the Comic Book Get It's Start?

Written by Dave Gieber

The origins ofrepparttar comic book are somewhat controversial and perhapsrepparttar 134980 jury is still out. So lets go back torepparttar 134981 cartoonish broadsheets ofrepparttar 134982 Middle Ages, which were parchment products, created by anonymous woodcutters. As mass circulation of these broadsheets became possible, they soon developed a market, particularly at public executions, popular events for centuries (ugh), which drew thousands of happy spectators. Many of these spectators would invest in an artist's rendering of a hanging or burning, and thus making a very lucky day forrepparttar 134983 broadsheet seller.

The broadsheet evolved into higher-level content as humor was introduced. Eventually, all types of broadsheets emerged, which were eventually bound in collections,repparttar 134984 prototype ofrepparttar 134985 modern magazine. Magazines formatted likerepparttar 134986 popular Punch, an elegant British creation, becamerepparttar 134987 primary focus of documentary accounts of news and events, fiction and humor. One can see in Punch,repparttar 134988 sophisticated evolution of a comic style, particularly in respect ofrepparttar 134989 evolution of comics in Great Britain. Still and all, from an historical standpoint,repparttar 134990 comic strip stood inrepparttar 134991 alley, waiting to be born. And then some say Great Britain's Ally Sloper's "Half Alley" wasrepparttar 134992 first comic book. This was a black and white tabloid that had panels of cartoons mixed with a sliver of news; circa 1884.

Now while all this was going on in Great Britain, this inching towardsrepparttar 134993 comic book, repparttar 134994 United States had its own brand of evolution. Instead of magazines, US newspapers tookrepparttar 134995 lead in creatingrepparttar 134996 comic book industry. Newspapers, with their first steps, took their single image gags and evolved them into multi-paneled comic strips. It was during this period that William Randolph Hearst scored a knockout withrepparttar 134997 Yellow Kid, which was actually printed in yellow ink.

Hollywood's Fascination with the Comic Book Superhero

Written by Dave Gieber

Movie production companies and TV have been creating feature length movies, movie serials and TV shows for years exploitingrepparttar public fascination with Superheroes. But as special effect technology and costume designs became better and better, Hollywood kicked it up a notch with feature-length high budget productions. Superman,repparttar 134979 Movie andrepparttar 134980 3 sequels started inrepparttar 134981 1970s andrepparttar 134982 '90s and beyond brought us Batman, The Hulk,repparttar 134983 X-Men andrepparttar 134984 now infamous Spider-Man, to name a few. Why all this interest in producing Superhero movies? Big bucks!! The two Spider-Man movies alone have netted about 800 million dollars apiece in worldwide ticket sales. That's not chicken feed. This kind of income could not be generated without an avid public interest in Superheroes. So if you feel you are alone in your voracious passion for your own comic book collection, think again.

And now a new twist has been added. Directors, screenplay writers, and even actors are writing for, of all things, comic books now. Big name Hollywood writers are helping to sell more comics. For example, Joss Whedon, perhaps best known for creating Buffyrepparttar 134985 Vampire Slayer, has written stories for Marvel inrepparttar 134986 series Astonishing X-Men. Back in repparttar 134987 90s, who would have known that all these fan boys had been hiding inrepparttar 134988 Hollywood woodworks waiting for comics to gain some cultural credibility?

If you haven't followed some ofrepparttar 134989 comic news ofrepparttar 134990 last several months, Stan "the

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