How Did the Comic Book Get It's Start?Written by Dave Gieber
The origins of comic book are somewhat controversial and perhaps jury is still out. So lets go back to cartoonish broadsheets of 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 for 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, prototype of modern magazine. Magazines formatted like popular Punch, an elegant British creation, became primary focus of documentary accounts of news and events, fiction and humor. One can see in Punch, sophisticated evolution of a comic style, particularly in respect of evolution of comics in Great Britain. Still and all, from an historical standpoint, comic strip stood in alley, waiting to be born. And then some say Great Britain's Ally Sloper's "Half Alley" was 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 towards comic book, United States had its own brand of evolution. Instead of magazines, US newspapers took lead in creating 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 with Yellow Kid, which was actually printed in yellow ink.
Hollywood's Fascination with the Comic Book SuperheroWritten by Dave Gieber
Movie production companies and TV have been creating feature length movies, movie serials and TV shows for years exploiting 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, Movie and 3 sequels started in 1970s and '90s and beyond brought us Batman, The Hulk, X-Men and 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 Buffy Vampire Slayer, has written stories for Marvel in series Astonishing X-Men. Back in 90s, who would have known that all these fan boys had been hiding in Hollywood woodworks waiting for comics to gain some cultural credibility?
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