Thursday, April 28, 2011

A history of comic books

This is fun. There are indeed great moments in comicdom, for instance the first appearance of Superman, the first sidekick (Robin), the first Marvel mix and match of good-bad guys (the Hulk). It's also a great trip down nostalgia lane. 'Sure, it may seem silly, but, comic books mean something. Soldiers used dog-eared copies of Captain America to keep their spirits up in WWII. The Green Lantern and Green Arrow made kids actually think about issues like racism and heroin. And millions gasped when they heard the news that Superman died. In fact, the vibrant medium is so often pegged as children’s pulp, or fun for the feeble-minded, that people tend to forget that comics have actually grown with and continued to reflect the spirit of our times.' More...

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