One of the glorified moments of the day was in the bright early hours of the morning. While the kitchen was filling with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, you could hear the sound of a crisp newspaper opening at the table. Inside was the magical musings of comic strips such as Blondie, Popeye and Peanuts. Originally, Comic Strips were politically charged until satire stepped into the spotlight. The “funnies” started small with quippy wit and a cartoon style. Writers inserted opinions and borderline humor on the happenings of daily life opening the door for future possibilities. According to the Comic Strip timeline, they increased visibility with consistently adding new characters and stories to tell. In the 1920s and 1930s, you could follow the engagements of famed detective Dick Tracy and the early sci-fi sentiments of the Princess of Mars along with hundreds of others depending on your local paper.
You could say comic Strips paved the way for a new style of storytelling. In 1933, the printing world welcomed “Funnies on Parade”. It was the first of an entirely new concept…putting the adored newspaper Comic strips into its own formatted publication. This sparked writers and illustrators into the thinking tank of their profession. Fresh designs and trendy characters were the buzz of the room. As time went on, Comic Books took on an identity of their own.
You can explore the imagination through colorful imagery that are brought to life by Comic Book writers. Opportunities to invite more than a chuckle was the addictive aspect of Comics. As drama and action followed humor closely, the pages filled with an entire plot. From the good guys to the villains, it became clear that this was just the beginning. One of the biggest leaps and bounds that turned Comics into a widespread phenomenon was the innovation of a Superhero.
Superman was on the forefront of the Superhero frontier. Saving the planet in true Comic color, we saw a universe forming that would export us into new realms. Superheroes were more than a compelling read, they also brought hope and dreams to readers. Before long, we had dozens of Heroes in our midst. Spiderman, Captain America and Batman seemed to captivate the minds of young children and adults alike. Powerful narratives and dialogue created a dynamic that soon evolved into a franchise.
Comic Strips to Books
Some newspapers have continued tradition with Comic Strips for avid fans. With full pages of Comic Books and the rise of media, Comic Strips have not seen the same following as they did in their heydays. Comic Books have seen a percentage of decline as the movement has met a modern future. Movies, television and videos have picked up on our favorites with a real life transition. The expansive Comic industry has been a part of all of our lives in one way or another. Most wanted to be a caped crusader when they grew up or simply enjoyed reading the different compelling series. As time goes by you can be assured, Comics will always remain a part of our day, our imaginations and a nostalgic part of history.