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BY Bob McLoad

Comic Books: A True American Art Form


 

Comic books are one (1) of the five (5) true American Art Forms. Though the origin of comics strips dates back in further (even in japan), they way American’s transformed it from the newspaper funny pages to a magazine is how it became a new style. First to take advantage of this style was the Pulp fictions magazines. But it wasn’t until the modern comic book featuring a superhero, was when it became an American art form. It doesn’t matter if you call it a comic book, graphic novel, or magazine. It will always be a book designed by an artist; usually drawn by hand. Comic books are designed in the form of sequential panels. Each panel represents separate parts of the story. Unlike normal novels that uses words to describe the story. Comics tell their stories with art visually showing us the scene and bubbles with words for a small saying or narration. Comic Art has also evolved over time as well. As technology has advance, so has the details of the artwork on the books. Most books know don’t even have cartoon style characters. By looking at the cover, most fans can tell who were the Artists who drawn it.

Vieuxbois Topffer

Vieuxbois Topffer - Picture from Wikipedia

Small History About The Orgin Of Comics


 

The Comic was first Print in 1837 by Swiss writer and artist Rodolphe Topffer. It was later publish in England as The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck in 1842. The way this book was made, became the format of all other future comics to follow. It was printed in hardcover. But still consider to be by most experts as the first comic printed.

 

Dell Publishing's is credit in creating the first American comic book. Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics in 1936. This format became the first true American comic book printed. It was this book, that made it become a real American art form. The first ever modern American comic book. In 1929 they published a 16-page newspaper insert style format title, The Famous Funnies. The official name of a newspaper's comic strips. This evolved to the later version in standalone book in 1936. Soon, the pulp book's followed. Hero's that fought against of evil, crime, and injustices to mankind.

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Famous Funnies - Picture from Wikipedia


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The DC Rises


In 1934, The National Allied Publications was started. The first company to create and publish monthly series, ongoing, superhero genre comic books. Unlike other comics, these characters had powers and abilities beyond the normal human limitation. Following three years later in 1937, Detective Comics Inc. (DC) comics was born. While both companies created popular titles, they began to branch out for other popular characters. In 1946 both companies officially merged and became National Comics Publications, Inc. But the DC logo were already placed on the comic books since 1940. National continued to merged with smaller publishers, increasing their character portfolio size. Finally, after forty (40) years of the national name. DC Comic's became the official company’s name in 1977. By then, DC had unified their characters into one universe. Superman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Shazam had one Home.

 

In 1938 Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Superman created the first real known and iconic "Super Hero", Superman. Beginning the golden age of comics. Superman was not a man, but an alien with superpowers from another world.

Action Comics #1

Action Comics #1


 

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The Amazing Marvel


Timely Publications began in 1938. Releasing Marvel Comic #1 that same year. It's biggest Superhero in the golden Era was the stars and spangles himself, Captain America. Timely comics was a small part of the publication. They had popular titles but it was still no DC comic. From the 1950's to 1971, the company had change their name. Timely became, Atlas Comics, then Magazine Management Co., Inc.. Finally, they became Marvel Entertainment. But the comic books had the name marvel printed on them since 1961. The Marvel universe was born, with birth of The Fantastic Four.

 

 Stanley Martin Lieber was just a kid when he first started to work at timely comics. You might not know him by this name, but you may know him as Stan “The Man” Lee. Lee had been doing jobs with timely since 1939. He aspired to be a writer, and even thought about leaving comic books behind, altogether. But in the 1960’s, he was asking to come up with an idea to compete with DC's Justice League. It was under his leadership with the legendary Artist talents of Jack “The King” Kirby and Steve Ditko, did Marvel truly make its mark. There were many difference in Marvel's hero’s then in DC. First, Marvels hero’s lived in a real City like New York. While DC usually created its own. e.g. Gotham City. Second, many of them had real problems. They not only had to save the day. But find a way to make it home before their curfew ends. Every hero created by marvel live in the same universe as well. This separated Marvel from other comics. The reader could now relate more to the hero. The Marvel Revolution had arrived

Marvel Comics #1

Marvel Comics #1


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The Image Revolt


Image comics is one of the world’s most popular companies, and the third biggest to date. Unlike Marvel or DC, Image creators keeps their comics and ideas ownership to themselves. Founded in 1992, Image was the brain child of the top artist of our modern era. Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, and Rob Liefeld. Upset that Marvel and DC took ownership of all their ideas. Especially to new character concepts. They could not draw what they desired to draw. They wanted more. They soon teamed up and decided to start their own company. This way, they didn’t have to give up the rights to the characters they created. They were an instant success. Till this day, most of their books are done by independent creators. Another thing about Image. They never follow the Comic Code. The old guidelines that a comic book had to obey, in order to be considered decent for people (Children) to read. Young Blood #1 was the first image comic printed

 

Six Orginal Studio

  1. Todd McFarlane Productions - Todd McFarlane
  2. WildStorm Productions - Jim Lee
  3. Highbrow Entertainment - Erik Larsen
  4. ShadowLine - Jim Valentino
  5. Top Cow Productions - Marc Silvestri
  6. Extreme Studios - Rob Liefeld

 

Today's Image is a little diferent then the one started by the orginal six (6). Leifeld left image in 1997. Lee sold his studio to DC comics in 1999. Kirkman is now a parthner. McFarlane's Spawn comics and Larsen's Savage Dragon comics are still printed as of today.

 

Current Studio

  1. Todd McFarlane Productions - Todd McFarlane
  2. Skybound - Robert Kirkman
  3. Highbrow Entertainment - Erik Larsen
  4. ShadowLine - Jim Valentino
  5. Top Cow Productions - Marc Silvestri
  6. Joe's Comics - J. Michael Straczynski's
Young Blood #1

Young Blood #1


 

Extra Material Came from Wikipedia, The World's biggest and Free Encyclopedia:


  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histoire_de_M._Vieux_Bois
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famous_Funnies
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_Comics
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Comics
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DC_Comics

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College classes about Comics do exist


 

There are many colleges now teaching Comic Books. And one (1) of the major Pioneers of the movement has been Professor Michael Uslan of the Indiana University Media School. He also has a course with the Smithsonian about Comic Book. I took the course, and I loved It. The course also has comic book icon and legend, Stan "The Man" Lee. It starts at different points of the year so go to edX.org and find out. You can also do it self-pace. It walks you're through The history and origins of the superheroes. How they evolution in American especially during wars and social changes.


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The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture
Sketch Cover

all 5 sketches

The Sketched Covers We Commissioned


 

During New York City Comic Con, Chaotic Soft represented by me (Abraham Martinez), commissioned Five (5) sketch cover. Four (4) are Black and White. One (1) is grey tone colored with Black in white. Each where done by some of the most talented artist you can find

 

Artist were:

  1. Mike S. Miller - Avengers V. X-men #16/2012
  2. Erik Larsen - Amazing Spiderman #1 6/2014
  3. Bob McLeod - Fantastic Four #1 5/2011
  4. Mark Texiera - The Incredible Hulk #1 12/2011
  5. Lee Weeks - The Incredible Hulk #635 10/2011

 

A Special Thank you to all these Gentleman. Who were kind enough to fit me in to their already busy schedule. And all knowing what the books would be for. Especially Mike Millers. For the Lithographs Gifts he gave to my nieces. These books were sent to CGC to be graded. Once they are returned. we will put them on sale for a Good cause. So check back on our store in November for further details.

Comics's are only for kids?!?


Know, if you think comics are only for children. Think again. They have transcended past just drawings on a page. For the last twenty (20) years, they have been setting records all over other media platforms as well. Hollywood alone has made billions off of our favorite childhood character.