A Short Introduction To The Comic Books And Their Origins

Comic Books Origins

Comic books, often referred to as comics or comic magazine is a kind of narrative art consisting of several individual picture magazine or independent distributors of books, often accompanied by dialogue (often appear in speech balloons, whereas symbol “speech balloon” has almost become a comic book), also includes a narrative prose. Is a kind of both the art of painting, drama and writing art and the art of design art. In the history, the first comic book came from the United States in 1934, a book replica of the early newspaper comics, which established a number of cartoons used in the narrative means.

The origin of the term “comic book” (Comic, in the English original “comedy”) is a humorous comic book, although the use of this name, but comic books do not have to take a humorous style ; Most modern comic books are of different styles: Japanese and European cartoons are the best proof. In the United States, superhero types dominate the market, even if other types of comics still exist.

Cartoon Series

Long seen the cartoon series for children and young people as the lowest kind of commercial trash culture and comics ported libraries. Today’s new series for young people is published by the publishing house and now comics are entering schools.

In recent decades, the comic lost ground, but now runs for a comeback in book form. It is an expression of how the perception of comics has changed.

Revolution consists much in that we see the series as high culture. Comics are for children who may be learning, and they get to see a comic book the same as an “ordinary book”. But comics can take place among children’s books and picture books and must not stand on its own shelf, but among youth literature, say both cartoonists and teachers.

Already in the 50’s, it was signaled that comics were dangerous for young people. From the United States came the alarm about how the series inspired violent crimes and Europe broke in a debate on what was called range misery. It continued into the political 70s when children’s culture would be edifying.


It was felt that the comics were dehumanizing, brutalizing and created illiterate. People felt that the language was worse and comics were full of simplifications of reality and full of violence. Comics were banned in libraries and schools in several European countries. They are still fairly uncommon in schools and it is a residue of this idea that the comics are somehow not good enough for our children and young people.

Can they promote reading?

But when the children’s institutes now organize seminar readings, we can see the comic books as potential promoters of reading among children. And the comic book publishers started developing teaching materials for schools.

Teachers think it may be a response to it. The strength of the comics is that there are so many different angles. The format with images that support the text, and not least when it comes to the love of reading.

It was important that there is a long-term initiative that is not about any specific comics, but we believe that through this project we can help get the comics on the agenda. And at least we hope that schools can open their eyes for the comics and that it will eventually benefit not only the publishers but also cartoonists.


So in 60 years, the comics have gone from banned junk culture to a possible answer to the schooling system. Although a series of fans raise mixed feelings.

It may not be that you consider the comics as a gateway to the “real” books – the comics are real books. And we also think that when people talk about promoting comic books reading, you have to ask what you mean by reading? When reading an image is that okay? Comics don’t have many words – it also counts as reading? Comics shall be read, but then children should read based on their own quality.

Mark Clamberg

Hey, my name is Mark. I am an avid comic book reader and writer and I've created this website in order to connect with other people who share the same passion.

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