The History And Origins Of The Comic Books

The Ancient “Comics”

The origin of comics is attributed to ancient times. Pictures found in ancient graves 3400 years ago depict scenes of harvesting and processing of grain. Also, scientists found similar old drawings made with Japanese ink.

The history of America, as it turned out, is also described in comic books. From them, we can learn about the life of people under the rule of Hernando Cortes. During this period comics began to be supplemented with signatures.

The first comic books found in Europe described the conquest of England by Norman in 1066. Pictures and texts on them have already been combined. So the comic books date way back than anyone has ever imagined.

Since the beginning of the 12th century, monks in Japan have been keen on drawing pictures on paper rolls. Then since the 19th century, notebooks with funny and popular stories have become widespread. There were also the religious stories, often reflected in drawings made on stained glass panes of cathedrals.

The Modern Comics

Rodolphe Töpfer, together with McCloud, the father of modern comics, in the middle of the 19th century was the first to use the method of drawing a picture into a frame and combining drawings with text.

In Japan in the same period, magazines with cartoons are becoming very popular. Kitazawa Rakiten and Okamoto Ippey became the first known artists of Japan to create a whole series of short comic books.

Thanks to Japan, comic books began to be printed in the US newspapers. In Europe, comics developed in booklet format. Long stories were created with a branched outline. World War II had an impact on the development of comic books. There was a division of the creators of comics into individual authors – the artist and the writer.

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World War II had an impact on the development of comic books. There was a division of the creators of comics into individual authors – the artist and the writer.

After the war, comic books actively developed in Japan. Then in the 90’s Japanese comics Manga became widely known outside of Japan. Osamu Tezuka made a significant contribution to the development of the style of Manga. Comics have become very popular among both men and women of all ages. In the 90’s.