National Comic Book Day timeline
- Late 1960's
Underground comix developed
They reflected youth and drug counterculture
Marvel creates some of its major superheroes
Among them are the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man
It ushered in the Golden Age of comic books
First modern comic book released
It was called Famous Funnies
First prototype comic book released
It was called The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck
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National Comic Book Day Activities
Have your own Comic-Con
Can’t make it to your nearest Comic-Con? No problem. This September, invite your friends over to trade, display, discuss or even re-enact your favorite stories. And of course, don’t forget your costumes.
Create your own comic
If you’ve been reading comics your whole life, you may not even realize how familiar you are with their structure. Take some time to put together a storyline, invent some characters, and let your imagination run wild. If you’ve got a knack for illustration, go for it, or get together with a friend who’s already mastered that talent to help you complete it. Who knows, maybe the next Stan Lee is hidden in you, waiting to be let out.
Track down a collector's copy
The internet has completely changed how collectors procure their comic copies. Now, through message boards like Reddit, you can track down your unicorn far easier than ever before. Looking for a limited edition Shadow in mint condition? It’s out there waiting, you’ll just need to find it.
3 Facts You Need To Know About Comic Books
The Incredible Hulk was originally meant to be gray
Ink problems with printing created the mean, green monster as we know him today.
There was an actual comic book superhero named the Green Lama
He was a Buddhist whose powers included reincarnation.
Stan Lee got his start by writing obituaries
They were for celebrities in New York.
Why We Love National Comic Book Day
Who knew that a form of literature popularized in the 1930s would still be among the most widely consumed forms of media in the 21st century?
They’ve inspired record-breaking movies
For the last decade, movie adaptations of beloved comics have shattered box office records, and continue to do so. To date the batman reboot The Dark Knight trilogy has raked in nearly $2.3 billion, and Marvel’s Avengers series has made about $1.51 billion.
They help kids learn to read
While comics have historically been the villain when it comes to what kids should be reading, that’s all turning around. Parents have found that offering comic books to children makes them more interested in learning to read, builds reader confidence, improves vocabulary, and exposes them to real-life situations. Seems more like a superhero than a villain to us.
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