Most Famous Comic Book Heroes

spawnComic books aren’t as popular as they used to be nowadays but superhero creator companies can still use their fame and keep them alive. Although these comic book characters even doesn’t exist in real life, their fame is enough real to make real big money in various industries. You can easily see a superhero anywhere. In movie theaters, toy shops, clothing stores, home textile shops, gift shops,fast food restaurants and list continues. I’m not a fan of any superhero myself but i would love to be creator of one to make big bucks. Check out 10 Most Famous Comic Book Superheroes below. Feel free to comment and share your favourite superhero with us.

 

 

 

 

 

10 – Spawn

 

Created by Todd McFarlane , Spawn is one of the longest-running and most-respected independent comic book character of all time. Al Simmons, once the U.S. government’s greatest soldier and most effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. But he made a deal with a demon to return to Earth, reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. A Hellspawn.

 

09 – Captain America

 

In World War II, patriotic solider Steve Rogers volunteered as a test subject for the “Super Soldier Serum” and became a living symbol of freedom. Timely Comics’ most popular character during the war, he was often depicted fighting the Axis powers. After the war ended, however, Captain America’s popularity waned. He was reintroduced during the Silver Age of comics, revived from suspended animation by the superhero team the Avengers. Captain America is also known for his shield, which is made of an indestructible vibranium/admantium alloy.

 

08 – Thor

 

The Norse god of thunder first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962) in a story scripted by Larry Lieber and written by Jack Kirby. One of several powerful ancient beings who dwell in a magical realm called Asgard, Thor boasts a relatively cool costume and a magic special hammer.A perennial member of the Avengers, Thor can summon the elements of the storm (lightning; rain; wind; snow), and after Odin’s death, he inherited his father’s awesome power, the Odinforce.

 

07 – Iron Man

 

A wealthy industrialist, Tony Stark suffered a severe heart injury when he was kidnapped by terrorists who tried to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction. Instead, he created a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. Tony would later use the suit to protect the world as the invincible Iron Man, a modern day knight in high-tech armor. Also he got really successful in Hollywood with 2 movies.

 

06 – Hulk

 

Supervising the trial of an experimental gamma bomb he had designed for the U.S. Defense Department at a nuclear research facility in New Mexico, Bruce Banner selflessly rushed onto the testing field when he noticed a teenager who had wandered into the blast zone. After shoving young Rick Jones to safety in a nearby ditch, Bruce was irradiated by the deadly gamma energy which transformed him into the living engine of destruction known as the incredible Hulk. The Hulk has been a large part of Marvel’s rise to stardom and fans all over have enjoyed the intense action and emotion that The Hulk exudes.

 

05 – Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is the World’s most well-known female superhero. She is based on the Amazons of Greek mythology, Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston as a “distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and s*xual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men.” She first appeared in All Star Comics #8 (December 1941). Wonder Woman is an inspiration to young girls everywhere (she can slug it out with any super villain), and Lynda Carter’s portrayal in the 1970s TV show inspired the imaginations of young boys everywhere as well!

 

04 – Superman
Without Superman, the first big comic book superhero, we might not have had Spider-Man, Batman, and the others. Created by Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist), Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938). He subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games. With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre. If he had a cooler costume, he might be #1 on this list. Still, it’s hard to argue with super strength, super speed, heat vision, x-vision, ice breath, the power of flight. He’s like every other superhero rolled into one.

 

03 – Wolverine

 

Next to Spider-Man, Wolverine is certainly one of Marvel comic’s most popular superheroes. Everybody’s favorite mutant, Wolverine has three retractable claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound given sufficient time. An antihero that sometimes resorts to the use of deadly force, Wolverine brings out the rebel in all of us. He first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #180 (November 1974) and later gained popularity as a member of the X-Men. He finally earned his own solo comic book in 1988 and has been portrayed by Hugh Jackman in the popular X-Men films.

 

02 – Spider man

 

Spider-Man is Marvel comic’s number one superhero, with legions of fans, blockbuster films, and many hot comics to read. He is created by Stan Lee (writer) and Steve Ditko (artist). Spiderman first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962). The bite of an irradiated spider granted high school student Peter Parker incredible powers. Like many heroes, Spider’s origin is steeped in tragedy (the death of Uncle Ben), but rather than brooding over his loss, Peter evolved into a trickster hero who often wears his foes down with corny jokes and one-liners. Spider-Man has spider like abilities including superhuman strength and the ability to cling to most surfaces. He is also extremely agile and has amazing reflexes.

 

01 – Batman

 

Batman is created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. He first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). After witnessing the murder of his parents as a child, young Bruce dedicates his life to protecting the citizens of Gotham City from criminals. Do you know why Batman is number one? The answer is simple. Unlike most heroes, he has no special powers and he still can beat anyone( Also Joker). He’s just a normal guy , like you and me, With his mind, and supercomputer in the Batcave, he has been able to solve many problems, from seemingly random attacks by the Joker to the toughest riddles of The Riddler. Batman character is a Money making machine. Just check out The Dark Knight’s success in box Office (Gross: $1,001,921,825 (worldwide) (1 December 2010).

 

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What is a Comic?

old-Superman-comic-cover-superman-84977_590_816The term, “comic,” has been used for many different things and continues to evolve to this day. But how do we define the “comic” terms? Here are a few of the formats defined:

 

Comic Book – A book of comics strips or cartoons, often relating a sustained narrative.

 

Comic Strip – A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humour or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions. This is what you would find in a newspaper such as Garfield, or Dilbert and what was originally referred to with the term, “comic.”

 

Graphic Novel – This thicker, and glue bound book is seeing a great amount of success today. This format has been used by some publishers to help distinguish the content from comics with more mature subjects and content matter. Lately, the graphic novel has seen a large amount of success by collecting a comic series, allowing purchasers to read a whole comic story in one sitting. Although still not as popular as the regular comic book, the Graphic Novel has been out pacing comic books in terms of annual sales growth.

Graphic novels are typically bound in longer and more durable formats than familiar comic magazines, using the same materials and methods as printed books, and they are generally sold in book stores and speciality comic book shops rather than at news stands. Such books have gained increasing acceptance as desirable materials for libraries, which were once ignored when titled or viewed as comic books.

The term is not strictly defined, though one broad dictionary definition is “a fictional story that is presented in comic-strip format and presented as a book”

 

Webcomics – (also known as online comics or Internet comics)  This term is being used to describe both comic strips and comic books that can be found on the Internet.

 

A “Comic” – A comedian

The Ages

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When talking about comic book ages there is always great debate as to when one started, one ended and the names, meaning and reasons behind the sub-ages that are used. You can only really generalise as to the exact date specifics as different run times and issues mix over years, so mix over ages. To say that when one issue is out one week is Golden Age issue, then the next week is Silver Age is bound to cause arguments in the comic world. When Golden Age comics were released they didnt know they were in the Golden Age at the time so didnt set dates.

 

1930-1950: Golden Age

Comic books blossomed into a distinct entertainment industry after 1938 when Jerome Siegal and Joseph Shuster created Superman, the initiator of the superhero genre that would remain the cornerstone of the comic book industry. When DC comics introduced Batman in 1939, it eventually pushed out the “crime” and “detective” stories from DC’s title. The popularity of the superhero in the 1930s led to the creation of other characters such as Wonder Woman, Captain America, The Flash, and the Green Lantern. Marvel comics introduced enduring characters such as the Human Torch and Captain America. In terms of style and technique, Will Eisner’s work on his masked detective series The Spirit adapted many film techniques to comic books and developed much of the storytelling grammar still used in comic books today. For example, unlike the short daily strips and fixed perspective of juvenile comics, Eisner’s “cinematic” storytelling unfolded stories over several pages, using a montage of light and sound, dynamic framing, and vibrant colors.

World War II was a boon for the comic book, perhaps because it promoted two prevailing ideological visions of the time: New Deal-style social reform and WWII patriotism. The DC superhero comics tacitly stressed a common interest in public welfare and strong federal government. Marvel comics took up the cause of WWII patriotism in its creation of Captain America, showing Captain America punching Hitler in the face. In fact, the primary narrative convention of the Golden Age is the defense of the normal. But after WWII, the impetus driving the Golden Age fizzled, and the cancellation of Captain Marvel and Plastic Man (with the similar lighthearted approach to super heroics) effectively ended the Golden Age.

1956-1971: The Silver Age

After WWII, comic books lost readers and publishers alike due to lack of purpose, competition from television, as well as Senate investigations into the cultural influence of the comic book industry, particularly the influence of popular “horror” comic books. Perhaps most damaging to the comic book industry was Dr. Fredric Wertham’s book The Seduction of the Innocent which accused some comic books of corrupting the youth and inciting them to violence. In response to Wertham’s attacks, comic book companies created the Comics Code Authority as a way to self-police the industry and win back readers.

By the start of the 1960s, the industry showed further signs of recovery. Like the Golden Age, the Silver Age began with superhero comic books acting to convey the prevailing social ideology. But when that no longer appealed to audiences, the Silver Age comic book moved away from explicitly ideological texts. The superhero genre which had been used to build consensus and morale during WWII was now questioning America’s role as the world’s superpower, due largely in part to the public’s perception of the Vietnam War. Marvel comics further revolutionized the superhero by creating characters who had some kind of weakness or defect, such as the Hulk and Spiderman. They were persecuted and misunderstood outsiders and spoke directly to public disorientation. In response to DC’s Justice League of America, Marvel created the Fantastic Four. While these narratives still featured contests between good evil, those concepts are slightly complicated with the introduction of virtuous villains and reluctant, selfish, or bickering heroes. The end of the Silver Age can be marked by Steve Rogers’ abandonment of the Captain America identity as a reaction to the “Secret Empire,” a story line that was a fictionalized depiction of Watergate.

1971-1980: The Bronze Age

The Bronze Age is characterized by a shift from social issues to an emphasis on form and stylistic details. Comic books no longer looked through form to the ideals, values, and conflicts of society but began to look at the form itself. Motivated by persistent criticism that comic book art was not “great” art, comic book artists began to experiment with colour and page display. While the new emphasis on art won critical acclaim, the industry experienced a marked decline in sales. This was due in large part to archaic distribution practices. Comic books were still largely carried by traditional newsstands, but these traditional comic book venues were rapidly being replaced by chain stores. In an attempt to revise its marketing structure, the comic book industry formed the Academy of Comic-Book Arts (ACBA) and later the Comic Guild in hopes of achieving, as Stan Lee (the creator of Spiderman) states, “for comic books what Academy Awards do for motion picture”. These associations also hoped to gain the respect from the American public that comic books industries had in France and Japan while at the same time providing comic book writers with more benefits and job security.

While comic book sales continued to decline, DC and Marvel turned to licensing out their characters to television for revenue. DC enjoyed profits from Saturday cartoons such as Superfriends and Batman as well as the Wonder Woman series. TheSuperman movie starring Christopher Reeve also provided DC with revenue. Marvel licensed the Incredible Hulk series starring Bill Bixby and authorized the animatedFantastic Four series. Marvel also bought the rights to print Star Wars comic books.

1980-1987: The Iron Age

The Iron Age extends the Bronze Age’s emphasis on form and embellishes it to the point where form itself becomes the “substance” or “content” of the work. Indeed, in a sophisticated interplay of postmodern intertextuality and self-reflexiveness, many comic book heroes, such as Frank Miller’s Daredevil, began to question their own heroism and often seemed to have a tenuous grasp on their own sanity. In fact, heroes seemed to be the subject of comic book stories rather than the means to tell a story. Soon the Iron Age hero began focused on his own mortality. In fact, the Iron Age witnessed the death of numerous superheroes, including Captain Marvel, Batman (at least figuratively), and Watchmen’s anti-hero Rorschach. Superman himself died in Louis Lane’s arms in 1992. And in a move that completely wiped out all stories pre-1986, DC rewrote the history of its universe in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Perhaps most emblematic of the death of the superhero is the Iron Age’s self-proclaimed greatest success: Spawn, a corpse. During the Iron Age, the comic book genre turned on itself and nearly dismantled its own genre conventions.

While comic book heroes may have been experiencing their own existential crises, comic book publishers earned greater profits than ever before by raising the cost of comic books, distributing them to specialized comic book retail outlets rather than news stands on non-returnable basis, and targeting the loyal fan base over causal mainstream readers. The increased influence of this specialized market on the production and distribution of comic books indicated the extent to which comic books had become, in large part, the niche of a slightly estranged subculture.

1987-Present: Modern Age

By the end of the 1980s, the comic book industry seemed interested in reconstructing the genre that nearly deconstructed itself by emphasizing continuity from the Golden and Silver ages and reconstructing the mission convention that broke down in the Iron Age. Perhaps most importantly, the comic book industry began marketing new issues of comic books, such as Spiderman and X-Men, as future collector items. In fact, during the 1990s comics became top collector items, only less popular than stamps and coins. Even though comic books in 1990s had a smaller audience than in previous eras, this audience was willing to buy more and pay more.

In a major symbolic event for the American Comic Book Industry, Marvel became the first comic book publisher to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1991. Within just six months, an issue of Marvel’s X-Men sold a record 8.2 million copies. Marvel had grown into a multimedia entertainment company, and currently the superhero is the golden boy of Hollywood. X-Men (2000) earned  $150 million at the box office, and Spiderman, DaredevilThe Hulk and The Incredibles also pulled in hefty revenues (Coogan 2006). Advanced computer-generated imagery make superhero fights and powers look as fantastic and seamless as they do on the comic page. Clearly, comic books have once again emerged as a major force in a corporate-driven commercial culture.

 

Information courtesy of Random History

 

 

Comic Book History

cb1Comic books today cover a variety of subjects. There are horror, fantasy, sci-fi, crime, real life, and many other subjects that comic books cover. The subject most comic books have become known for is superheroes.

At its simplest, a comic book is a series of words and pictures that are presented in a sequential manner to form a narrative that may or may not be humorous. Comic books today cover a variety of subjects. There are horror, fantasy, sci-fi, crime, real life, and many other subjects that comic books cover. The subject most comic books have become known for is superheroes.

 History

The origin of the word Comic book comes from the comic strip which generally ran in newspapers. Some argue however, that the comic in its purest form has been seen in early cultures, such as Egyptian wall art and prehistoric man cave paintings. The word, “Comics,” is still associated with both comic books, comic strips, and even comedians.

According to many experts, the precursors to modern comics were the satirical works of artists like Rudolph Töpffer, Wilhelm Bush, Christophe, or Angelo Agostini (first Brazilian comic artist).

The 1895 “Yellow Kid” created by Richard Outcault has often been cited as being the first ‘real’ comic strip. The reason being is that Richard Outcault was the first artist to use the balloon, an outlined space on the page where what the characters spoke was written. However, comic strips and comic books were published before “Yellow Kid” debuted in the New York City newspaper “The World”.

Comic books were first introduced in America in 1896 when publishers started producing collected groups of comic strips that where found in newspapers. The collections did very well, and prompted the publishers to come up with new stories and characters in this format. The reused content from the newspapers eventually gave way to new and original content that became the American comic book.

A typical comic book contains everyday language, slang, and idiom, as well as colour and a sophisticated interplay between text and image—all serving a therapeutic, explanatory, and commercial purpose in American culture. Traditionally occupying the fringes of pop culture, the comic book is actually a valuable historical text that comments on how young people and adults alike identify with cultural and political issues. As such, a comic book is much more than just a series of words and pictures with marginal cultural importance.

Everything changed with Action Comics #1. This comic book introduced us to the character Superman in the year 1938. The character and comic was extremely successful and paved the way for future comic book publishers and new heroes such as we have today.

Since the 1960s the comic book industry has been dominated by the two major publishers of superhero books—Marvel and Detective Comics (DC). DC’s official name for almost 50 years was National Periodical Publication; Marvel was known as Timely Comics from 1939 to about 1950, and then as Atlas Comics for much of the 1950s.

Many comic book fans often use the concept of “ages” to distinguish periods of comic book history that share concerns, storytelling techniques, marketing strategies, styles of art and writing, and approach to genre conventions (Coogan 2006). These ages can roughly be distinguished as the Golden (1938-1956), Silver (1956-1971), Bronze (1971-1980), Iron (1980-1987), and Modern (1987-present).