Thinking of a blog topic for this entry was certainly a daunting task. We have covered a lot of different characters, issues, movies, and even companies that exist in the world of comic books. We have discussed sidekicks, villains, and actors portraying two different heroes on the silver screen. We have discussed costume changes and possibly sexism that exists in the comic universe. The vastness of the comic book world makes it hard to cover every topic that there is. Even Wikipedia doesn’t have a full page for every single character that exists. It is a money making machine and in some cases a fond childhood memory. But it is more than just that.
Comics have been around since the turn of the 20th century and before, but they really became popular around the 1930s. The comic book as we know it today officially started in 1934. The comic book world has thrived and also suffered, just like any other media form (newspapers, magazines, TV), in its long history, but it has certainly held its own. The popularity of comics is what keeps it afloat in these turbulent times, along with one of the most loyal fan bases in the world. If you don’t believe that just attend a Comic-Con.
Comic books represent the triumph of good over evil in most storylines, but in the Modern Age of comics this is not necessarily the case. Comics can also offer storylines that are more realistic and more relatable. They include the gray areas that real life can be riddled with. Comic books have ceased to simply be childhood fantasies, but they now represent a legitimate faction of literature. They can be a tool to expressive artsy, poetic, deep, or thought-provoking storylines or visual effects. Not only this, but they have brought about endless amounts of television series and major motion pictures. The inception of the comic book has broken free from its pages and boomed into a billion dollar industry.
So when deciding what to write about the thought occurred: comics are simply comics. They are an American icon like hot dogs and baseball. They are our way of putting out literature and pop culture in the form of superheroes and villains. Sometimes we spend so much time riddled with life’s choices and struggles that we forget what is important in life. No, comics are not the most important thing in the world. Not even close to the fact. But they do bring important lessons to light. Be yourself, stand up for what is right, good will prevail, and many others lessons can be gained from comics. We may be in a time of utter chaos, but there are some lessons that many people still need to learn. While comics can’t do all of that, but they can certainly put someone on the right path.