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Comic book

A comic book or comicbook, also called comic magazine or simply comic, is a publication that consists of comic art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by brief descriptive prose and written narrative, usually dialog contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form. Although some origins in 18th century Japan and 1830s Europe, comic books were first popularized in the United States during the 1930s. The first modern comic book, Famous Funnies, was released in the United States in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper humor comic strips, which had established many of the story-telling devices used in comics. The term comic book derives from American comic books once being a compilation of comic strips of a humorous tone; however, this practice was replaced by featuring stories of all genres, usually not humorous in tone.

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This is an early issue of the original Batman comics. It was released in September of 1952.

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Free Comics?

Free comics became popular in the early 1930's. This was mainly because of the Depression and deflation. It also kept the publishing presses running during hard times; shutting down and starting up the printing presses cost too much time and money.

Contributed by Taylor Jackson

Early Comic Books

The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck is one of the earliest known comic books. It was originally printed in England in 1837. Looks a little creepy to me.

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