Today is the day! The day that thin pages full of colorful pictures of super heroes, talking mice, and outer space adventures get honored!
I have never been an intense collector of comics. Now I live in a really small town where comics are not readily available, so it’s even hard now for me to be a part-time collector. With so many options available, I wouldn’t be able to pick just one to subscribe to. I tend to save my comic book purchases for when I happen to stumble upon a shop during a vacation… or when I’m at Comic Con!
At the Con I attended in Salt Lake City, I new I couldn’t leave there without actual comics. Not wanting to be left in the middle of a story, I tend to stick with graphic novel compilations. The book of choice that week? Superman Vs. Shazam!
Many people look to Frank Miller for their favorite comic book stories. So, being a Batman fan, I once purchased The Dark Knight Returns. I know I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t really like it. It was just too wordy and complicated! For me, I still enjoy Batman: A Death in the Family. The four-part story of the death of Batman’s sidekick, Robin. I enjoyed the epic Death and Return of Superman too!
Obviously I’m more of a DC fan than a fan of Marvel. I don’t have anything against them, they just don’t appeal to me in the same way. Too many real-world problems in the lives of Marvel characters.
We tend to think of comics primarily for the birth of superheroes, but there is nothing particularly comical about those comics! Several humorous comics are still being published, such as Archie Comics or Disney comics.
Apart from providing us with great Halloween costumes, comics provide young boys and girls (and some of us older boys too) with great escapism. We tend to see ourselves in the hero roles. Jerry Seinfeld said during one of his comedy shows, “When men are growing up and reading about Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman, these are not fantasies. These are options!”
Another important gift the comics have given us is the super hero movie. Recently, Marvel has taken their characters worlds and blown them up into the mega-sized Avengers franchise. More than just a way for Stan Lee to get acting gigs, these movies are well-made blockbusters that open up the Marvel universe with each new installment! DC is now trying the same thing with their plans for a Justice League franchise. How many decades do we have to wait for a crossover? If you’re a fan of the movies too, come back tomorrow when I reveal my top ten comic book movies!
What about YOU? Who are YOUR favorite comic book characters?