Get in on the Action: National Comic Book Day!
Wednesday, September 21st – Ryan Winkler, Youth Services
Ahh, comics books. Who doesn’t love a good comic book? Whether you’re swinging through the streets of New York City, flying over the skyline of Metropolis, or driving down a dark alley of Gotham City; there is a comic book for everyone.
Comic books have been around for hundreds of years. When most people think about comic books, they think it’s meant more for little kids than people of all ages. Depending on your source, most believe The Yellow Kid in McFadden’s Flats is considered the first ever published comic book in 1897. It even included the phrase comic book on its back cover.
However, comic books didn’t become popular until the late 1930s until the debut of two of the most well-known issues in history. Those two comics, Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27, both introduced Superman in 1938 and Batman in 1939, respectively. Fast forward to the late 2010s Action Comics and Detective Comics released their 1,000th issue.
Comic books have also evolved from each issue having one story that wraps up nicely by the end of the book. Many now have long overlapping storylines similar to a tv show season. Some will even have a villain caught, captured, and jailed while the repercussions from his master plan are felt for the following 10-15 issues.
Some writers use comic books to work through their own emotions as a way of therapy. James O’Barr created The Crow as a way for him to deal with the death of his fiancée by a drunk driver. Popular screenwriter and comic creator Paul Dini wrote Dark Night: A True Batman Story based on an incident in 1993, in which Dini was mugged and nearly killed.
Then there is the reader. Some people read comic books not just for entertainment but as a way to escape. Some read them because they relate to certain characters. I personally can relate to Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Peter Parker would get picked on by the big tough bullies during school, but after school, when Peter puts on that mask and swings through the city, it is like he is a whole different person. People, myself included, have loved Spider-Man because he has trouble paying his rent. He was not the most popular guy in school and didn’t always get the girl. Readers have followed the web-slinger for so long because Peter Parker struggles with the same everyday issues as everyone else.
Whether you’re a faithful reader, someone who used to read and is just coming back into the fold, or a brand new reader of comic books, there is something for everyone to enjoy here at the library. My personal favorites are Spider-Man, Batman, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to name a few. Come by and check some out–or grab one off the shelf, have a seat, and read it here. You can also check out digital editions of lots of different comics from ComicsPlus using your library card. So stop by, check something out, or we can talk about some of your favorites. As the great Stan Lee would say: