Comic books have been popular since its inception. The publications provide excitement, wonderment and mystical knowledge to the reader. Comic books are traditionally read by teenagers and comic book enthusiasts who have been enjoying since they have been in print. The invention of the modern comic book started in 1933 but the resurgence of the comic book phenomenon starting in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Silver Age of comic books began in the mid-1950s and early 1960s, when many cartoonists began incorporating more superheroes into each publication. DC Comics created a variety of superheroes that are still popular and a fixture in American Comic Book history, to this day. DC Comics created Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Nightwing and Flash. Superman was featured in a comic book after having a successful run on the 1950s cartoon, Adventures of Superman. Writer and Editor Stan Lee created the Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics.
Stan Lee, along with artist Steve Ditko created one of the most popular comic book characters, Spiderman. Spiderman was first introduced in 1962, in the comic “Amazing Fantasy.” With the creation of Spiderman, it was the first time a teenager was portrayed as the superhero. Teen readers enjoyed reading about Spiderman’s adventures. Spiderman was featured in many comic book series for Marvel Comics, with “The Amazing SpiderMan” being the first and longest-lasting.
Some of the artistry in older comic books can now be seen in some of the best graphic novels. Graphic novels, as well as fantasy books have taken a page from comic books, in terms of structure of content and design. Comic books have influenced many different forms of literature.