History of comics

Superheroes got their start in the pages of the earliest comic books. Scholars believe the oldest comic book in the world is The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, which was published in Europe in 1837.

The medium was initially developed through comic strips in daily newspapers. … The true comic book, published independently of a newspaper, appeared in 1934.

 The period from 1938 through the mid-1940s represents the peak of comic book popularity. Whereas current monthly sales of popular comic book titles hover around 100,000 copies, in the early 1940s Superman, Batman and Captain Marvel titles each regularly sold in the range of 1.5 million copies per month.

Graphic novels contain complete narratives, whether or not they are part of a larger series. Comic books contain excerpts of serialized narratives.

Panels are often accompanied by descriptive prose and written narrative, usually, dialog contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form. Although comics has some origins in 18th century Japan, comic books were first popularized in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 1930s.

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