History of Comic Books

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The distribution, audience, narrative style, and dramatic content, of comic books were the direct descendants of the pulp magazine. They were called pulp magazine because they were printed on the cheapest paper for non-costly mass distribution, these publications were as old as newspaper comic strips. Pulp magazines can be traced to their Civil War-era ancestors, called dime novels. Unlike the funnies, pulp magazines styles were outside of the mainstream and featured adventure, fantasy, and suspense. In 1933, Harry Wildenberg and Max Gaines took the traditional comic and folded it in half and then created the first four-color newsprint comic. It would became the new format which is still seen in modern comic books still today.
The biggest rise in comic books was World War II, because the comic had two underling messages at the time that kept the industry alive: social reform and patriotism. The DC superhero comics implicitly stressed a common interest in public welfare and strong federal government all based its comics around the Social status of America at the time. While Marvel comics took up the cause of WWII patriotism in the early creation of Captain America, by showing Captain America punching Hitler. The biggest underling message of comics during the Golden Age is the defense of normal people and good citizens. After WWII, the energy driving the Golden Age died off, but that didn’t mean that the comic book industry was done creating new heroes or done expanding it
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