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Comics and graphic novels

A: Comics – introduction

Comic books have been in existence since the late nineteenth century, but did not become a mass-market production until the 1920s in Japan and the late 1930s in America. Comic books evolved out of the comic strips usually reproduced in newspapers and generally featured “a narrative told by way of a sequence of pictures, a continuing cast of characters from one sequence to the next, and the inclusion of dialogue and/or text within the picture” (Horn 1:56). Early comic stories included topics such as mystery/detective, adventure, and romance and were aimed more at children and juvenile audiences. The introduction of Superman in the first issue of Action Comics in June 1938 led the way for other ...

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