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Comic Book History Faster than a speeding bullet more powerful then a locomotive Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound Look Up in the sky Its a bird Its a plane No its SUPERMAN is what people would hear before every episode of the Superman cartoon in the 60s Since the beginning of the 20th century comics have been part of our culture Over the years they have changed and have continued to show the world what one can do with just a little imagination Some people trace comics back to prehistoric paintings found in caves others trace them back to Egyptian hieroglyphics The truth is that no one really knows however we do know that our modern conception of comics is about as old as the motion picture The first true comic was created in 1896 when Richard Fenton Outcalt drew The Yellow Kid He is also the man responsible for creating the balloon a circle around a characters mouth with words in it that represented what the character was saying During comics first decade they were normally of humoristic nature which is where their name originated Other comics that came out are ones still heard about today such as Little Nemo in Slumberland Mutt vs Jeff Krazy Kat as well as Popeye which eventually turned into a cartoon and later in 1989 a live action movie staring Robin Williams It wasnt until the 1930s when we saw our first costumed character in The Phantom by Lee Falk and Ray Moore During this decade comics started showing adventures with titles like Flash Gordon Tarzan and Dick Tracy Dick Tracy would also like Popeye turn into a cartoon and then a movie starring Warren Beatty Al Pachino and Madonna With all these great characters comics would soon change to a completely different format known as superheroes In 1938 Action Comic 1 was released starring a new character known as Superman created by Jerry
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