Well, if this column’s title doesn’t win the award for “Overpromise of the Year”, I don’t know what will. But the truth of the matter is that from anyone’s own personal vantage point, we are all able to see the broad scope and history of this unique medium on any given trip to the comic store.
That’s certainly not the same for other arts. You can’t envision the history of cinema during a trip to your local movie theater. (Let’s assume that we all will be able to go to the movies again soon.). You can’t get a sense of the broad scope of music at one live concert. One might even argue that on any trip to a library, you can’t really get a sense of the history of publishing or of books.
But comics are different. The old and the new, the nostalgic and the cutting edge, all exist shoulder-to-shoulder at any comic shop or comic convention. (Again, let’s look forward to the time when we can all attend conventions again.)
Step One: New Fun
DC Comics just published a reprint of their very first comic: New Fun Comics #1.
My colleague Mike Gold wrote about this fascinating new book here. It’s an oversize reproduction of the 1935 issue that would become DC Comics’ first comic. It’s great fun and a virtual time machine you can hold in your hands. Continue reading “With Further Ado #113: The History of Comics in 3 Easy Steps”