Four Comic Books That Matter
I feel so out of my element here.
Me telling you about comic books that matter is like Justin Bieber offering his take on rock and roll. I should probably stick to normal books and Justin should probably stick to bubble gum pop music. Sorry, that was a blatant shot on a 14-year-old boy. I’m awful.
But here I am, about to tell you four comic books that matter. Before I start, I’ll tell you that I did a little research on this one, as my first instinct was to simply list Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and….um, maybe Captain Universe?
Anyway, as I’ve repeatedly said since I started reading Watchmen, I’m pretty much an idiot when it comes to superhero knowledge. That said, here goes…
Superman: So this one is obvious right? Action Comics #1, featuring Superman, debuted in 1938. A clean-cut dude with gelled hair, blue tights, and a red cape throws cars around and makes life suck for criminals. Thanks to this comic, Dean Cain had a career.
The Yellow Kid: This comic goes back to 1896. The Yellow Kid is no superhero, nor is he a hero. He’s just a short, bald kid with big ears and a jacked-up smile in a yellow night shirt. I’m not sure why this was so interesting, but the Yellow Kid was the first commercially successful comic. The kid was featured on t-shirts, gum wrappers, etc.
Batman: I include Batman because he’s my favorite superhero. In fact, the Batman comic was the only one I ever really had much interest in as a kid. I love the fact that Batman doesn’t have any goofy powers. He’s a human with a propensity to make really cool gadgets. Maybe Batman was the first technology geek. And, yeah, Robin sucks.
Maus: Published in 1986, Maus was the first comic book to win the Pulitzer Prize. I read part of this story in college and remember how powerful it was. The story, written by Art Spiegelman, is based on the Nazi persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust. Jews are represented as mice, while Germans are represented as cats.
So these aren’t necessarily the “best” four comics, but they are four comics that made an impact.
Agree? Disagree? What’s a comic that you think had more of an impact?