Tips for Better Understanding Comics

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These days, comic books are more popular than ever. For many years, they were seen as “kid stuff” or dismissed as nothing more than crude, violent stories about men in colourful tights. Today, however, comic books are becoming big business and sell millions of copies every month.

If you go to a movie theatre these days, you’ll see how popular comic books are. Every summer, there are big-budget Hollywood movies that come out. Some of these movies are based on comics from Marvel or DC. The most popular movies of all time are based on these characters, such as the different “Batman” movies and the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” films.

Both Marvel and DC are planning to produce dozens more movies over the next decade. They will use various characters that include:

  • Spider-Man;
  • Superman;
  • Green Lantern;
  • The X-Men among others

To really get the most from these films, it can help to have a grasp of the source material. However, for many people, understanding comics can be difficult. Part of the difficulty comes from the fact that comic books are really a distinct form of art. Instead of just being stories with pictures, they are a unique art form that has its own rules and structures. You have to know about these if you really want to be able to get the most from reading a comic book.

One of the best ways to learn more is simply to read as many comic books as you can. However, it is a good idea to not just read new titles. Instead, take some time to dip into the rich history of the genre and read classic titles from the 1950s, 1960s and so on. You can even go back farther and read titles from the early days of the ’30s and ’40s.

This does not mean that you have to dip into your savings and spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on valuable old comics. An original copy of some of these titles can set you back quite a bit. But fortunately, all of them are available in affordable reprints virtually. There are many volumes that collect runs of issues from different titles that you can buy for $10 to $20.

You can also read comics online these days. There are services offered by major publishers, such as Marvel and DC. They give you access to tens of thousands of back issues of many of their most popular titles. You can read these on your computer or you can access them on a tablet. This makes it easy to catch up on your favourite characters.

In addition, these services often let you read new issues as well. However, you may have to wait a month or two for each new issue to be available. A title will usually go on sale in print before it is made available online to encourage people to buy new copies.

As you can see, understanding comics makes reading them a lot more fun. So, keep this information in mind as you venture into the world of comic books.