May 1st Free Comic Book Day

Always the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day was started by Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, California in 2001 but did not officially get recognized until 2002. It is recognized by the North American Comic Book industry and has over 2,000 participant retailers in some 30 countries. The day is organized by Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest Comic Book distributor in the world. I don’t know if you have seen any of the more modern comic books but they certainly are more graphic in every way imaginable. I’m not sure if this is good or bad, the art work is fantastic, the message is often a bit more than children need to know. however, I sort of assume comic books aren’t for children anymore anyway.

How to celebrate – Go to your local comic book store and if they participate get a free comic. Compare the old comic books to the new ones. See if you can create your own comic book.

September 25th National Comic Book Day

When I was younger I loved my comic books. Of course back then they were a little different than they are now. Okay, they were a lot different. We had Superman and Batman but they weren’t as popular as Classics Illustrated which were comic books but were historical in nature. They dealt with real people doing real things. I am not sure when all our kid’s heroes started becoming something they could never be or achieve, but they have. While comic books are still fun they are no longer educational and in some cases maintain adult content. So maybe comic books aren’t as big with kids anymore, maybe they are still being sold to us relics that never totally grew up.

How to celebrate – Read a comic book. See if you can find any of the old comic books. Start a comic book collection (it will be costly). Make your own comic book.

September 25th National Comic Book Day

Comic books officially got their start in 1933 when Famous Funnies came out. There were elements of the comic book printed in Japan in the 18th century and again in Europe in the 1830’s but it’s first actual recognition was the American contribution.

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I grew up on comic books, mainly the Classics Illustrated. These were comics based on novels or historical events, sort of a cliff notes for the real thing. I enjoyed them and learned a lot about history because most of them were accurate in the stories they depicted.

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My absolute favorite was one about a Sergeant serving in Europe during World War 2. It was fiction but I am sure a lot of what he went through was real to many.  Sgt. Rock again tried to represent things real people went through.

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Of course, most comics are about super heroes and monsters. Nothing wrong with that. I never really related to them because I knew man could not fly or see through walls, still they were (and are) entertaining and generally give us characters to look up to.

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However today, there are a lot of comic books that tell a different story. I am not sure what they are teaching the young but I have also found that the young don’t really buy comics all that much anymore anyway. 

How to celebrate – See if you can find a copy of your favorite comic book growing up. Read one of your kids comic books. Admire the artwork of a comic book, whether you approve or not it is quite good.

June 12th Superman Day

Superman Day June 12th, 2017

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One of the most beloved characters of comic book history is Superman, created by Jerry Siegel (The writer) and Joe Shuster (The artist) in Cleveland, Ohio in 1933. They sold their concept to DC comics in 1938 in time for Action Comics issue #1.

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Superman was born on Kal-El, a planet made of Krypton making all the people their normal for their planet. When their world was ending because of war, Superman’s father sent him in a rocket to earth so at least one from the planet could survive.

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On earth, Superman (Better known as Clark Kent) had powers beyond the imagination and was only vulnerable to Kryptonite which made him once again no more powerful than a normal human. The “Man of Steel” lives on today in comics, film and television.

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How to celebrate – Watch a Superman movie. Buy a Superman outfit and wear it out in public. Try and find some original comics, they are worth a small fortune.