For those of us who are avid readers but also enjoy illustrations, comic books are the perfect combination of the two. Whether you prefer the action-packed stories of Batman, or the moral lessons found in Disney adaptations, there is a comic book for everyone.
The first comic books are believed to originate from Japan during the 1700s. The stories were printed on woodblock booklets and often relayed shorter versions of folk tales and legends. On occasion, they even depicted historical moments.
The “Golden Age” of comic books in the United States did not occur until the 1930s, where comics developed the structure we are familiar with today. From there, the “Silver Age” came about in the 1950s with the debut of the Flash, and an interest in superheroes. This secondary period consisted of the introduction of Marvel characters who had superpowers but were still relateable to the reader, such as Spider-man, and lasted until the early 1970s.
Although they are less defined, the last two eras of the comic book timeline are the “Bronze Age,” which lasted about from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s, and the “Modern Age,” which began in the mid-1980s and applies to the present era of comic books. Today, we have the privilege of being able to download mobile comics straight onto our phones and computers, which separates this era from the others in terms of print production.
Comic book collecting is a huge pastime all over the world, with collectors competing to find rare copies of first editions or editions with misprints. These unusual finds can cost thousands of dollars, and the most a comic has ever sold for was a record of $3.2 million! To no one’s surprise, it was for an edition called Action Comics #1, which featured the first appearance of Superman.
For those looking to collect, The PAST Antique Marketplace at Nature’s Art Village has a giant assortment of classic comic books to choose from. Come visit us on Route 85 in Montville to check out what other treasures we have to offer!