Comic books were started by a company called Eastern Color Printing Company whose publisher, Max Gaines (father of Mad Magazine founder William Gaines!), decided to collect reprints of comic strips from the newspapers (often called “funnies”) and put them into book form. The first such comic book sold was called Famous Funnies #1, in June 1934. Each page featured one page from a newspaper.
What is this blog? I’m going to explore how comic books evolved as a medium since their early beginnings with a focus on superheroes.