History of Comics
Everything has a history, an origin, a beginning. Do you know that comic strip? Many people, and specifically historians, are increasingly asking this question. As you would have noticed, the comic has had a global impact. It is widely distributed and is present in all libraries. Our goal is to shed some light on the history of comics.
The year of creation of the first comics
To begin with, We will take the Swiss Rodolphe Töpfer. It all started with him. He is indeed the first to tell stories by putting legends in the drawings they made. This appeared in the year 1827 in the story of M. Jabot. The development of comics was exclusive in the 19th century in Europe and the United States. She appeared in Europe in the children’s press. But in the United States, this appeared in the daily newspaper still called ” comics trips.”
The first real comic as we know it today (with dialogue bubbles) was released in 1896. It’s called Yellow Kid. A little later, there was the comic Bécassine in the week of Suzette. It was founded in 1905 and was a great success. In 1908, there was the first release of the albums Pieds Nickelés. It includes the Great American comic-book heroes of the 1930s who are Flash Gordon, Mickey, Mandrake or Popeye.
We all know the Great American heroes. Their comics arrived in Europe before the Second World War. We have, in particular, Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, etc.at the same time, there was the creation of Tintin by Hergé, one of the most collected comics in France and Belgium. We note his appearance (the comic of Tintin) in Belgium in the year 1929 in the weekly ” Le Petit Twentieth.” It was only in the year that she appeared in France.
The Golden Age of comics
A multitude of French-language authors set out to create comics after the war. They enjoyed success with works such as Spirou’s diary or the pilot’s diary, which came out a little later. Among the successful actors, we have the Franquin (Gaston Lagaffe) without forgetting Goscinny and Uderzo who launched Asterix in 1961. The Adventures of Asterix were an immediate international success. This marks the beginning of the Golden Age of comics.
The evolution of comics began in the 1970s and 1980s. We note the creation of albums for adults as Corto Maltese, Rahan or Thorgal. They are often in a kind warrior or sci-fi. We then have the manga phenomenon that appeared in the 80s and 90s thanks to the Japanese magazine Akira. They are increasingly sought after by young collectors nowadays.
Here is the history of comics in a few lines. It is quite fascinating, and one could notice the redundancy from the beginning of the latter. From the Swiss creator to the Japanese, comics are known by all and has many successes. Whether you’re a child or an adult, you’ll find your entertainment department.