In 1914, comic books were created for a naïve audience – children. As the idea of comic books flourished, publishing companies such as Marvel, DC Comics started becoming more popular. Marvel introduced superheroes like Superman and Spiderman while DC Comics introduced Batman and the Green Lantern. And now comics have spread to a huge landscape and every age group seem to enjoy them. And, now they’ve become a remedy for stress.
Blissful were the days when life was confined into the colorful stripes; after all of your imagination was restored into those sketches of your favorite strip. The only stress we ever had was to find out if our favorite superheroes were successful to beat the villain and save the civilians of the town. Listed below are some of the most loved comics of all times which will take back to your childhood giving you a relief from everyday stress:
1. The Batman series:
Batman has been featured in many ongoing series, limited series and graphic novels published by DC Comics. As a kid millionaire Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents being gunned down during mugging in Gotham city. He then, swore to dedicate his life for abolishing crime. Throughout the comics we can find batman, along with his sidekick Robin, has many enemies, the most popular being the Joker.
The comic “The Killing Joke” in the series explores the relationship between the batman and his foe Joker. Batman’s gadgets include Batarangs, Batmobile, or Utility Belt filled with high-tech weapons definitely puts us in jealousy.
The first issue of Archie comics came out in 1942 and since then Archie has been amusing its audience, especially the youth. And there’s a good reason for this. The youth could confide with the issues that Archie faced: relationship problems, drama, friendships, betrayal and you know the rest of it.
Set in the town of “Riverdale” this comic explores the relationship of some teenagers and every set has its own hilarious moments leaving the reader gay.
Bone originally serialized in 55 irregularly released issues from 1991 to 2004.
The story begins when the Bone cousins—Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone—are thrown out of Boneville. From there they’re caught up in events that lead them from their humble beginnings into a fight against the Lord of the Locusts, an overwhelming evil. With its simplistic art and dialogue, bone proved to be a best example of a best seller. It was well received by the critics as well as the audience.
4. All about Superman
This comic was penned down in 2005. Though the character is dated back to 1938, “All about Superman” written by Grant Morrison came out to be a love letter written for a superhero.
Giving a little backdrop to the story, superman was rocketed to Earth from the dying planet Krypton, he was found by a farming couple who named the boy Clark Kent and raised him as their own. Discovering his enormous powers, they instilled in him strong moral values—and inspired him to become a hero. He fights evil corrupt corporate tycoons. Superman has super-everything—strength, speed, flight, invulnerability as well as his renowned X-ray and heat vision.
The first issue of Spiderman strip was in 1962. Over the years it has been well received as a superhero and this comic book character is usually ranked as one of the greatest comic book characters of all time. Bitten by a radioactive spider, high school student Peter Parker gained the speed, strength and powers of a spider. Adopting the name Spider-Man, Peter hoped to start a career using his new abilities. Taught that with great power comes great responsibility, Spiderman has vowed to use his powers to help people.
6. V for Vendetta
Published in 1982, V for vendetta is the story of a lone hero fighting an all powerful government to stop their dominance. At the center of it all was the faceless V, a hero known for wearing his now iconic Guy Fawkes mask. It is a dense intellectual read with a vengeance towards ones government.
7. X-Men Series
X-Men published by Marvel Comics featuring its superhero team is an ongoing comic series. Mutants! Doesn’t the word strike fear and worry in your heart? Nevertheless, you would be surprised to know many also dream of a peaceful coexistence between man and mutant, and one of them is Professor X. The X-Men team of mutants is ready to take a stand and support Professor X’s dream.Feared and hated by humans these X-Men are heroic mutants, individuals born with special powers who’ve sworn to use their gifts to protect mutants as well as humans.
Talking about the comics in India, We have had our own set of desi heroes who have entertained us for decades and continue to do so. Yes, they are not global sensations but they still continued to entertain us for decades now. Here are two of the most favored comics that India adored for ages:
Tinkle, our childhood love. Tinkle is a monthly Indian magazine published by Amar Chitra Katha, an Indian media company. It comprises of comics & quizzes for children. Tinkle was first published in 1960. The main purpose to imbibe tinkle was that to make sure that children are well acquainted with the Indian culture. The wholesome combination of educational and entertainment that defines Tinkle has many celebrity fans in India, including the former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
9. Chacha Chaudhary
Chacha Chaudhary is a very popular Indian comic book character, created by cartoonist Pran. The comic has sold almost ten million copies. Chacha Chaudhary was created in 1971 for the Hindi magazine Lotpot. It soon became popular among kids and the elderly alike. Chacha Chaudhary is an old man, whose mind “works faster than a computer. He is aided in his missions by his companion from Jupiter, Sabu, and often by Rocket, his faithful dog.
Though the comics are being adapted into blockbuster movies, comics still hold the magic to weave our imagination to a next level. So step into the nearest store, grab your copy and de-stress yourself by indulging into a laughing affair.