The Evolution of Comic Books: From Ancient Civilizations to Global Media

TLDR Comic books have come a long way since their origins in ancient civilizations, evolving from sequential images used to tell stories to a global media consumed by people of all ages. From political cartoons in the 19th century to the introduction of iconic characters like Superman and Batman, the comic book industry has seen various eras and innovations, including the rise of manga in Japan and the recent resurgence of graphic novels and digital platforms.

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00:00 Comic books have evolved from being entertainment for children to a global media consumed by people of all ages, and their development can be traced back to a type of communication that began thousands of years earlier.
02:22 Comic books, as a form of sequential art, have roots that can be traced back thousands of years to ancient civilizations where sequential images were used to tell stories and convey messages to illiterate populations.
04:22 The Glasgow Looking Glass magazine, published in 1825, was the first printed publication to exclusively use sequential art illustrations and introduced innovations such as speech bubbles and cliffhangers.
06:17 In the 19th century, political and satirical cartoons became popular in newspapers, and in 1867, the British magazine Judy introduced the first regular illustrated character, Allie Sloper, which later spun off into its own publication.
08:15 The Golden Age of Comic Books began with the publication of Action Comics Number One in 1938, which introduced the character of Superman, and was followed by the introduction of Batman in Detective Comics Number 27 in 1939.
10:31 The Silver Age of Comic Books began in the late 50s and early 60s with the creation of new characters by Marvel Comics, which were written for an adult audience and addressed contemporary issues, while in Japan, Manga became popular after World War II and has since become a worldwide cultural export, and the 1970s saw a turn in comics to real-life subjects and the rise of independent comics.
12:27 The comic book industry has seen a resurgence with the release of graphic novels, compilations of comic strips, and the rise of digital platforms, and the value of major comic book companies has increased due to the popularity of their characters in movies and television.
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