“The Comic Book History of Comics” is a captivating exploration of the rich and dynamic world of comic books, chronicling their evolution from the early 20th century to the present day. Written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey, this graphic novel presents a comprehensive and entertaining overview of the medium’s history.
The narrative delves into the origins of comics, highlighting key milestones such as the birth of superhero comics in the 1930s with the advent of iconic characters like Superman and Batman. It navigates through the Golden Age, Silver Age, and Bronze Age of comics, elucidating the shifts in storytelling styles, art techniques, and thematic content. The work also addresses the challenges faced by the industry, including censorship controversies and the rise of independent publishers.