Comic Book Day, also known as National Comic Book Day, is an unofficial holiday which falls on September 25th and is celebrated every year. It is a day to commemorate and celebrate an extremely popular form of entertainment that is loved by both children and adults alike. This holiday is not to be confused with Free Comic Book Day – a day which falls on the first Saturday in May.
History of Comic Book Day
While the history of Comic Book Day is lost to time, quite a bit is known about the history of comic books themselves. Serialized art, the medium upon which comic books are based on, can be traced back to the cave paintings of the Neolithic Period. This form of art was then fully refined in Europe and Japan during the 18th and 19th centuries. In the United States, The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck was published in 1842 and is considered by many to be the prototype first comic book. However, the modern incarnation of the comic book wasn’t developed until the 1930s in the U.S.
In 1933, Famous Funnies was published and is considered by many to be the first modern American comic book. This comic book was distributed through the Woolworth’s Department Stores and is believed to have been sold for ten cents a copy.
When spoken about historically, comic books are usually defined by their Eras. The Golden Age of Comic Books started in 1938 and ran up until 1950. The Silver Age of Comic Books ran from 1956 through 1970 and the Bronze Age of Comic Books runs from 1970 through 1985. Today, there are a variety of comic books available which include alternative comic books, graphic novels, and underground comic books.
Celebrating Comic Book Day
Probably the easiest way to celebrate Comic Book Day is by picking up your favorite comic book and start reading it. On this day, many comic book stores also offer discounts on various comics and comic related memorabilia. You can also tweet out your exploits on social media by using the hashtag #comicbookday.
Comic Book Day is a great day to reconnect with the passion of reading comics—if you have strayed from this form of entertainment – or simply to look for issues to add to your collection. It is also a good day to introduce your children to the exciting world of comic books and allow them to enjoy this passion with you.