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  • 1. Origins of the American Comic Book
    • 1933: Eastern Color Printing Co. (in CT) launches booklets of reprinted newspaper strips as premiums for manufacturers
  • (e.g., Gulf Oil, Procter & Gamble)
  • Effort spearheaded by
  • Harry Wildenberg&M.C. (Max) Gaines

2. Origins of the American Comic Book

  • 1934: Eastern Color Printing
  • launches first stand-alone comic book in definitive periodical format,Famous Funnies
  • (again, reprinting newspaper strips)

3. 4. Origins of the American Comic Book

  • Late 34: NYC-based Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson launches first comic book series consisting of new, original material,New Fun
  • The co. he founded later became Detective Comics, Inc., then National Periodical Pub., then eventually DC .

5. Origins of the American Comic Book

  • Late mid-30s:Assembly-line shop system of comic book production

6. 7. Origins of the American Comic Book

  • Early 38: NationalsAction ComicsNo. 1inaugurates the costume (superhero) genre with Jerry Siegel & Joe ShustersSuperman
  • Late 30s early 40s:Meteoric growth of comic book industry

8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Comic Book Sales (rough estimates)

  • 1940:10 million / month
  • 1942:12.5 million / month
  • 1944:20 million / month
  • (thanks in part to servicemen)
  • 1947:60 million / month

14. Comic Book Trends besides the Superhero

  • Funny Animal
  • and related childrens humor comics
  • (from 1941-1942, with the work of
  • Carl Barks, Walt Kelly,
  • George Carlson, et al.)

15. Funny Animal & Childrens Humor 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Comic Book Trends besides the Superhero

  • Teenage Comics
  • laArchie
  • (from 1941, but especially
  • after WW2, c. 1946)

22. Teenage Comics 23. Teenage Comics 24. Teenage Comics 25. Comic Book Trends besides the Superhero

  • Crime Comics
  • (from 1942, but especially
  • after WW2, c. 1946)

26. Crime Comics 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. Post-WW2

  • Romance
  • (1947 )

34. Romance Comics 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. Post-WW2

  • Horror
  • (1950 )

40. Horror Comics! 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. Post-WW2

  • SatirelaMad
  • (1952 )

47. Mad(1952 ) Published by EC, created by Harvey Kurtzman (editor & headwriter, Nos. 1-28) 48. 49. 50.