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The Biggest Criminals in Comic Books

Comic books have produced criminals who have become almost as well known as the superheroes who have battled to counter the dastardly acts these characters have been producing. Some of these villains are never quite vanquished, often reappearing in later story lines with new ways and methods of terrorizing ordinary citizens. A character that has been featured for years sending shivers of fear through Batman fans has been the Joker. Created in 1940 by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson for DC Comics, the permanently grinning criminal was in the first issue of Batman the comic. The character is psychopath with a warped and sadistic sense of humor. Over the years he has developed into the archenemy of Batman. At times he has appeared as a goofy prankster yet on other occasions he has evolved into an evil murderer. He was responsible for the murder of Batman’s ally Jason Ward who was the “second Robin” and as well as fighting Batman he has also challenged Superman and Wonder Woman. There have been times when the Joker has worked alongside other villains and one of these is the Penguin. The Penguin, also created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, first appeared in DC comics in 1941 and has been part of Batman’s rogue’s gallery for a good number of years. The Penguin regards himself as the gentleman of all...

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The Most Popular Female Comic Book Superheroes

Comic books over the years have unearthed female characters that have proved to be just as popular as their male counterparts. They have the added attraction as being glamorous and always being the underdog as they have attempted to overcome the power of their powerful enemies. When girls first started appearing in comics they were subject to gender stereotyping. Characters such as the Nellie the nurse, Tessa the typist and Millie the Model, played secondary roles supporting the main male characters. One of the first female super-hero’s was Invisible Scarlet O’Neill. Appearing in a comic strip that was first published in the Chicago Daily Times in 1940, O’Neill used her power of invisibility to overcome criminals. She would help the local police in their searches for dangerous villains and would also come to the rescue of innocent members of the public who were being terrorized by these criminals. The first woman to possess super human powers was Wonder Woman who first appeared in All Star Comics in December 1941. She originally appeared from out of the Amazon when she returned the United States Intelligence Officer back to safety after his plane had crashed. She remained in the modern world to initially fight the crimes of the Nazis. She possessed super human powers and was taught martial arts by the Chinese. She would spend her time finding evil villains in...

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Political Comic Characters

There are daily comic strips published in every newspaper and they can be divided between what is run in the general pages, and what is drawn within the editorial comment. The founding of Punch magazine in 1841 was the start of using cartoons to express opinions on 19th century social conditions and the political atmosphere at the time. Each newspaper has its own political slant which will appeal to its readers and in the UK this bias is clear to see. Some papers will clearly favour one party while another paper will favour another. Some papers will change allegiance depending which politicians are in power at a particular time and in some cases who the political editor may be. There are many cartoonists tied to particular publications who will regularly contribute a drawing that depicts certain political characters of the day. For example, at the Daily Telegraph the award-winning cartoonist Matt Pritchett has been working at the paper since 1988 and his regular sketches are always linked to some current political story. There is no series element involved in this, but the Daily Telegraph do have The Opinions of Tobias Grubbe which is published in the online version of the paper. The comic strip written by Michael Crooss and Matthew Buck shows how modern Britain is in fact quite similar to life in the eighteenth century. The stories are...

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War Comic Characters

Comics have played a significant in role during wars. Comics represent current events in society so it impossible for them to ignore war.  In their own way they have a vital role in helping to educate the young why a war has started and what actually happens. War also has an effect on comic books when the Second World War began there were 15 million comic books that were being sold each month in the States but after two years of war this figure had increased to 25 million per month. The single biggest purchaser was the US Army as many of the soldiers had become hooked with the storylines about the fight against evil and oppression. During the war many of the Superheroes were seen with helping with the war effort back home, although one or two did go to war. There were some great story lines explaining why some of them did not go. Clark Kent was so keen to go that his x-ray vision kicked in at his medical and he ended up reading the chart from another room. So, Superman failed to get into the war due to his supposed poor eye sight. One character who did go was Joe Palooka the world heavyweight boxing champion of the world. The Joe Palooka comic strip featured in many papers throughout the world and Joe was seen...

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Comic Characters and Comedy

There are many different types of characters that can be found in comics but one of the most popular group of characters are those that can make people laugh. With comics having a huge younger audience the ability to bring a smile to people’s faces has always been a priority for comic writers. Whether the characters are based on real people, or whether they stand out on their own, the comic book environment gives the writers the opportunity to pen stories that can be even more surreal than the ones that occur in real life. One of the most popular television cartoons in the 1960’s and 1970’s was Top Cat. This cartoon appeared in the Dell and Charlton Comics between 1961 until 1973. The characters were based on characters from the 1940’s series the East Street Kids, and the 1950’ military comedy The Phil Silvers Show. The lead character Top Cat, was a mirror image of Phil Silvers Master Sergeant Bilko who was basically a loveable conman. Just as Bilko gave Colonel John.T. Hall the run around, so Top Cat did the same with the precinct policeman officer Dibble. Both characters lead a gang with top cat’s main ally Benny the Ball playing a similar role as private Duan Dobberman did in the Phil Silvers Show. In fact, the voice for Benny the Ball was the voice of actor...

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