For the majority of people the initial impression of comics is that that the strips, cartoons and books are aimed at young people. The creation of superheroes and “larger than life characters” fuels the active imagination of the young, motivating them to purchase comics in the future. However, it is clear that as well as having a massive following of young people the comic has also attracted many adult readers. Many of these readers would have started as children and despite their maturing years they have not grown out of reading these books and journals.
Some comic books attracts readers as a result of their content. A good example of this is Roy of the Rovers that appeared in its own weekly magazine between 1976 and 1995. The exploits of Melchester Rovers star man, Roy Race, was followed avidly not only by young readers but also its adult followers whose interest in association football had led them into this world of make believe.
A trekkie convention in full swing
Star Trek has been featured in comics since 1967. It actually came after the first television series in 1966 and the readership contains huge numbers of adult readers. The fascination in the series is reflected with the trekkie conventions which are meeting points for fans of the series and the majority of those attending are of adult age.
There are of course some comics that have been aimed at particularly adult audiences and are not suitable for young readers. Sometimes this division of interest maybe as a result of simple content matter.For example the political cartoons that have been serialized in the “broadsheet newspapers” are of such a nature that young people do not understand the content, or the humo,r that is linked to the cartoons. The cartoons of the broadsheet are totally different than the ones that are published in the tabloid papers like “The Sun”.
George and Lynne were always popular
The paper featured the comic strip “George and Lynne” between 1976 and 2010. It revolved around a stereotypical middle class couple and their adventures. He was a successful businessman and she spent her time making herself look beautiful. They had a relaxed attitude towards sex and nudity and was always popular among the paper’s adult readers. Some comics actually go even further and its adult audiences can be attracted by either subject matter of a violent or erotic nature. One of the most popular erotic comics was “Cherry” by Last Gasp publications that ran between 1982 and 2000.
The comic followed the sexual adventures of 18 year old Cherry Logan. As well as covering erotic material adults were also attracted to its humor and also the odd reference to political matters. The comic strip also featured the adventures of her younger sister and divorced mother. Adult erotic comics are also popular in Japan. Sexual images have appeared for centuries through Shenga which is erotic art. Osamu Tezuka released “New Treasure Island” comic book in 1947 and it sold more than 4000,000 copies. The popularity of these comics has seen the creation of pornographic animation. Known as Hentai, they are found on many of today’s Japanese pornographic sites. Equally popular with adult audiences are comics that deal with extreme violence. Mark Millar created “Nemesis” which was published in Marvel Comics during 2009 and 2010. The cartoons as well as being violent contained language of an adult nature. Its aims was to make the characters more appealing to the older readers.
The Walking Dead
Image Comics first published “The Walking Dead” in 2003 and writer Tony Kirkman has created 176 series since. Dealing with the day to day activities of zombies it has been adapted into a television series, and has proved particularly popular to the adult readers and viewers.
Many of the characters that have been created by comics have been used by other industries. This has clearly been the case in the gambling industry. A visit to the bookmakers in the United Kingdom gives gamblers the opportunity to play the slot machines. These games have become so technologically advanced that there are many that entice the gamblers to take a chance with their money, while following the plots on the slot machine. A good example is Cleopatra who has appeared in many comic books. One particular game is called “M.E.G.A Jackpots Cleopatra” and gives the opportunity for the gamblers to win money.
The Ali Barba Jackpot game
People can even gamble on line and there is still the same link with comic book characters. A visit to pokerstarscasino.com gives the visitor the opportunity to play “the Ali Barba Jackpot”. This is another comic book character that has appeared in numerous strips, and the game involves a storyline of Ali Barber’s adventures while giving the opportunity for the gambler to bet during his journey.
The comic books have proved popular to the younger and mature audiences for years. The variety of publications produced has meant there have been a number of different audiences that have been targeted. Comic books and strips are still popular today.