Comic Characters over the years have developed so much that some have even turned into human roles as their parts have been played both in television and in films. However, they have nearly all started in comic books as they were all first created as a result of someone’s creative imagination.
Many of the comic characters have arisen as result of the partnership between writer and cartoon artist. There is no bigger comic book hero than Batman and he was created as a result of the writer Bill Finger working closely with artist Bob Kane.
For years, it was the artist Bob Kane who took most of the credit and he was almost boastful in the role he played. However, it was the writer Finger who did most of the research and incorporated the finer details of Batman’s character that made him so popular. Yet, he was more than happy to shun the lime light as he led a life as a recluse.
Another famous partnership was formed between artist Joe Schuster and writer Jerry Siegel, and together they created Superman. This first started in 1933 and although it was first a failure once Schuster modelled Superman on Douglas Fairbanks Snr and Clarke Kent on a combination of Harold Lloyd and himself, the character became popular.
After a ten-year association with Detective Comics Ltd, the pair left the company and sued them so that they would walk away with the rights to the superhero. However, the courts came down on the side of the publishers who had paid the pair for their rights to the story.
Perhaps the most famous pair of cartoonists were William Hanna and Joseph Barber. They first started their careers working separately, learning their trade until they got together in 1937 and produced Tom and Jerry.
As a result of the success of this cat and mouse pair, both in comics and on television, they formed Hanna-Barber which went on to create the Flintstones, Scooby Doo and Yogi Bear. Although all of these shows appeared in television series, they also showed up in comics.
One of the longest running comic strips in the United Kingdom is “Desperate Dan” which has been running in “the Dandy” since 1937. Desperate Dan was created by the artist Dudley D Watkins and the editor Albert Barnes would write the captions. Watkins’s work was so appreciated that when he passed away in 1969, another artist was not allowed to take over his work for another fourteen years.
The star of “the Dandy’s” main rivals “the Beano” during this period was Dennis the menace, the archetypal badly behaved schoolboy. He was created by David Law who drew the character between 1951 and 1968. Law was also successful in creating other characters for “the Beano” including Beryl the Peril and Corporal Clott.
As the comic characters have risen in popularity, the talented artists and writers that have both drawn the characters and created the story lines have become popular. Their work is highly sought after as their talent generates great income, and once a writer or artist is lost, a little bit of the personality of the comic character also disappears.