Batman (1989), Superman(1979) and Spiderman (2001) are not only classics but were also fianacial successes when they were first released in cinemas. Those bums on seats, which made money for these films, were not comic fans or even movie fans, it was everyone. Fan and none fan alike. Last year, Marvel's Thor flew to the top of the movie charts in the USA and here in the UK.
For those of us who like comics it's a joy to see a superhero come on the big screen and more than glad that such a film with a B list superhero gets big recognition. Espeacially by none comic fans. However when we go anywhere with a comic book there is a scorn in the air from critics who think comics are just for kids. There are times when we even mention we are into comics we get the same treatment. What an ironic twist that these critics most probably fell in love with 300 which most know was adapted from a comic book/graphic novel. These people who think comics are just for geeks and kids do not understand how rich the stories and characters are. A comic book is just as involving as a novel with relatable characters and compelling stories.
'THERE IS A LOT OF INTELLIGENCE BEHIND A COMIC BOOK'
Yes, most comics are made for children but the themes,stories and characters can be relatable to ANY adult. Male or female, 25 or 55. This is of course any adult who understand the format of the the story told. That understanding these critics must grasp is each panel, each cover, each sentence is a captured moment like a art painting or photography. This is not to dress comics up in the clothes of an Oxford professor, but to explain the realistic value of comics. There is a lot of intelligence behind the scenes of a comic book. Think of the writers, the staff, the artists who everyday have to think of ideas to keep thier comic title successful. Some of these active thinkers as the public will know, produced some ground breakers in print. Even the critics had to admit it.
"They're still trash" they might say about the standard comics that never got such high praise, but it does not mean these standard comics have little or no value. Look behind the cartoonish colours and the cool or farfetched superpowers, they get impactful concise storylines and characters who have believible personalites. These qualities made the superheroes who they are to the fans. Icons, role models, inspirations and even friends. It may may sound silly that people see these outlandish superheroes this way, but when a common comic book can be so compelling, its no surprise. Just like the James Bond movies and the Harry Potter books, comic book heroes have appealing chartacters that the public can relate to. Captain America is one such character. Eventhough the decision makers at Marvel killed him off few years ago, he was brought back because there was still a connection to the public. Captain America Steve Rogers had personality traits of patriotism which anyone can identify with. He may may be 'boy scout' but his character has solid development.
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