There are plenty of reasons why people love comic books. Some love the heroes, others love the stories behind the heroes, others love the drawings and the art side of it.
Most of us love it because it’s a break from reality. We get to read about superheroes with un-natural powers who can do amazing things that only exist in our imagination.
But does it mean that everything is allowed in comic books? I’m mean, if EVERYTHING goes in comic books, what makes it different than cartoon?
There are several differences between Cartoons and Comic Books:
Comic books have a plot. there’s a background story, a beginning and an end (at least to the episode in hand).
Captain America was created during World War II to fight the Germans and the Japanese. It was more than a hero, it was a symbol and (still is) and he was meant to raise the people’s moral back at home.
Cartoon is a collection of funny scenes that don’t necessary have to be connected to one another. It can have a theme but not a story.
Superheroes with Super Powers
Most comic book heroes have super powers within the real world.
The cartoon characters live in a fantasy world os it’s obvious no one gets hurt, and that Roadrunner runs really fast, and that Tom can fall from the top of the empire state building and bounce back.
In comic books the ground is concrete, the punches are real and people die.
Superhero on a Mission
There is a reason why the comic book character is here. He always have a mission.
Superman, Spiderman, Batman, X-Man, they are all vigilante that fight against the villains and protect someone.
Batman is the vigilante of Arkham City, Superman is the vigilante of Metropolis (and Lois Lane on the way), Spiderman is the protector of New-York, etc.
All the Spiderman Movies like “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012) emphasize the heroism of the character in the city he lives in and the strive for justice.
I Want to Be Him !
Comic books fans are very unique and intelligent. You can’t sell them anything, they won’t bite it.
The story needs to be good, realistic in a way comic books can, it has to include the basic elements of comics and super heroes.
We have to identify with the character, we have to sympathize him, like he is one of us, in the right side of the railroad.
The villains have a critical role in the plot as well.
Unlike in real life where we despise the bad guys, creating a villain we love – now, that’s art.
Who can imagin Batman without the Joker? Superman without Lex Luthor (My favorite villain of all times)?
There is a clear sparation between good and evil.
In cartoons we have right and wrong but in a harmfull way. It can be decided as the scene evolves, and we can change our mind in the next episode.
The stuff that the “bad guy” does are not evil, it’s all done either by mistake or without evil intention.
Nevertheless we can’t say we sympathize with any of them.
Mickey? Donald Duck? Bugs Bunny? Jerry?
Sure, we love them, who doesn’t? But we don’t identify with them, there is a unseen wall that prevent us from truely identifying with them.
I grew up on both cartoons and comic books. Like most kids I exposed to cartoons earlier (everyone can see TV before he can read).
But I must say that I got hooked by the comics. I fell in love with them right away.
I loved the smell of the new comic book cover, the drawings, the plot, I even loved the villains.
I hope kids today still appreciate the comic book art even today in the digital world.
I guess you can’t put a price on memories, right?
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