The History of the Superhero

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Superman is released

1938

Batman is released

1939

Campy pop culture such as Batman TV affects how superheroes viewed.

1960 - 1969

Bold colourful action with large sound effect words displayed.

1960 - 1969

New crop of younger, hipper superheroes emerged.

1960 - 1964

Superhero comics triy to grow up but lose some fun and innocence.

1970 - 1979

Martial Arts, horror, and fantasy comics rise up.

1970 - 1979

Waning interest in superhero comics.

1970 - 1979

Martial Arts, horror, and fantasy comics rise up.

Comics have grittier feel: dark, violent, and self-aware.

1980 - 1989

Concept of the superhero recreated to be new, exciting and dangerous.

1980 - 1989

Renaissance of new ideas allows new generation to discover superheroes.

1990 - 1999

Superhero reborn: frustrated artists and writers self publish.

1990 - 1999

Opportunities to see superheroes with fresh eyes.

2005 - 2014

People find out about superheroes from movies, cartoons, and video games.

2005 - 2014

Big influences on comics are manga and realistic paintings of superheroes.

2010 - 2014