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National Comic Book Day

September 24, 2020

Mug of coffee on a glass table with an open comic book and pair of folded glasses.

Comic books have a long and fun history in America and have existed in our country since 1842. This September 25th, it is time to celebrate National Comic Book Day. This day honors the art, artists, and the stories behind comic books. From collectors to fans to Comic-Con, there are so many people and things to celebrate on National Comic Book Day! 

Comic books have existed in America since the printing of The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck in 1842. The first standard-sized comic was Funnies on Parade. This was the first book that established the size, duration, and format of the modern comic book. The Golden Age of Comic Books began in the 1930s. In the late 1960s or early 1970s, Marvel Comics revolutionized the medium by creating naturalistic superheroes such as the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and The Avengers. 

Comic-Con International is a non-profit entertainment and comic book convention held annually in San Diego, California, since 1970. This is where comic book fans gather to meet creators, experts, and other supporters. Many other comic book conventions are held all around the world. The first official comic book convention took place in 1964 in New York City. The one-day gathering organized by 16-year-old Bernie Bubnis, reporting over 100 attendees at the event.

It is said that 60% of people start reading comics before they turn 10. Comic books aided a lot of children in their beginnings of literacy. Comics are meant to promote literacy in children, and many young readers are encouraged to dive into the world of comics. If you are a comic enthusiast, some fun ways to celebrate is to track down that collector’s copy you’ve always wanted or even create your very own comic. 

At BookCase.Club, we encourage our readers to read all genres of books, including comics! We believe that a diverse reader is the best reader. If you haven’t already, take this day to sign up for BookCase.Club’s monthly subscription service. You will receive two books of your favorite genre by mail each month for only $9.99. Sign up today, and Happy National Comic Book Day!