NOT JUST SUPER-HEROES – Autobiographical & Semi-autobiographical comics

 Getting into reading and collecting comics can seem difficult to the newcomer and not everyone likes Superheroes.

Harvey Pekar

 Graphic Memoirs

While Mythology. Crime & Fantasy comics are rare in the mainstream of comics there is a lot of crossover with the superhero mainstream – some even exist in the same universes as superheroes.  Meanwhile, there’s a style of comic that is rarely found in comic stores and that is the stories of people’s lives.  Often self-published, underground or independently produced comics or treated as literature and published by “real” book publishers and more likely to be found in bookstores these true, partially true or truish stories are emotional, honest and personal and chart real life from the tragic to the mundane and the romantic and bittersweet.

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NOT JUST SUPER HEROES – Crime Comics

Getting into reading and collecting comics can seem difficult to the newcomer and not everyone likes Superheroes.

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Given the early connections between comic and pulp novels, the popularity of crime comic goes without saying.  A famous example is DC’s Detective Comics which introduced the hero Batman in issue #27.  However the introduction of the Comic Code and its restrictions on the depiction of crime killed off the crime comic (and many other genres.)

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