8 Facts You Might Not Know About Comic Books

Amanda Bussman
3 min readJan 4, 2022
Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Comic Books. All too often I’ve heard comic books called adult picture books. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A comic book is a collaboration of writers, artists, editors, inkers. An entire team goes into making a comic book.

All too often they’ve been brushed aside and not given the recognition they deserve. You can read here about how passionate I am when it comes to comics and why they’ve been so important in my life.

If you’re interested in learning more about comics check out the rest of this article! These eight facts might surprise you!

1. In 1897 the very first comic was The Yellow Kid in McFadden’s Flats

This book wasn’t like the comic books we’ve grown to love today. Instead, it was reprints of black and white comic strips from the local newspaper.

2. In June of 1939, Action Comics (DC Comics) introduced Superman.

With Jerry Siegel writing and Joe Shuster art, the hero was first optioned as a series in the newspaper. However, those plans never came to fruition.

3. In recent years, the most popular superhero is Spiderman.

It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about the films, merch, or even books themselves. Peter Parker has captured the hearts of many readers. After recent polls, the sale of Spiderman books far outweighs many others.

4. What does the average person spend on comics per week?

The average reader consumes roughly 4 comic books per week. This means roughly 16 books per month. 16 books per month at roughly $4 means that the average reader spends bout $64 every month on their books. That’s the price of 3 hardcover looks!

5. Superman #1 is the most valuable comic book.

The current price of this book is roughly $731,000! Can you believe that most parents let their kids read this and throw it out? Hundreds of copies of Superman #1 have probably decomposed at the local landfill by now.

6. Jungle comics had the very…

Amanda Bussman

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