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The Modern Age of Comic Books

The years between 1992 and the present are called the The Modern Age of Comic Books. The Modern Age of Comic Books has produced a greater interest in comic book characters than anyone could have imagined.

The popularity of regular comic books, hard cover and soft cover books, comic book characters, and memorabilia such as trading cards, figurines, dolls, and fashions, imprinted with superhero characters, has skyrocketed.

With big screen movies depicting super heroes and super villains battling each other as one can only imagine, it is no wonder that comic books are so popular today.

The big screen has brought to life such well known comic book personalities as Super Man, Spider Man, Bat Man, The X Men, The Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, The Silver Surfer, Blade, The Hulk, The Punisher, Iron Man, The Shadow, Howard the Duck, and other super characters.

Modern storylines, graphic computer generated stunts and action sequences, and many advances in movie production technology has put a real human, ultra modern face on comic book super heroes that bring them to the big screen in movies that make the viewers actually feel as though they are part of the action.

Comic book characters take the reader, or in the case of movie goers, the viewer, into inner space, outer space, into the past, into the future, and into the unknown.

The characters have personal lives with children, husbands and wives, in laws, jobs, unemployment, debt and money problems, mental and physical illnesses, and housing issues.

They are depicted as being poor, middle class, and wealthy. Some are very wealthy, own large corporations, mansions, and all the trimmings of money and power, while others, while fighting crime, just barely make a living.

The Modern age of comic books brought the idea of the need to serialize storylines so the readers had to buy the complete series to get the final outcome and many storylines and characters, both heroes and super villains, can be traced back to the beginning of the characters existence in the comics.

To fully understand what is going on, you have to know the whole history of the characters and how they ended up where they are, which means buying and collecting, or trading for past issues of the comic books.

Today, there is a huge market for comic books and comic book related memorabilia, not just in the United States, but all around the world. With the advent of the current global economy, an international market has embraced comic books.

Publishers from other countries have gotten into the comic book business and they are creating a wider, more diverse, line of characters and storylines that appeal to both men and women, all age groups, and different nationalities. A four foot version on Spider Man is popular in Japan and in India, he takes on a more native look and persona.

Besides the movies, Marvel and DC comics, along with other publishers, are licensing the likenesses of their super hero and super villain characters for video and board games, television product commercials, billboards, and other sources of public exposure to keep comic books characters in the eyes of those who adore them.

In the future, you can look forward to seeing more of Bat Man, Super Man, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Hulk, Dare Devil, Spider Man, Blade, Thor, Ghost Rider, and other comic book super heroes in the movies because it is a billion dollar industry, and growing.

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