National Comic Book Day

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2024 DateSeptember 25, 2024
2025 DateSeptember 25, 2025

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National Comic Book Day celebrates the art, creativity, and history of comic books. It aims to honor the profound impact that comic books have had on culture by acknowledging their role in touching lives, fostering imagination, and encouraging the love of both art and reading among enthusiasts. The event provides an opportunity for fans to share their love for this form of storytelling, highlighting the contributions of writers, illustrators, and publishers in this unique genre.

The origin of this festive day is unclear, but its relevance to comic book lovers is undeniable. Its significance traces back to the popularization of comic books in the 1930s, with many iconic characters such as Superman and Batman coming to life during this period. The celebration of this day helps to reflect on the progression and evolution of comic books, from simple amusement to its current form where it transcends boundaries of age, race, and language.

National Comic Book Day is celebrated every year on the 25th of September. The event is often marked by comic book giveaways, special events at comic book shops, libraries, and schools, and fans sharing their favorite books and characters on social media. Whether you're a lifelong fan or new to the world of comic books, this day provides a unique opportunity to dive into this beloved literary form.

National Comic Book Day facts

  • The first modern comic strip to debut was Richard F. Outcault's The Yellow Kid in 1895.
  • The golden age of comic books was from 1938-1950. Given the events of World War II, the U.S used DC & Marvel superheroes like Batman & Captain America to spread ideals of social reform and patriotism.
  • A near-mint copy of Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) sold for over $3 million in 2014.
  • The American comic book industry is worth over $1 billion dollars. This figure significantly increases when you add in the box office profits from comic book-related film franchises, such as Marvel's Avengers or DC's Batman series.
  • Certain rare and vintage comic books can be worth a fortune today. A near-mint copy of Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) sold for over $3 million in 2014.

Top things to do for National Comic Book Day

  • Attend a local comic-con event. If none are available, gather some friends and share your favorite comics and characters.
  • Try making your own comic strip. Some websites are free and easy to use. Websites like Story Board That are free to use with the option to pay for more advanced features.

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