American comic book

comic book originating in the United States

An American comic book is a thin book in the United States that has comics usually of superheroes. While it was created in 1933, American comic books first became popular after the 1938 publication of Action Comics, which included the debut of the superhero Superman.

The comic book superhero first emerged from pulp fiction in the 1930s in what is known as the Golden Age of DC Comics and its protagonists superheroes characters such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, who were only marginally associated with science and technology. The post-World War II period saw a decline in the popularity of these figures. But in the 1960s, Marvel Comics brought about a Silver Age by creating a new pantheon of superheroes characters including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and the X-Men, all of whom reflected a deeper concern for the ethical issues associated with science and technology in the nuclear age.

The original famous well known popular superhero-titles Action Comics, Detective Comics, All Star Comics, Sensation Comics, The Incredible Hulk and Amazing Fantasy, DC and Marvel characters such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hulk and Spider-Man.

This was followed by a superhero boom that lasted until the end of World War II. After the war, while superheroes were well known, the comic book industry later made comics of horror, crime, science fiction and romance.[1]


  1. Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith. 2009. The Power of Comics. Continuum. p. 40.