The Psychological Reasoning Behind Comic Books
Comic books are a popular art form among many individuals; although it is most famous and well known among children who are younger and have more time, it can also be popular with older individuals. But the main question is what feeds the popularity of comic books when there is a significant demand for evolving genres of books. Whenever we think of a comic book, we usually think of the super action-packed ones like Batman or X-men. And if we were asked to choose the best superhero and who they would win against, the majority of the time, there would be someone else who would agree with you as well. Comic books are steadily gaining popularity and especially gained fame in 2012 when the first Avengers movie was released.
The History of Comics
To find out exactly how this affects us, and if it is positive or negative, we have to look at how comics first came into being. The Glasgow looking glass is the reason for the first ever comic strip to be published. However, it wasn’t until a century later that the term superhero was introduced to the world in 1917. After lengthy research was conducted, it was found that the modern era was represented by a series of darker and more severe comics and even more complex and psychologically unstable characters. During the olden days, many also argued that these superheroes were an integral part of American society. This idea first came from the introduction of a new generation of superheroes whose origins placed them in the middle of a significant battle or war. An example of such a superhero is Captain America, a man who enlisted in the war and became a test subject for a chemical that could create superhuman strength and speed.
How Does It Affect Psychologically?
The evolution of comics and the characters portrayed in them have effectively reflected and displayed the historical trends in the world and also addressed the societal problems that are also faced. However, each of the storylines that are shown by the featured character is known to have different issues and different ways of coping with them. Like how we idolize celebrities, many idolize comic book characters, for their strength and ability to protect the weak. We learn to understand the characters at a very early age when our morals, emotions and reading abilities are still developing.
Reading comics can affect a child in different ways. Positive influence is when the child reading them receives mind stimulation and develop a sense of understanding for the way a mind works. It also teaches them to express their emotions in a non-harmful way and also helps them have a different perspective of themselves. This is the reason as to why the characters are exaggerated, as they provide the individual with a sense of change. These comics are also a great way to effectively talk and discuss the societal shift that may be occurring daily.