Sunday, October 7, 2007

Young guns: Today's video games are yesterday's comics

Young guns: Today's video games are yesterday's comics
By Vanessa Legatt

Remember comic books? Those flimsy pages kept together with staples (that seemed to poke you no matter how careful you were when reading them) are a bit more than a seemingly overrated pastime for kids.

During the past few decades, major comic books such as Superman and Spider-Man have been made into major motion pictures. These stories of the strangely costumed and extremely heroic saving the day over and over again never seem to get old. This, believe it or not, is the basis of my film studies class.

Well, not the complete basis.

We look at the evolution of comics in America from the 1930s to present and whether the shift to the big screen does them any justice.

What has this got to do with anything? Stay with me and you will see history may be repeating itself.

I was interested in last week's discussion about the comic book controversy in the 1950s.

I had no idea this inexpensive form of entertainment had almost faced extinction.

Apparently some publishers' work included inappropriately dressed women and too many randomly dismembered body parts. With these books marketed toward a younger readership, who could blame adults for being a bit worried?

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