Zap! Bang! Pow! Shazam!: The Appeal Of Comic Book Culture
November 1, 2012
If a picture is worth a thousand words, comic books pack a lot of bang for your buck. Once considered "kid stuff," comics are now big business for fans of all ages. And many classic comics have kept up with the times, featuring more diverse characters and plots that reflect cultural shifts. We explore the culture of comic books and their outsider appeal.
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