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The Superhero Reader$
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Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038068

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001

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Comics Predecessors

Comics Predecessors

Chapter:
(p.7) Comics Predecessors
Source:
The Superhero Reader
Author(s):

Peter Coogan

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0001

This chapter examines precursors to the superhero genre in comic strips and comic books, developing a formalist argument as to why the superhero genre is particularly suited to the comics medium. The discussion covers Hugo Hercules, the first positive presentation of a heroic superman in comics, running in the Chicago Tribune from September 7, 1902 to January 11, 1903; Popeye, introduced into Thimble Theatre in 1929; the cave man Alley Oop, which first appeared in 1933; the Phantom, appearing first daily on February 17, 1936, and then on a Sunday in May of 1939; Olga Mesmer, which ran in Spicy Mystery Stories from August 1937 to October 1938.

Keywords:   comics, superhero genre, comic books, comic strips, Hugo Hercules, Popeye, Alley Oop, Phantom, Olga Mesmer

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