Comic books are not, contrary to the CW, being destroyed by competition from tv & video games. American comics have been very badly hurt by decisions in the comics industry over two generations.
[quote=me in another thread]
Not exactly heresy, but a snippy observation: Sequential art storytelling in America would be in noticeably better shape if at least two of the five following things had happened:[ul][li]Marvel/Epic had put Alien Legion on newsstandsHarvey had stayed in businessPhil Seuling had never developed the Direct Sales MarketA better word than “comics” had been coined & brought into use before 1970 (other than the technically correct “cartoon”–see the next item)Walt Disney had died in infancy, sparing us from the association of his brand of sanitized pablum with cartoons.[/ul][/li][/quote]
That’s a pretty arbitrary list, I admit. One minor decision (but reflective of a certain attitude), a failed business, a cultural term that people didn’t offer a serious alternative to, & an inaccurate blaming of Walt Disney as a definer of cartoons as silly minor things (which is not only overestimating his importance, but considering how much non-bigfoot work his company did, but unfair)–& the Direct Sales Market. Which really is bad for the industry as a whole, even if “good” for individual fans.
But really, what it boils down to, is that comics have been persistently misdefined, & the diversity of comics has been hidden from the general public. And the biggest sinners are DC & Marvel.
You know, I could add an event to that list. American comics might be in better shape if one thing had happened: If DC had canceled Superman in the 1950’s.
(On that note, I leave you, cliffhanging.)