A Brief History of Graphic Novels

Timeline created by kksasso
  • First Published Graphic Novel

    First Published Graphic Novel
    The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck was published by Rodolphe Toffler - and tells of Obadiah's attempts to court his lady love
  • First Successful Comic Book Character and Graphic Novel

    First Successful Comic Book Character and Graphic Novel
    The Yellow Kid was a very popular comic strip about a street urchin that first appeared in newspapers and eventually a collection of the comic strip was published in book form by Hearst Publishers. Itwas one of the first successful graphic novels.
  • The First Graphic Album

    The First Graphic Album
    Tin Tin in the Land of the Soviets was an adventure story about a boy and his dog. It was first written in 1938 by Herge, a Belgian artist. Still popular today, there have been many adventures written about the boy and his dog.
  • The First Comic Book Series

    The First Comic Book Series
    Famous Funnies was a Series of Comic Series reprinted in a book format.
  • First Animated Action Hero

    First Animated Action Hero
    Action Comic #1 was published in 1938 with a popular character called Superman.
  • 1950s-1970s Comic Books Very Popular

    1950s-1970s Comic Books Very Popular
    Comic books were the rage in the 50s, 60s and 70s, Some of the most popular were Archie and Mad which had a satirical slant to it., All kinds of super heros and Disney themed characters were popular. Marvel Comics was one of the well known publishers.
  • Manga began appearing in Japan

    Manga began appearing in Japan
    Manga is the Japanese form of a graphic novel and is popular with the entire Japanese population. It has been a form of entertainment since the early 1900s for all ages and genders. Manga and Anime characters have become more widely popular in the US in the 70s and 80s.
  • First Creator Owned and Published Graphic Novel

    First Creator Owned and Published Graphic Novel
    The first graphic novel that was originally written in book form. Contract with God by Will Eisner was a short story collection about the Jewish Slums in NYC during the Great Depression
  • Award Winning Biography

    Award Winning Biography
    Art Speigelman writes about his current relationship with his elderly father while reminising about his father''s story of survival during WWII and the Holocaust and won a Pulitzer Prize. Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns were also popular graphic novels from the late 80s.