At the beginning american comic book is a small magazine and it take step by step to reach wherever it is now. With in those comic, the super hero theme has been a hot spot all the time. Even though the popularity of the comic books once decline after World War II, due to the competition with spread of television and mass-market paperback books. Until 1960s a second wave of superhero popularity and mean while the recognition of the comics medium among academics, literary critics and art museums helped solidify comics as a serious form with established traditions and artistic evolution.
Back to early 1833 publishers had collected comic strips in hardcover book, with The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, which appeared in New York in early 1840s. The G. W. Dillingham Company published the first known proto-comic-book magazine in the U.S., The Yellow Kid in McFadden’s Flats, in 1897.
In 1938, editor Vin Sullivan saved sone of Siegel and Shuster’s creation from the slush pile and used it as the cover feature in Action Comics #1 at June 1938. Superman have visited to the world and so became the archetype of the “superheroes” that would follow. Action would become the American comic book with the second largest number of issues, with more than 800 issues published as of 2008. Within two years, most comic book companies had started using superhero titles and Superman has become one of the world’s most famous and recognizable characters as an icon of superhero. During the second World War the popularity of superhero comics rapidly declined. Therefore publishers replace them with other type of comic such as funny animal comics, science fiction, romance, and satire comics.
In 1960s what we so called Silver Age of american comic had come which represents the period that superheroes returned and came to dominate the comic book market with two major publishers, DC and Marvel. In the middle of 1950s, due to the popularity of the television series of Superman, those publishers experimented with the superhero again. National expanded its line of superheroes over the next six years with introducing other new hero.
In 1970s the new type of comic which include specialty stores with it came to the market. These specialty stores were a haven for more distinct voices and stories, but they also marginalized comics in the public eye. Serialized comic stories became longer and more complex, requiring readers to buy more issues to finish a story. Between 1970 and 1990, because of reasons such as: a nationwide paper shortage, increasing production values, and the minimal profit incentive for stores to stock comic books. The prices of comic book had rose sharply .
In today’s U.S.A. the heroic comic is already become a part of national culture and pass down by generations.