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Dover native talks about the History of American Comic Books

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Marvel Comics Captain America, which according to Mike Boyd is the best comic book of all time.

Comic Con returned to Dover two weeks ago after the pandemic sidelined the event last summer.

 

Comic Con events are celebrations of all things comic related - and one of the highlights in Dover this year was a presentation about the History of American Comic Books from 1938 to the present.

It was created by retired First State English teacher Mike Boyd.

 

“The history of comics kind of parallels the history of America," said Boyd. "And it’s a fascinating story involving things like censorship, different political politics, the way we treat people that are not White and the way women are treated. And it’s a fascinating story.”  

Boyd says the presentation also includes a lot of artwork and images from actual comic books.

 

He says his grandfather sparked his passion for comic books.

 

"As a child I was very distracted and one day I think he probably was not in the mood for telling me stories and he bought me a bag of comics," said Boyd. "I was probably 4-years-old and we’re talking about 1968-’69. From that point onward, comic books have pretty much been an obsession.”

 
Boyd hopes to bring the comic book presentation to the general public via Zoom on Wednesday, September 22.

Click here for the link to join.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.