Up, Up, and Away, It’s National Comic Books Day!


On September 25th, National Comic Books Day honors the art, creators, and stories of comic books. Comics have been the origin for our most beloved superheroes and fictional stories which have recently exploded into mainstream media with blockbuster movies, TV shows, books, and even theme parks.

comic booksComic culture has been through a variety of “ages” throughout history as it has evolved into the media we know and love today. Comics were often cited as something to be censored and closeted. Now more popular than ever, comics have actually come into the spotlight as a means to promote literacy amongst younger audiences and serve as role models and representation for a wide variety of readers and viewers.

Let’s take a quick journey through the four main comic book ages and characters, share some fascinating comic facts, ideas on how you can celebrate National Comic Books Day, and how Charleston does comics through our local stores and events.

Comic Books Through the Years

Comic books in the golden age (1938-1956)Comic books in the silver age (1956-1970)Comic books in the bronze age (1970-1985)Comic books in the dark/modern age (1985-present)


  1. Before Spiderman #122 (The death of Gwen Stacey at the hands of the Green Goblin) was released in 1973, characters’ deaths weren’t often featured in comics. From that moment on, darker storylines became more common.
  2. The largest comic book market in the world is in Japan. Nearly two billion Japanese comic books (called Manga) are sold every year.
  3. The Disney character Donald Duck is the fifth most published comic book character, behind Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Wolverine.
  4. The Hulk was originally supposed to be gray, but due to a printer malfunction, he acquired a green color.
  5. In Stan Lee’s youth, one of his first part-time jobs was writing obituaries for a news service.
  6. Batman is Superman’s employer. Clark Kent works for the Daily Planet, which is owned by Bruce Wayne.
  7. The world’s largest comic book collection is housed in the Library of Congress. It holds over 100,000 individual issues.

Celebrating Comic Books With a POW!

  • Read a comic book.
  • Watch a movie or show inspired by your favorite comic superhero, villain, or story.
  • Buy a new comic book to add to your collection or explore a new character or story.
  • Create your own comic book with templates here, and create your own character.
  • Look up facts or research further into the origin story of a character you like.
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Amber at the World’s Largest Comic Book Store in Colorado: Mile High Comics

Charleston Comics, ASSEMBLE!

Where to find comic books around Charleston . . .

Upcoming Charleston Conventions

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Comic Books-Related Days

How are you planning to celebrate today? What is your favorite character from comic books? Comment below!

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Amber Joyner
Originally from the Southwest, Amber has called South Carolina her home since middle school, residing in Surfside Beach, SC until moving to Mount Pleasant with her now husband in 2010. Alongside her husband, Amber has two boys aged 5 and 2, and a 13-year-old husky named Sora. Amber works remotely as a Software Engineering Manager for a local company with previous experience as a classroom educator for six years. Amber loves to travel often exploring new national & state parks and being in nature as much as possible. She loves cooking new vegetarian/vegan recipes for her family, building all the Legos, playing video & board games, and attempting to keep all her houseplants alive. Over the past year, she has discovered a newfound love for yoga & meditation, and finally has the time for audiobooks, podcasts, & attempting to learn Japanese (thanks car rider line!).