Where the hell did the Phantom go – Comics, a lost artform?


Were the hell did the Phantom go??? I grew up reading comics and in Sweden they where always sold in ordinary stores (as opose to specialized comic or magazine stores as in the US). The Phantom came already 1950, Donald Duck (in Sweden Donald has always been bigger than Mickey for some reason) and Superman where among those books that would always be around. As a grown up i suddenly realized that they where all gone, a whole artform and part of culture replaced by toy commercials like “Barbie” and “Transformers”.  It used to be the order was: 1:Comic book 2:Movie or TV Series Now it is: 1:Toy or computer game 2:Comic book 3:Movie or TV Series In the 80´s (or so) comics began to be seen as an artform and a way of storytelling in it´s own right. Is that gone again? The problem with a superspeed culture is the lack of a superstrong cloak and we might suddenly find ourselves naked surrounded by things going “bleepedy bleep” but providing nothing beyond the flashy little digits and sounds. Note that i have nothing against computerized games….or toys for that matter. I just like a good story, and some nice pictures now and again.  We need you!

Were the hell did the Phantom go???

I grew up reading comics and in Sweden they where always sold in ordinary stores (as opose to specialized comic or magazine stores as in the US).

The Phantom came already 1950, Donald Duck (in Sweden Donald has always been bigger than Mickey for some reason) and Superman where among those books that would always be around.

As a grown up i suddenly realized that they where all gone, a whole artform and part of culture replaced by toy commercials like “Barbie” and “Transformers”.

Superman

It used to be the order was:

1:Comic book

2:Movie or TV Series

Now it is:

1:Toy or computer game

2:Comic book

3:Movie or TV Series

In the 80´s (or so) comics began to be seen as an artform and a way of storytelling in it´s own right.

Is that gone again?

The problem with a superspeed culture is the lack of a superstrong cloak and we might suddenly find ourselves naked surrounded by things going “bleepedy bleep” but providing nothing beyond the flashy little digits and sounds.

Note that i have nothing against computerized games….or toys for that matter. I just like a good story, and some nice pictures now and again.

Bat Signal

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