Comic Books  look all too familiar… 

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What we are looking at in this post is an older DC (Detective Comics) original art piece. This specific page is from the sixties book “Catwomen Sets Her Claws for Batman.” This post is not about this comic specifically, but what comics have done for the whole of graphic design in general.

When looking at comics, they remind me of one of the first types of writing to exist: manuscripts. The layout of comics are similar to manuscripts, as they both include columns of text and likely have images to supports the stories/information. Manuscripts inspired miscellanies, which are multiple texts in one bound book… similar to some comics. Illustrated manuscripts also led to the use of borders, bolded lettering, and unique style. 

Comic books have influenced and contributed to the history of graphic design with the use of bright primary colors, thick and often dark lines, the use of comic lettering and unique typefaces. Comic books have also been beneficial to the line of fonts that are often considered to look “handwritten.”

Bob Kane, Frank Springer, and Sid Greene Batman #197 page 22 Original Art (DC, 1967)
Source: comics.ha.com
Bob Kane, Frank Springer, and Sid Greene Batman #197 page 22 Original Art (DC, 1967)