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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

World’s Best Comics, no. 1. New York: World’s Best Comics Co., 1941. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (033.00.00) © DC Comics, used with permission.
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Wonder Woman, no. 8. New York: Wonder Woman Publication Co., Spring 1944. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (034.00.00) © DC Comics, used with permission.
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World’s Best Comics, no. 19, New York: World’s Best Comics Co., Fall 1945. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (033.01.00) © DC Comics, used with permission.
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Wonder Woman, no. 11, New York: Wonder Woman Publication Co., Winter 1944. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (034.01.00) © DC Comics, used with permission.
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Super Heroes

The modern comic book as we know it emerged in 1934 with Famous Funnies, no. 1, which was a compilation of reprinted newspaper comic strips. Soon after, the comic book industry began to publish original content and populate their pages with superheroes. Though they appear together in World’s Best Comics, Superman first appeared in Action Comics, no. 1 (1938), Batman first appeared in Detective Comics, no. 27 (1939), and Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics, no. 8 (1941). These beloved superheroes remain popular around the world today.

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