Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Kids and Comics
But would I want him to read a current Spider-Man comic book? I'm not so sure.
Now I should actually say right off the bat that I am not reading the Spider-Man books these days, for reasons that I will explore in another post in the future. So let's just switch this to modern comic books in general.
As the comic book audience has aged over the years, so has the content. Back in the day it was unheard of to use a swear word in a comic; "hades" was substituted for "hell", "blast" for "damn", and so on. There was violence, sure, but it wasn't gory or over the top. The books were smart and never talked down to the reader, but the content was appropriate for all readers.
The line between good and evil is very blurred in comics these days. I feel that I have a pretty strong moral center, and I feel that a big part of that is from reading about heroes who do the right thing simply because it's the right thing to do, like Captain America, Superman, and Thor. Now Superman is throwing people off of buildings, Captain America is the new Nick Fury, and Thor is running around telling people to shut up and calling them a pain in the ass.
I appreciate that Marvel and DC have been putting books out aimed at kids, and that's good, but there was a time when comics were suitable for all ages, with something for the kids and something for the adults. Some of the best movies are like that, and I miss the days when comics could do the same.
As it is, when it's time to introduce my son to comics, I've got a stack of beat up Spider-Man Classics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko waiting for him.