Here are a couple of characters you may recognise, they are of course Calvin and Hobbes from the comic strip of the same name, if you haven't read them then you're missing out.
I recently decided to look for some info on old comics I read before I became a teenager, American comics from the Fifties and Sixties, ( and YES that's when I read them, I'm that old ), I used to wait anxiously for the week-end to get some pocket money and go up to the shops in the town and buy a comic or two from the newsagents. D.C. COMICS featuring characters like The Flash, Green Lantern, with his oath, "In brightest day, in darkest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might beware my power: Green Lantern's Light!."
Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Atom, The Martian Manhunter and The Justice League of America, were mainly my favourite purchases and I used to swop them with another boy who's dad owned a newsagents ( wish I'd kept some of them, might have been worth something nowadays! ). These comics are now referred to as the Silver Age heroes/heroines as similar characters were first created back in the 1940's (the Golden Age) this was eventually explained as the earlier characters coming from a parallel universe and occasionally they would team up for adventures.
As many of you will know some of these characters eventually found their way onto film as I can remember a very early Superman series on T.V. More recently they have been the stars of big budget movies, Superman, Batman, Captain America and lately the X-Men ( a Marvel Comics creation ) plus of course TV film and cartoon series starring Superman, Batman, The Flash and Wonder Woman.
If you remember any of these characters from way back when and wish to refesh your memory about them go to this address Superheroes.
I also used to read some of the cartoon pages from the middle of American sunday papers, as one of my aunts stayed in America for a number of years, so I guess that's where I get my liking for American Football as I'm sure some of the sportsmen were mentioned in the pages she used to send to me.
Last Updated: FEBRUARY 2004