7 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

by December 21, 2014

It’s quite common to have been exposed to the world of comics as we were growing up. Be it the local versions of international bestsellers, or hard-core, authentic Marvel/DC comics among others, we’ve all had a dose of some of the best comics out there. What’s more, with comic books now becoming an integral part of TV shows and Movies, it’s not strange to want to delve deep into the enthralling world of heroes, superheroes, supervillains, evil doctors and crazy assistant, superpowers and what-not. But it’s tough when you have close to zilch ideas about the complex world of comic-book characters. So here’s what’ve done; shared some knowledge about few of those ‘impossible-to-miss’ kinds of comics that you definitely must give a try in your lifetime.

Book #1: Tintin

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The Adventures of Tintin, a Belgian teen journalist and his white wire fox terrier, Snowy, who occasionally get embroiled in action-packed adventures and mysteries that they investigate with the on and off help of bumbling detectives Thomson & Thompson and crusty sea-captain Haddock, is easily one of the most popular comic books of all time! Written by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, the comics first appeared in 1929 in the Belgian newspaper Le Soir. So popular has the series been that by 2007 The Adventures of Tintin had been translated into more than 70 languages and had sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. Though unheard of for years to many, the recent Steven Spielberg movie has spun the comics into worldwide fame and adoration once again.

Book #2: Calvin and Hobbes

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Created by American cartoonist Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes has remained a perennial favourite of many (including mine). Appearing as a comic strip the series initially ran along various print media between November 18, 1985 and December 31, 1995. The series was based on precocious, naughty and adventurous six-year old Calvin with an over-active imagination who considers his stuffed tiger Hobbes to have real thoughts and feelings that led the duo to end up in numerous adventures in life.

Book #3: Peanuts

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Who can ever forget Charles Schulz’s iconic Peanuts, Charlie Brown and his pet beagle Snoopy? Not me that’s for sure. The series ran from October 2, 1950 to February 13, 2000 and is known as one of the most popular comic strips of all times, with a total of 17,897 published strips that ran in over 2600 newspapers and gathered a reading base of 355 million people spread over 75 countries in 21 languages. And not just that, Peanuts has also been made into popular Christmas TV shows.

Book #4: Dragon Ball

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I’m betting most of you have witnessed this action packed cartoon (Dragon Ball Z as it was known) on Cartoon Network in the mid 90s. But what many don’t know is that Son Goku and his adventures were part of the Japanese manga series, published between 1985 and 1995.

Book #5: Sandman

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Nah, not the huge man made of sand you saw in the Spider-man movie. This is the original version of Neil Gaiman’s spooky, eerie character Sandman that tells the story of Morpheus, the god of dreams who plundered, formed and reformed the world known as The Endless with his siblings Death, Destruction, Destiny, Delirium, Desire and Despair, tricking the mind and morphing the lines between dreams and reality.

Book #6: Preacher

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Created by Garth Ennis, the story focuses over a small town preacher Jesse Custer who’s possessed by…the child/offspring of an angel and a demon. His adventures continue through a brutal journey of the unknown to find God who fled and with him, we find in the story, his ex girlfriend, his assistant and mad, drunken Irish vampire. Perhaps it’s a love story after all; read it to find out more I say.

Book #7: Superman

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As they say, leave the best for the last. Superman is undoubtedly one of the oldest, most popular and one of the most sold comics (with over 600 million copies sold) to still be in existence. The movies might have given you an idea, a beefy, geeky, outrageously chiseled Clark Kent on a journey to fight his destiny and save mankind from the evil. Know this, Superman has never, not once, been out of print since its inception in 1938 by Action Comics…and with the soon to-be-released Batman V/S Superman movie, I think the anticipation is running high, very high indeed.