As you know, there are hundreds of millions of us all over the world. The TRILLION DOLLAR SUPER HERO INDUSTRY started in the newspaper Sunday comics in the 1930’s.
The next step was comic books, radio serials, TV series, movie serials, next came block buster one half billion dollar movies, Broadway shows, video games, ( a billion dollar industry itself), and now beautiful graphic novels. Many side industries grew. Toys, clothes, even the Disney empire rode the wave of comic popularity.
Perhaps, you would like to know who was responsible for all of this, and why no one knows anything about it ?
DID YOU KNOW THAT TWO CHICAGO MEN WERE THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR GIVING BIRTH TO THIS GIGANTIC INDUSTRY? THERE IS A STORY HERE WORTHY OF A BLOCK BUSTER MOVIE TELLING THE TRUE STORY OF HOW IT ALL STARTED IN THE 1920’s and 1930’s IN AN ART STUDIO ON MICHIGAN AVENUE IN CHICAGO.
Unfortunately, these two men never have been recognized for what they did. There isn’t a single picture or plaque in the City of Chicago, or, any where else, telling this amazing story. The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago History Museum, The Great Chicago Cultural Center, or, any of the fine Chicago and Illinois museums…Not any of these has anything relating to the birth of such a huge, world wide industry. Gates and Jobs and Turin are recognized for starting the computer industry, Henry Ford is recognized for starting the auto industry, the Wright Brothers are recognized for starting the airline industry. Nothing is ever said about who started the TRILLION DOLLAR SUPER HERO INDUSTRY.
There would be no Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Ironman, Hulk, Avengers, Captain America, Terry and the Pirates, Jungle Jim, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy, Steve Canyon, Star Wars, Star Trek, 007 James Bond…and all the rest, without these two Chicago men.
Read my next blog entry about how all this took place at the Tree Studios and the Palenski and Young Art Studio in Downtown Chicago in 1928 and 1929.