Human beings tend to notice things late. Comic book superheroes were a thing for two full years before Action Comics #1 got people’s attention. There were heroes wearing Bat, Spider, and Strong Man outfits long before Bruce, Peter, and Clark. And it’s not just comics; Fleet Walker was the first to break baseball’s color barrier; fish and chips are Portuguese; even the pyramids are Brazilian.
The cause of this is partly because of marketing (honestly, the branding campaign around the pyramids has been stellar). But partly it’s because human beings are spectacular at noticing trends, not origins. So today, we’re going to give you a look at 10 of the comic books that came before the beginning and set the ball rolling. [Read more…] about Ahead of Their Time: 10 Revolutionary Comics That Inspired the Medium!