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Deader Than Disco: Comicbooks

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  • This trope sums up pretty much the entire history of comic books, with Hype Backlash derailing the entire industry about once a decade
  • Letters pages in comic books. While not completely dead (the odd comic book still has them from time to time) the rise of message boards, Twitter and Facebook has pretty much rendered them superfluous - why bother writing to the writer directly when you can just comment on his Twitter account? 2000 AD is a notable exception, where it's something of a Mythology Gag.
  • Supplemental articles and essays. Comic books often were like magazines. The writers often included inside the comics (often in the back pages) editorials, articles, short stories, and prose pieces that gave a look inside not only their creative processes, but also the work that goes into creating their comics. For the most part, this was discontinued quite some time ago to cut back on costs and leave more room for advertisements.
    • These changes are also related to changes in the law and buying habits of the readers. It used to be that having a page or two of text in a comic (a letters page counted) allowed the publisher to mail subscriptions at a cheaper postal rate. That law is different now, and most comics are no longer purchased through subscriptions anyway, so the letters page became surplus to requirements.
  • Black-and-white indie comics were all the rage in the 80s, which gave some cult classics like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cerebus the Aardvark, Fish Police, Usagi Yojimbo, etc. Many of them achieved their popularity with the rise of the comic book store, which allowed anyone a means of getting their work out into the marketplace. However, Sturgeon's Law was in full force, and "indie black-and-white comic" usually tended to mean "total crap", "TMNT parody", or "totally crappy TMNT parody". Such saturation of subpar material, and the decline of the comic book scene as a whole in the 90s, brought the black-and-white indies down. See more info here. Atop the Fourth Wall and Mister Kitty have spent many an entry mocking the cheapest and lamest of the 1980s B & W boom.
  • Comics based on real-life celebrities (invariably comedians) were enormously successful in The Forties and The Fifties. The Adventures of Bob Hope, published by DC Comics (!), ran for nearly two decades. Eventually they were finished off by the revival in popularity of superheroes.

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  • Todd McFarlane has fallen to this level in some circles, with people criticizing him for various reasons, especially his role in ushering in what some people view as the style-over-substance "Image Age of Comics". As a toymaker he's not so bad, though.
  • Frank Miller, initially the Patron Saint of bringing Darker and Edgier back to Batman comics, no longer holds the high reputation that he once had. It started when his later works (The Dark Knight Strikes Again, All-Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder, and his film debut The Spirit) faced major scrutiny amongst many comic fans, and now, even his earlier, critically acclaimed works are being hit with the same criticism.
  • The Comics Code Authority was established immediately after Dr. Frederick Wertham's book Seduction of the Innocent, which painted comics with a broad brush as contributing to deviant behavior and juvenile delinquency. The CCA was a committee that forced comic book companies to police themselves. Basically, this meant no profanity; no drug or alcohol use; no nudity or sex; no blood, gore or graphic violence; no pejorative depiction of authority, government, or law enforcement, and a host of other restrictions. For decades, most mainstream comics carried the approval stamp. This necessitated the need for publishers to establish separate lines such as DC's Vertigo so that more mature themes were allowed. In 2011, Archie Comics, the last publisher to still carry the approval stamp, dropped it from all of their books. The parent organization of the CCA, the Comics and Magazine Association of America, is now defunct and the intellectual property rights to the CCA approval seal were acquired by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
  • It is a running gag in The Simpsons that the Comic Book Guy refuses to buy Pogs and sells them for 10 cents per metric ton. He still can't get rid of them.
    "No, we don't buy freakin' POGS!!"
    • 'Remember Alf, Bart? He's BACK! In POG form!'
  • The original Clark Kent version of Superboy is now generally perceived as the character that launched the Legion of Super-Heroes but he was incredibly popular in The Fifties and early Sixties when he was easily the second most popular character in DC Comics and far ahead of Batman and The Flash in terms of sales. A combination of overexposure and changing tastes meant that by the early Eighties, Superboy was very much sidelined as a character and the Reboot after Crisis on Infinite Earths removed him from continuity altogether.

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