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The 3D comic book began as a brief fad slightly after the start of the 3-D Movie fad, in 1953. The first 3D comic book was Three Dimension Comics and starred Mighty Mouse. After that, many different comics came out, but they only lasted one or a few issues; the comics were expensive (25 cents when others were 10 cents) and sold mostly as novelties, which got old quickly. By the end of the year, the fad was dead.

Note that 3D comics of this era didn't star superheroes (except for Superman and Batman) because the fad happened during The Interregnum, when The Golden Age of Comic Books had died down but The Silver Age of Comic Books hadn't started.

The next 3D comic book fad was in the late 1980s, a few years after the next 3D movie fad. Three-dimensional comic books were generally limited to independent publishers such as Eclipse Comics and Blackthorne — not Marvel, or DC. They were released as specials, not ongoing series. This fad lasted longer than the 1953 fad, but eventually 3D comics faded away again.


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     References to 3D Comic Books in Media  

  • The 3-D Man was a retcon 1950s Marvel Comics superhero who was created in the 1970s in Marvel Premiere. The 3D Man was a combination of a man and his missing brother, who transformed using a pair of glasses (by focusing on the image of Chuck on each len, his brother Hal could project him into reality) and had a red and green costume. He had three times the abilities of a normal man. In modern times, an Affirmative-Action Legacy character was originally known as Triathalon, before also taking the name of 3-D Man.
  • MAD: In the Fifties this fad was (naturally) mocked in a segment by Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood where the Fourth Wall was utterly demolished that the characters ended up falling out of the comic, leaving the last page of the story completely blank.
  • "Max's Comic Adventure" from Dragon Tales involves Max having a 3D comic about a mouse superhero named Mondo Mouse. In Dragon Land, using the 3D glasses reveals symbols which leads the group to Mondo Mouse, who has become real through the magic of Dragon Land, and participating in an adventure to rescue him from being trapped like in the comic.
  • When Private Eye first switched to full-colour printing, one of the letters suggesting the technology wasn't quite there yet was a mock complaint that the sender's subscription copy hadn't included the special glasses.


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Alternative Title(s): Three Dee Comic Book


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In "Max's Comic Adventure" from "Dragon Tales," Max's "Mondo Mouse" comic is a 3D comic that requires special glasses to view.

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