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Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the a-little-lite-reading dept.

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JeepFanatic writes "I've never been one to read comic books, but I've always enjoyed superheroes. My 3-year-old son is really into superheroes (especially Spider-man) and I thought it would be a fun thing to do together to start reading comics to him. Any suggestions on comics that would be more appropriate to start him out with?"

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Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874023)

Bazooka Joe is also good

Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (4, Insightful)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874097)

Classic Fritz the Cat, and maybe some of the S. Clay Wilson stuff with motorcycles.

OK. Wait until he's 7.

Seriously? Read real books with him. The comics will come on his own, without encouragement.

Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (-1, Flamebait)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874215)

don't forget the japanese tentacle rape shit.

Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (0)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874273)

And this tripe:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panty_%26_Stocking_with_Garterbelt [wikipedia.org]

"Comics. I still like 'em, so let's pretend they're literacy."

Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874449)

Watching PASWGB would contribute to "literacy".

Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (4, Funny)

arth1 (260657) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874309)

I see your Fritz the Cat, and raise you Fat Freddy's Cat.

Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (3, Informative)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874171)

for a kid how about the english translation of astrix

Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874281)

He might like skazi as well.

Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (1, Redundant)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874321)

Axe Cop, anyone? [axecop.com]

Hmm. (5, Insightful)

busyqth (2566075) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874027)

My 3 yr old son is really into superheros (especially Spider-man)

Well then how about Spider Man?

Re:Hmm. (2)

The Mighty Buzzard (878441) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874111)

I was going to say Lobo and Deadpool but then he'd be ruined for all other comics. Spiderman and She-Hulk then.

Re:Hmm. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874287)

I've been reading http://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Chapter-One-Graphic-Novels/dp/0785158480 to my nearly 4 year old son. Over... and over... and over... and over...

Re:Hmm. (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874317)

That was kind of my thought, too. I never read a whole lot of comics, but Spiderman was always kind of tame, wasn't it?

Re:Hmm. (4, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874491)

Ben Parker dies in the first comic. So does the criminal iirc. Don't get me started on Gwen Stacy et al. Almost all superhero comic books are too visually violent for a 3 yo. Read him some nice Duckberg comics with the Beagle Boys.

Re:Hmm. (1)

the simurgh (1327825) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874503)

kaboom studios is a kid friendly imprint of indipendant boom studios they are currently making the peanuts and adventure time comics. their darkwing duck, ducktales comics are loved by adults and kids. they also publish garfield, http://www.kaboom-studios.com/ [kaboom-studios.com] ape entertainment currently publishes a diverse line of licensed comics which has a devoted flowing and is a great adaption of the source material. they are: richie rich casper the friendly ghost (both highly enjoyable adaptions), kung fu panda, shrek, megamind and strawberry shortcake. also check out thier super powered funny animals book go go gorilla and the jungle crew. http://ape-entertainment.com/ [ape-entertainment.com] marvel comics formally had a line of kid friendly superheroes- including spider-man under the marvel adventures name, and while not part of the marvel adventures line per say the recent power pack comics fit right in. of course you can find these at the publishers websites or your local comic shops.

only one choice (4, Funny)

mtmra70 (964928) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874029)

xkcd of course http://xkcd.com/674/ [xkcd.com]

Re:only one choice (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874277)

Or Mandrake, for obvious reasons.

He might be a bit young for Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, unfortunately.

Read to him? (-1, Troll)

NEDHead (1651195) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874033)

At 3 years old he should be able to read himself - why do you need to read to him?

Re:Read to him? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874077)

Don't know kids very much, do you? The kid's just out of diapers (or not, depending on the kid).

Re:Read to him? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874127)

I second that. Some people may think three year olds should read. They are wrong. It is nice if he is able to. But. That is the exception to the rule. If you think otherwise your life might be disappointing.

Re:Read to him? (4, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874143)

At 3 years old he should be able to read himself - why do you need to read to him?

Oh, saaaay, that gives me an idea: Have him read Slashdot! He'll grow up with the benefit of thinking he knows everything without wasting his life doing things like asking questions and learning or asking questions about a topic he doesn't understand. You won't even have to worry about teen pregnancy!

Re:Read to him? (2, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874191)

Oh, saaaay, that gives me an idea: Have him read Slashdot! He'll grow up with the benefit of thinking he knows everything without wasting his life doing things like asking questions and learning or asking questions about a topic he doesn't understand. You won't even have to worry about teen pregnancy!

Well.. that's embarrassing. Feel free to point and laugh, folks, I made a real ass of myself. :)

Re:Read to him? (2)

busyqth (2566075) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874213)

At 3 years old he should be able to read himself - why do you need to read to him?

Oh, saaaay, that gives me an idea: Have him read Slashdot! He'll grow up with the benefit of thinking he knows everything without wasting his life doing things like asking questions and learning or asking questions about a topic he doesn't understand. You won't even have to worry about teen pregnancy!

Hmm... "son"... "teen pregnancy"... "son"... "teen pregnancy"...
I see what you mean about slashdot readers who fail to learn about topics they don't understand.

Re:Read to him? (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874355)

I see what you mean about slashdot readers who fail to learn about topics they don't understand.

One of them, are you?

Humans generally can't have pregnancy, teen or otherwise, without someone's son being involved at some point in the process.

Re:Read to him? (0)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874385)

Err .. could you elaborate? I don't understand what you're getting at.

Re:Read to him? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874169)

I wish my three year old could read.
All she's been able to do so far though is code a few iPhone apps.

Re:Read to him? (4, Informative)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874189)

At 3 years old he should be able to read himself - why do you need to read to him?

Reading to your kids is a great experience for both you and the kid. I started reading to my daughter before she turned one year old. It helped her fall to sleep. To start with, since she wasn't actually listening, I read her whatever I happened to be reading. I wonder sometimes if that was a mistake, and she spent nights awake in her bed, listening for the hellish howling of a gigantic hound on the moors...

Later we went through every one of the Terry Pratchett stories and a lot of the Heinlein juveniles. This went on until sometime last year, when she became a senior in high school, and was too busy for me to read to her anymore. I regret that.

Re:Read to him? (1)

busyqth (2566075) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874249)

At 3 years old he should be able to read himself - why do you need to read to him?

I started reading to my daughter before she turned one year old. It helped her fall to sleep. To start with, since she wasn't actually listening, I read her whatever I happened to be reading. I wonder sometimes if that was a mistake, and she spent nights awake in her bed, listening for the hellish howling of a gigantic hound on the moors...

Hound of the Baskervilles, eh?
Well, having a daughter while you were still in 9th grade must have been pretty tough.

Re:Read to him? (2)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874339)

Yes. I had just gotten The Complete Sherlock Holmes and had decided to re-read the stories. If I understand your comment, you don't have to be a teen to enjoy Doyle. I recently bought another, digital copy of the stories for my Android phone to read on the plane.

None! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874035)

You don't want him to end up a loser like you.

Surely none (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874043)

I don't think there's any superhero comics with values appropriate for a child.
Besides the purile kids television america produces is basically the same thing - pointless violence, characters screaming at each other for no apparent reason all in the name of entertainment. I say let him watch the evening news, at least it will be real.

The incredible hulk (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874045)

Issue #180 is a good place to start.

Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge (4, Interesting)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874079)

I've been reading collections of the first years of Spidey, the Fantastic Four, Green Lantern and such. They're probably fine for young'uns.

But I'd also look into the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comic adventures. The Duckberg folks go on a lot of neat adventures. They have great stories, great artwork, and it will help show that there's more to comics than superheroes.

Fantagraphics is producing a reprint series, and previous collections are readily available.

Re:Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge (3, Informative)

XanC (644172) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874323)

Absolutely. Look for the ones by Carl Barks. It was an inspiration for Indiana Jones.

Re:Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge (3, Informative)

santiago (42242) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874421)

Absolutely. Look for the ones by Carl Barks.

And Don Rosa, too, who has carried on Carl Barks's tradition of complex, well-written stories that are accessible enough for children but interesting enough for adults and which incorporate lots of actual details from real-world history and mythology.

Re:Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge (1)

pongo000 (97357) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874473)

But I'd also look into the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comic adventures.

But probably not the adventures of Dolan.

Lone Wolf and Cub (2)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874087)

Just kidding!

There used to be a Shazam! comic, (DC's Captain Marvel) that was oriented more towards young kids. I don't know if it still exists.

Personally, I started my daughter, who was not much older than that, on Mage. If she didn't understand something, we stopped and talked about it. It's actually pretty amazing what kids can process.

When she entered her teens, Matt Wagner had finally come out with Volume 2. Daughter was really excited and wanted me to read it to her. I was a little surprised that she had remembered the first story.

Captain Marvel / Shazam (1)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874199)

I'll ditto the Shazam recommendation. Captain Marvel appealed to a younger set, and his alter-ego was a young teen. (As were those of Captain Marvel Junior and Mary Marvel, or whatever her name was.)

I bought a huge paperback compendium of "Shazam" comics a few years ago. B&W, but still good stories.

Re:Captain Marvel / Shazam (2)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874303)

I'll ditto the Shazam recommendation. Captain Marvel appealed to a younger set, and his alter-ego was a young teen. (As were those of Captain Marvel Junior and Mary Marvel, or whatever her name was.)

I bought a huge paperback compendium of "Shazam" comics a few years ago. B&W, but still good stories.

Incidentally, have you been watching Young Justice? The setup is that a junior justice league is formed from all the sidekicks -- robin, aquaboy and so forth. (The story predates the coming of Starfire to earth and the forming of Teen Titans.)

Captain Marvel is a recurring character. As portrayed in this series, he is a full member of JLA and considered an adult by the other JLA members, (sometimes asked to "babysit" the junior members) but his dirty little secret, apparently hidden from the other adults, is that although he has an adult body as CM, he still retains the intellect and emotions of Billy. He therefore commiserates more with the junior JLA members, because he has similar desires and has shown similar lack of judgement.

Re:Lone Wolf and Cub (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874203)

Incidentally, with Mage volume 1, I left out the part about the puppy.

Owls (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874091)

I've heard Owly is a great starter comic. It's about woodland critters, so appropriate. But there's no dialog, so he could flip through it by himself.

Re:Owly (2)

honestmonkey (819408) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874173)

I was going to suggest this one as well. Great book.

Online, you can show him "Zip and Lil' Bit" (zipandbit.com), among others.

When, oh, when ... (0)

Qbertino (265505) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874101)

... will US Americans finally get it that superhero comics =! comics ... but only a tiny, tiny subgenre of comics.

Re:When, oh, when ... (-1, Troll)

busyqth (2566075) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874305)

... will US Americans finally get it that superhero comics =! comics ... but only a tiny, tiny subgenre of comics.

-
My english is better than most other people's german, so please point out mistakes politely. Thank you.

On the other hand, your C isn't so good.

what the fuck am i reading? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874103)

Next in 'Ask Slashdot': "Which kind of grass should I choose for my garden?"

Re:what the fuck am i reading? (1)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874351)

Definitely Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa just isn't as mellow.

Caldecott (4, Informative)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874115)

I don't know about comic books per se

But you can't go wrong with the ALA Caldecott winners and honorees. [wikipedia.org] The ALA takes childrens books seriously so you can count on their recommendations to always be top notch. Many public libraries will even have a seperate display of caldecott winners to make it easier for parents to find them.

Re:Caldecott (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874233)

Second this option. There are lots of great children's stories with varying complexity in text. While comics might be appealing, don't discount the huge body of children's literature.

Little Nemo is something that has amazing art and cool stories. Since he's not reading yet it wouldn't be too bad to read to him, although the language is a bit advanced. Just a personal favorite of mine.

Power Pack is like the Fantastic Four or X-Men for kids.

Good luck getting your little one reading!

Early reader super hero books... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874135)

DC has had a series for a while, Marvel has one now.

Here are some examples:

  http://www.amazon.com/Avengers-Reader-Marvel-Heroes-Reading/dp/1423153987

  http://www.amazon.com/Super-Friends-Flying-High-Reading/dp/0375852085

And these dovetail into the Fisher price hero line of toys.

How bout something with puppies (3, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874147)

Kids that age don't need superheros running around biff bam zonking bad guys.

Why not try Dora the Explorer or something.

Re:How bout something with puppies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874267)

Kids that age don't need superheros running around biff bam zonking bad guys.

Why not try Dora the Explorer or something.

Heavens forfend we prepare our children for the real world! I suggest "Watchmen."

None. (4, Insightful)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874149)

Modern superhero comics are pretty much uniformly targeted at teen-to-adult age groups. In the quest to become more "edgy", the storylines are more violent and disturbing than ever before. This is not intended as a criticism... I likes me some edgy comics, and when I was college-aged supplemented my income doing lettering work on comic books... but don't be under any sort of illusion about the content the big labels are releasing. It's just not good material for someone as young as your son.

Most kid's TV is also either completely inane/stupid/mind-rotting, or inappropriate for 3-year-olds. There are a few shows out there which are just fine for young kids and which have a goodly bit of intelligence, worthwhile stories, and a meaningful positive "message", but I will leave it as an exercise to the reader to discover them. (Hint: one of them is a huge Internet sensation right about now.)

Re:None. (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874371)

I don't think The Guild is for 3 year olds.

Girl Genius (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874151)

n/t

dc comic (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874153)

I know dc has tiny titans

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874161)

Duh.

(Actually no, that would be horrific. Wait till he's at least 10. :) )

Comics are great! (3, Interesting)

SpasticMutant (748828) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874163)

I learned to read with comic books as a 3 year old, so these are perfect. Why not take him down to a comics store and let him choose a few for himself? He's 3. He'll spot what he likes immediately. You can then mix in a few of your old time favorites. Naturally these comics will form the basis of his over-idealized belief system, so be careful to balance it out with regular age appropriate reading material. Otherwise, you may see him jump off the roof one day, or try to pick up a car. If he starts swinging from the rafters, hold on - you've really got something there... My favorites were Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Batman, Black Canary, Hawkman, Superman, Archie (with Betty, Veronica, Jughead, etc.), and all the Justice League stuff. No wonder the world is so confusing to me now.

In the future, there will be only war (2)

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874165)

Start here:
http://mycomicpost.com/?p=3707 [mycomicpost.com]

The sooner you start the Space Marine training the better.
We wouldn't want to raise a xeno-loving, heretic girly-boy now, would we?

For the Emperor

I would start with Usagi Yojimbo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874183)

Its mature enough that you won't get bored, has tidbits of actual historical japanese facts, and the art work downplays the death.

Marvel and DC both have a younger reader line of superhero comics. I haven't read them though most are based on the cartoon versions of the heroes on TV.

Image has a nice comic called Invincible, but it might be a little more difficult later on in the series for younger audiences.

Comic books for 3 year old? (5, Informative)

Nutria (679911) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874193)

In 2012, I don't think there are any. 55 years ago there were, but even then, it was more starting at age 6.

Stick with "Hello, Moon", Dr. Seuss, etc.

Re:Comic books for 3 year old? (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874347)

There's also Goodnight Keith Moon [blogspot.com] :

In the great green room
There was a telephone
And a dead Keith Moon
And a picture of
Townshend jumping over the Moon

Probably better to wait on this one.

GITS (1)

loxosceles (580563) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874207)

Ghost in the Shell manga. You can find scans of the whole thing.

HEAVY METAL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874239)

Arzach by Mbius
Verotika by Glenn Danzig

Pooh Bear (4, Interesting)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874253)

Try Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner -- read him A.A. Milne, with individual voices for Piglet, Pooh and all the others. You'll both have a ball. Keep him as far away from Walt Disney's insipid versions as you can.

archie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874255)

and veronica

How about (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874269)

Comic Sans?

Spiderman*
Superman
Calvin and Hobbes

*haha, Nerd rage COMMENCE!

It really doesn't matter. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874275)

The end result will be the same: a socially inept dork. Just look at Big Bang Theory.

how about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874283)

xkcd and cyanide and happiness?

Seriously though any of this should be good: http://marvelkids.marvel.com/

Let him be 3. (4, Insightful)

Quartus.net (246336) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874289)

He's 3. Don't try to turn him into you. Superhero comics aren't for 3-year-olds. Give him age-appropriate stuff.

Re:Let him be 3. (2, Informative)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874435)

um cept dad already stated that he is not into comic books and the kid is wild about spiderman, RTFS genius

May 5th is free comic book day. (3, Informative)

Modern (252880) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874307)

The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. There are plenty of kid comic books out there and the Marvels and DC's even have young versions of the top titles/hero's. Here in Las Vegas, we have some great owners who are very helpful and any good store should be able to find out what the kid likes and suggest a few to start. Maximum Comics woo hoo. (selfless plug).

Old Favorites (2)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874311)

Are any of the Disney Comics around? Scrooge McDuck with Hewy, Dewy, and Louie were an early face of mine. Also, what anout Richie Rich? There's also Impson comics but maybe notat 3 years old.

With my daughter, I introduced her to collections of old Super Girl and Wonder Woman at 4 years old. She's now into Young Justice, Teen Titans, Girl Genius and Dr. Horrible/Firefly.

Captain Underpants! (2)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874327)

I've seen Teen Titans based on the cartoon instead of the original more mature version, I've seen other kid targeted comics but three is young. Go to the bookstore and get the age range targeted books, trust me there's no shortage of hero hosted educational and kid specific books. You may want to move on to Captain Underpants next until he's ready for the more mature titles. Remember, the Comics Code Authority is dead now and the comics are written accordingly.

Re:Captain Underpants! (3, Informative)

dr_leviathan (653441) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874455)

I second the recommendation for Captain Underpants. Those books are a mashup between a chapter book with pictures and comics. I would read them to the kids at bedtime.

The first comics my children really got into themselves were Calvin and Hobbes then Tintin and eventually Girl Genius.

Rupert the Bear (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874331)

Not really a superhero... but definitely aimed at kids. I still have all of my old Rupert books from when I was a kid, and I read them to my kids when they were little. They loved it.

Can't go wrong with Alan Moore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874337)

So I recommend Lost Girls.

American Splendor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874353)

Teach him about the real world.

Atomic Robo and Axe Cop (2)

LordZardoz (155141) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874359)

Perhaps not perfect for a 3 year old, but worth looking at are Atomic Robo and Axe Cop.

Atomic Robo is very much a 'child appropriate' comic.

http://www.atomic-robo.com/ [atomic-robo.com]

Axe Cop is created by a 30 something year old cartoonist and written by his 6 year old brother.
http://axecop.com/ [axecop.com]

END COMMUNICATION

Classics Illustrated comics, if you can find them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874363)

The renditions, e.g., of Jules Verne stories are quite good. Hard to find though.

Re:Classics Illustrated comics, if you can find th (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874417)

I actually have most of those

Why not manga? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874373)

Whle it'd probably depend much on the quality of the translation, why don't you try reading some of the more popular sci-fi manga series? The range convered by manga is much broader than that covered by American comic books, at least as far as the "mainstream" is concerned.

Tintin (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874377)

I grew up on Tintin.

Wrong Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874381)

You should be asking what to read that will motivate him to (read). Comic books are fine but you need to add simple children's stories with a plot, especially for boys, Tolkien The Hobbit, An early Harry Potter book, any Ronald Dahl childrens' book, a few pages per night, when he asks you to go on say tomorow on start learning to read yourself.

The game is to get him to want to learn,

MFG, omb

Tales from The Crypt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874387)

I that doesn't kill him, it will only make him stronger.

nuff said (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874391)

"When she's shambling 'cross the bedroom floor,
that's not your Mommy anymore.
When her voice sounds just like Daddy's snore,
that's not your Mommy anymore.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geek-kids/7-13-years/ea24/

Choose Wisely (1)

djl4570 (801529) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874395)

Choose wisely. Children perceive the world in a more literal sense than adults. The daughter of a friend of mine had nightmares about not being able to put her arms down after reading a passage where Winnie the Pooh couldn't put his arms down for three days. (Or something like that.) There are plenty of stories where a small child dressed up like Superman has discovered he cannot fly after jumping off a ladder or bunk bed.
I still recommend A.A. Milne and Beatrix Potter carefully seasoned with Spiderman or other superheros but keep in mind he's probably too young for Peter Rabbit and the Panzerfaust [strategypage.com] .)
Your best bet is to take the kid to a store that specializes in comics and ask the owner about age suitable material and let the kid decide.

what does it matter, he is 3 (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874409)

Read him spiderman since he likes it

Mouse Guard (3, Informative)

Sean_Inconsequential (1883900) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874425)

It isn't really superheros, but it may be something he could enjoy. I don't recall if there was anything that would be inappropriate for for someone of his age aside from a little bit of violence.

Batman! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874433)

It's NEVER too soon for Batman.

P.S. I'm Batman!

Almost anything will do... (3, Interesting)

urbanriot (924981) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874477)

I was a late bloomer, as far as reading went. I didn't feel the need as my intuitive rationale at the wee age of five was that it simply wasn't necessary; I can do what I want, function just fine without reading, so why waste time learning... ... then my mom brought home some comic books from the convenience store down the street, a Spider-Man and a Fantastic Four, and while I enjoyed the pictures, I really wanted to know what they were saying. The Fantastic Four had less exciting imagery yet an abundance of speech bubbles so I figured, these guys must be saying something important. This strongly motivated me to learn and I was reading rather large books by the age of 10 (my fifth grade teacher felt that that uncut version of Stephen King's The Stand was inappropriate at my age and was shocked, both positively and negatively, that I understood the context and ambiguities of certain scenes). That all being said, it's my suggestion that you grab a stack of comics that range in terms of popularity, style and maturity and he'll be motivated by what he likes. Perhaps check on eBay for used collections of comic books as they go cheap there. The classic comic books may have less violence and more of a moral high ground than current day comic books.

Wicked Wanda & Little Annie Fanny (1)

billybob_jcv (967047) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874481)

Damn, I'm showing my age again...

Some recommendations (4, Informative)

p0w (134255) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874485)

at 3-4, OWLY is fantastic. published by Top Shelf
Marvel put out a line of comics called MARVEL ADVENTURES with much more "kid appropriate" comics with the big icons of the Marvel U. They can be found in the digest sized format.

Chris Eliopolous also put out a marvel comic based on Franklin Richards of Fantastic Four fame, it reads like Calvin and Hobbes with Franklin as Calvin and H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot from the 70's FF cartoon as his Hobbes. Delightful. digest format as well.

Your local comic shop should also have either Essential Collections or Marvel Masterwork tradepaperback collections of the early Marvel Comics of the 60's. Amazing Spider-man 1-20 for $20 in black and white. or 1-10 in color. might be a little early for a lot of that stuff.

Fantagraphics is publishing the complete Carl Barks library right now. vol. 2 is due out shortly.

Fantagraphics is also publishing the Complete Peanuts. 2 years per volume. They are in the early '80's right now.

Lastly, use your local library if you can. You'd be amazed at how much is being purchased by librarians right now to keep kids reading. 741.5 is your dewey decimal. Also, your kids/teen room will usually just have a whole shelf of graphic novels now a days. free looking.

Lastly part two. Let your kid be a kid as long as possible. Don't force violence at them before they're ready. Most of the above recommendations are way over the head of a 3 year old. Let alone an 8 year old.

Enjoy. my now 16 and 13 year olds have 2 bookshelves of classic Marvel and DC books. They're also huge fans of Bone and Mouseguard and other great age appropriate stuff...

Calvin & Hobbes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39874505)

Calvin & Hobbes

Why comic books? (2)

mapuche (41699) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874509)

There are tons of beautiful illustrated books with excellent stories. Anything from Oliver Jeffers like Lost & Found, or Olivia the Pig by Ian Falconer or any book illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. I love comic books but my children prefer illustrated books.

If you are looking for comic books try looking for Belgian/French authors translated to English. They tend to write stories very different from what you find in America, sometimes with very deep stories and characters.

Action Comics No. 1 (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874523)

And keep it unwrapped too

DC Nation line of comics (2)

Sandman1971 (516283) | more than 2 years ago | (#39874529)

DC has a line of comics aimed specifically to kids called DC Nation. http://dcnationcomics.kidswb.com/ [kidswb.com] . Young Justice, Superman Family, etc.. You can even read some of the comics free online, to see if your kid will like them before you start buying issues/TPBs. My son is 2, and I hope that he will have a similar love of comics that his old man does.

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