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Entitled "The tooth-ache" by Horace Mayhew, the accordian style children's story has panels that stretch out to over seven feet long.  Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Entitled "The tooth-ache" by Horace Mayhew, the accordian style children's story has panels that stretch out to over seven feet long.  Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News

The historical origin of comics at the Free Library of Philadelphia

The concept of comic strips can be traced as far back to several ancient civilizations

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Kids these days will go to their local comic store and buy the latest edition of a Spiderman or Batman comic book to find out what happens to their favorite superhero. Did you know that in come cases the concept of pictorial storytelling can be recorded as far back as the Aztecs as well as ancient Japan?

Narratives said through a series of still images have ranged from children stories to graphic novels that are made for a mature adult audience. At the Free Library of Philadelphia, there are a series of rare books and strips that show different types comics during its humble beginnings to the more modern concept of comics of today. For more information on this and any other exhibits, please visit www.freelibrary.org

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