Although comic books originated in the United States, Canada was well into the comic book scene by the 1930’s. In fact, the first superhero, Superman, appeared in Canadian comics in 1938. In the 1940’s, Canadian titles covered a wide variety of genres including war, humour, science fiction, superheroes, westerns, and more. Today, comic books and graphic novels are often used in classrooms to help students think differently. They may help some people to develop the reading skills that they will need to understand more difficult texts. Teachers sometimes find that comic books and graphic novels appeal to students who don’t yet enjoy other types of reading! Learn more here.