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Comics for 5-year-olds?

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Postby gronti on Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:01 pm


My boy has shown interest in superheroes and reading. I thought comics would be nice, though I never was into them at all. Which can I give him that he can enjoy? He reading level is high, so don't worry about that. But I don't want anything too violent or bloody or somesuch.

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Postby overeddie on Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:10 pm


How about Mouse Guard? Overmaxie really liked those.
You make an interesting point though Overeddie.
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Postby doublethink on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:12 pm


I think the webcomic JL8 would be good for a five year old.

http://jl8comic.tumblr.com/
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Postby James on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:12 pm


I think Marvel has (or had) a "Marvel Adventures" imprint that is geared for younger readers.

Alternately: many of the original comics back in the day were aimed at a 5-year old reading level (this is true) and are available for cheap in collections (some in B&W, some in color). You cannot go wrong with the paperback Marvel Masterworks of early Spider-Man or Fantastic Four, or the corresponding DC color paperbacks of early Wonder Woman, which was a pretty good strip. (Batman and Superman aren't as good right out of the gate, but improve later on). All of this stuff is kid-friendly, though the DC material from the 1940's may require some context about World War II and racism.
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Postby Mysterioso on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:28 pm


A great place to start is at the public library's children's section, which should have a section of graphic novels for younger readers. Let him poke around there and see what interests him.

Sadly I can not recommend most comic stores. With a lot of the stuff they carry and display, they're not set up to get younger comic readers interested in comics. Forbidden Planet in the city does still have a kids section which I can recommend. The Barnes and Noble by me used to have a similar section. But it looks like it has been absorbed into the larger graphic novel section and now has The Walking Dead TPBs rubbing shoulders with Archie TPBs, which makes shopping difficult at best.

Some of the ones listed might be a bit too much to be read by a reading five-year old without some help but they're all ones that we've liked enough to pick up for ourselves after borrowing from the library.

For Superheroes:
Shazam
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
G-Man
Sidekicks (Dan Santat)
Mini Marvels
Tiny Titans (I was not very keen on these but they were very popular in the summer before Kindergarten.)

For Fantasy:
Michael Townsend's Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders
Fangbone, 3rd Grade Barbarian
Marvel's Oz Books
The Smurfs
Usagi Yojimbo (Has stylized violence so look at this one first)
Mouse Guard

For Sci-Fi:
Missile Mouse
Zita the Space Girl
Ed's Terrestrials
Binky the Space Cat
Clone Wars Adventures (Dark Horse; like the animated stuff and not the CGI stuff)

For Westerns:
Reed Gunther
Lucky Luke

For "Real World"
Geronimo Stilton
Tintin (Has stylized violence so look at this one first)

Text w/ Graphic Novel Portions:
Frankie Pickle
Super Chicken Nugget Boy
Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot
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Postby Mysterioso on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:46 pm


James wrote:I think Marvel has (or had) a "Marvel Adventures" imprint that is geared for younger readers.

Alternately: many of the original comics back in the day were aimed at a 5-year old reading level (this is true) and are available for cheap in collections (some in B&W, some in color). You cannot go wrong with the paperback Marvel Masterworks of early Spider-Man or Fantastic Four, or the corresponding DC color paperbacks of early Wonder Woman, which was a pretty good strip. (Batman and Superman aren't as good right out of the gate, but improve later on). All of this stuff is kid-friendly, though the DC material from the 1940's may require some context about World War II and racism.


We've gotten a Marvel Essentials of the Hulk recently and have been enjoying it.
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Postby Mysterioso on Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:36 pm


When at the library look for books written by Scott Nickel. He has quite a few series with Stone Arch that are geared for starting readers.
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Postby gronti on Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:35 am


Thanks!
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Postby boredoom on Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:23 am


Boredoom nano likes books like these:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061885177
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316084867

She's not really reading yet, though. Just words here and there.
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Postby phredd on Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:28 am


Silver Age Superman Family Stuff.

http://www.amazon.com/Superman-Sixties- ... 1563895226

Especially The Legion of Super-Heroes

http://www.amazon.com/Legion-Super-Hero ... ref=sr_1_8

Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo-Crew

http://www.amazon.com/Captain-Carrot-Am ... ref=sr_1_2

Think he'd like some superheroes around his own age? Power Pack

http://www.amazon.com/Power-Pack-Classi ... ref=sr_1_1

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http://www.amazon.com/Herbie-Archives-S ... ref=sr_1_1
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