LESSON 20 In this lesson you will • take part in a quiz about comics. • learn about the history of comics. • draw some comics characters. • take a look at the Simpson family on TV. you will also • enrich your knowledge of adjectives. • practice the comparative form. • follow instructions. • use words connected with sequencing. Meet the gang. How many of them can you name? Here are pictures of Superman, Batman and Spiderman. What is Superman’s name in everyday life ? Who helped Batman ? How does Spiderman catch his enemies ? This is Asterix the Gaul. He lived in about 50 BCE. Where was Gaul? Who was Obelix? Who was he fighting against? This is Tintin. He appears in comic books. Who is he ? What is the name of Tintin’s dog ? What is the name of Tintin’s sailor friend ? What do Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Superman and Asterix all have in common? They don’t seem to be alike. Answer: They all appear in COMIC STRIPS. What is a comic strip? · It is a story told in a series of drawings. · The drawings are side by side in a box. · Very often, the characters’ words appear in a speech bubble. How long have comic strips been around? By the 1890’s, competition from daily newspapers in the United States was affecting the sales of weekly magazines. So, the magazines came up with the idea of the comic strip. “The Yellow Kid” was the first character to appear in a comic strip. Then, the daily newspapers copied the idea. They began publishing comic strips, too. “Mutt and Jeff” first appeared in 1907. Comic books began in 1933 and by 1938 “Superman” made his first appearance. “Superman” was a great success. “Batman” followed a year later with his sidekick, Robin. Many other super-heroes followed. Have you heard of “The Human Torch”, “Captain Marvel” and “Wonder Woman” ? In the 1960’s, Spider-Man appeared. Comics carry you away from your everyday lives. They put you in a world of fun, fantasy and adventure. You can travel back in time, or forwards into the future. With comics, anything is possible. Let’s take a look at the difference between a regular man and a super - hero. The super-hero is larger, with broader shoulders. His muscles are a lot bigger. He’s more impressive than any average guy. There’s nothing weak about him. What about the bad guy? He’s heavy and strong. His feet are firmly on the ground. His hands are powerful. His face is evil. He can put fear into anyone. Now it’s your turn to draw this “nice” fellow. This is The Kingpin. First, divide your page into five horizontal segments. Then, draw in the shape of the head in the middle of the first segment. Next, sketch the round body in the next two segments. After that, draw his shoulders and arms. His head is fixed firmly into his shoulders. You can’t see his neck. Finally, draw his wide, short legs in the last two segments.. You now have the shape of The Kingpin. Draw in his angry face. Then, draw in his clothes. He’s wearing a shirt, jacket and pants. He’s a real tough guy. Comic strips first appeared over 100 years ago. They became a great success and are still popular today. But some comics have been animated. You can see them on TV. The Simpson family first appeared on TV in 1989. “The Simpsons” is a humorous look at life in middle class America. Homer Simpson with his bald head and fat stomach. Marge Simpson and her tall hairdo. They are there to make you smile. There’s Homer and Marge Simpson. But do you know the names of their three children? What is the name of the town they live in? Do you know who created the Simpson family? Let’s go into a website about the Simpsons and find out. Answer: Their children are Bart, Lisa and Baby Maggie. They live in Springfield. Matt Groening created them. Comics are fun and entertaining: Charlie Brown, Superman, Asterix, or Superman. They are a good way to get you to read. Look for comic strips in a newspaper or a magazine. Look for comics in a local bookshop or in the library. Enjoy the world of comics. In this lesson you took part in a quiz about comics. learnt about the history of comics. drew some comics characters. took a look at the Simpson family. You also enriched your knowledge of adjectives. practiced the comparative form. followed instructions. used words connected with sequencing.