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Monday, January 16, 2012
1956 Martin Luther King Jr. Comic Book Inspires A New Global Generation!
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Topic: Comic Book History


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The 1956 Martin Luther King Jr. Comic Book Inspires A New Global Generation!
An Update On My Yearly Blog On Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King Jr. In Comic Books! 
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TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3583 -  Each year at this time I mention the fact that Martin Luther KIng Jr. has been featured in a few comic books since the first one was printed in 1956.  This year I'm following up on the comic book shown at the top right that was published in 1956 by The Fellowship of Reconciliation. To my knowledge that is the oldest comic book with MLK on the cover.

As I've stated before... That comic book had an English printing of 250,000 copies, and a Spanish version of 125,000 copies. They were used for teaching tools about the civil rights movement during the 1950s.

Imagine my surprise when I found the following information when looking to blog about Martin Luther King Jr. today:  "Dalia Ziada, the director of AIC’s North African Bureau, was responsible for translating and editing the Arabic version of “The Montgomery Story,” eventually distributing 2,000 copies throughout the Middle East".

In another article I found further info on Dalia Ziada, who is pictured to the left:  "One of the key leaders in that Egyptian blogging community is Dalia Ziada, the Cairo-based North Africa Director for the American Islamic Congress. She was profiled in international media in the spring of 2009 in articles in both Time magazine and the History News Network for her efforts to help develop a democratic voice in her region".

It appears that these translated comics were printed and distributed before and during the 'Arab Spring' of 2011.   So this 1950s comic book is seeing renewed life globally! 

Here is the link to the first article cited: Martin Luther King, Egypt, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Plus the link to the other earlier article: Can a Comic Book About MLK Change the Middle East (At Least a Little)?.

I'm pleased to see that comic books are once again being used to teach & motivate. No matter how old the material... New uses and readership can be found for the comic book format.

BTW, here is a link to where you can read this 1956 comic book in the English version.  It's about time you read this once out-of-print comic book, especially today, the holiday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth!

~Michael D Hamersky On Comics

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Note:  My online 'Local' Comic Book Shop (LCBS), carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items. Possibly even copies of the item(s) that was mentioned here today...!  If I have it, you'll find under the BIG TOP of Comics, at Comic Books Circus.com, including the book 'Gotham City 14 Miles' that I am shown holding to the left. I'm 1 of 14 essayists in that book! !     

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