What makes comic book characters memorable? Well, to begin, they need to be encased into a well-written story. That much is a given. Having said that, there are a number of other characteristics that, when woven together, make these fictional "beings" win the test of time. Keep in mind the following:
1) Heroes – As the hero is often the main character of the comic book, people need to be able to identify with him/her. Given this fact, it is important to draw the leader into the hero's life. Does the hero have human insecurities? Does the hero have frailties like you and I? If the reader can identify with the hero, they will be drawn into the story even more.
Check out this particular article on the development of comic book heroes.
2) Villains – We have all known people who we have disliked for various reasons. Perhaps they are liars or selfish, or outright mean, cruel or dangerous. If we can add some of the characteristics of these people to the villains we develop for our comic books, so much the better. The reader will remember these characteristics in the people they have met, and make them hate the villain even more.
Check out this particular article on the development of comic book villains.
3) Women – Have come a long way from the very first evolution of the comic book. Having started out as mere "sidekicks" to male hero's, but have grown to become "full-blown" heroes in their own right. In this day and age where women, as well as men, can grow up to become leaders in state, or leaders in business, or leaders in other areas of life, comic books relay these facts.
Check out this particular article on the development of female comic book heroes.
4) Supporting Comic Book Characters – Along with the major characters in any comic book, a team of supporting characters are also required. Butcher, baker, candlestick maker… They all have their role to play, and help develop the ideas you wish to convey.
Check out this particular article on the development of supporting comic book characters.
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