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Five for Friday #14: Kids
posted January 28, 2005

Name Five Comics You've Actually Seen Kids Read

Little Lulu by John Stanley and Irv Tripp
Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Shonen Jump by Various
"The Duck Comics" of Carl Barks
Ultimate Spider-Man by Brian Bendis and Mark Bagley

Other Lists and Responses


Jim Caldwell

Powerpuff Girls
Akiko by Mark Crilley
Teen Titans Go!
Marvel Age: Spider-Man
Marvel Age: Fantastic Four

Imagination Rocket TPB
Batgirl: Year One TPB
Crisis On Multiple Earths v1 TPB
Gotham Girls
various reprints included in Toy Biz Marvel Legends action figure packages


Cole Odell

My 6-year-old is a devotee of

Lego: Bionicle
Transformers: Energon
Jack Cole Plastic Man
Calvin & Hobbes
The Silver-Age Flash
Teen Titans Go!


Andrew Farago

Five from current kids:

*Catwoman (my niece was really excited about the movie)
*Shonen Jump & related titles
*various shoujo manga
*Calvin and Hobbes

My younger brother's favorites, back in the 80's:

*Muppet Babies
*Heathcliff's Funhouse

In the 1950s, my mom read Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck, which my uncle bought with his paper route earnings.


Chris Mautner

My 3-year-old constantly pulls off my shelves (though she can't read yet):

Cave-in by Brian Ralph
Peanuts by Charles Schulz (various collections)
Donald Duck by Carl Barks (again, various collections)
A recent Mickey Mouse comic I bought her about some outer space machine that eats planets
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems.


Steve Block

This one's fairly easy for me, I used to work in a comic shop. But then this data is ten years old, so could well be struck from the record. Avengers, West Coast Avengers, X-Men, X-Force, X-Factor.

I read Action Man, Batman Strikes, Simpsons, The Beano and Usagi Yojimbo to my 4 year old, but am aware that doesn't fit your definition.

Other than that, I'm not at all sure I've seen a kid read a comic in public for a long time.


Shaenon Garrity

Calvin and Hobbes
Captain Underpants
Shonen Jump
Ten billion zillion manga

When my husband and I taught cartooning classes at the Cartoon Art Museum, we typically asked the kids what comics they liked. Common answers included Spider-Man, X-Men (I assume some of the kids were more familiar with the movies, but others definitely read the comic books), Foxtrot, and Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin and Hobbes was probably the most frequent response, a testament to the success of the book collections, since none of these kids were alive when the strip ran in newspapers.