When first reading the title “Jimmy Corrigan – The Smartest Kid on Earth”, my first intuition what the book would be about was adventure. I thought Jimmy Corrigan was a young boy living at home with smart powers. Jimmy was, after the first couple pages, a middle age man with no life who talks to his mother all day. To my demise, it never got off that subject. Jimmy was not a super hero and was not the normal comic I thought it would be. Then, I decided to go online and find a comic book to compare and contrast “Jimmy Corrigan”. I picked Action Comic #1. This comic book has superman in it, so I decided to use superman. Superman was used in Jimmy Corrigan a lot as references to a father like figure and someone Jimmy Corrigan looked up to.
The first obvious differences in the two comics are the physical appearance of the two characters and the physical appearance of the words and pictures themselves. Jimmy Corrigan looks way older in appearance than his real age. He has saggy eyelids, always frowning, not in shape. Superman, on the other hand, looks younger than his age. He is in shape and is always smiling. The physical appearance of the comic itself is different, too. Superman is more of a comic book in that it uses a lot of cuts and breaks. It uses a lot of explanations marks and question marks. I feel like it’s never really calm its jumpy with just the colors blue, orange, red, blue – regular colors. It reads back and forth and its pretty apparent its supposed to be read that way. “Jimmy Corrigan”, on the other hand, reads more like a book to me. It has specific events where it shows you the comic more like a film role on a movie. For example, the part where he has a nose bleed in the hospital from getting hit from a truck it shows him holding his nose for a couple pages. The colors and the words are different because there a very intricate and looked like it took a lot of time each frame to make.
The second difference is the story line and how the story line is portrayed. Superman is an obvious linear progression. The plot is usually “To be continued” like I read in this particular comic. Superman usually has a bad guy and a damsel in distress. “Jimmy Corrigan” is all over the place. There are flashbacks, dreams, and of course linear story plots. It uses certain events in history like the Chicago fair in the 19th century. Jimmy doesn’t really have a bad guy. He himself could be the bad guy in trying to find himself. Superman usually does not show Superman doing things like going the bathroom or eating. Superman is more than just a man. Corrigan, however, is shown on the toilet, sleeping, on the phone with his mother. I think we can relate to Corrigan because he is kind of more like us in a way.
I think that Corrigan and Superman are two separate people and two separate genres of comic books. Corrigan is more personal, and Superman is more like a hero to us. Maybe that is why Superman is Corrigan’s father like figure in the comic book.
Question for whose proofreading mine : how to cite page numbers in Jimmy Corrigan and should I cite Superman at all??