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Initial post: 30 Jun 2012 15:25:12 BDT
I have an 8 year old son and I want him to read stories that inspire the hero side of his personality. Do you guys have any recommendations of comic books that will best capture this?

He's too young for the dark side of comic books so needs to be suitable for his age.


Posted on 30 Jun 2012 15:46:20 BDT
The Reader says:
Marvel have a number of "Marvel Adventure" digests, which are aimed at a younger audience. Theres quite a few available, and cover most of the major players in the Marvel Universe, I've listed a few below, but there's plenty to choose from.
Marvel Adventures Avengers: Thor
Marvel Adventures Avengers: Thor/Spider-Man
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man: Tangled Web Digest

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 19:51:31 BDT
Try the "Marvel Age" series.
They're aimed at a younger audience and each issue was a complete story.
The titles include Avengers, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man & Spider-Man.
They were later relaunched as "Marvel Adventures" so try a search for both.
(If you type "Marvel Adventures" into wikipedia you'll find a list of all of the collected editions.)

In a similar style, but from DC, are the Super Friends series.
They are basically the main heroes from DC working together, characters include big names like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash & Green Lantern.
The Collected Editions I know of are:
Super Friends: For Justice!
Super Friends: Calling All Super Friends
Super Friends: Head of the Class
Super Friends: Mystery In Space

There are other books out there, but I suggested these as they feature well known, established characters, who are probably already recognisable to your son.

Posted on 1 Jul 2012 17:35:29 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Batman comics in the style of recent cartoon: Batman the brave and the bold, which has him teaming up with other heroes:

All New Batman - The Brave and the Bold Vol. 1

Great fun for bat fans. Of all ages.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2012 20:48:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2012 20:49:11 BDT
Totally Agree with the Batman: Brave & The Bold suggestion.
How could I have forgotten to mention that in my post.

Posted on 1 Jul 2012 22:14:02 BDT
Thanks guys - these are great suggestions. I'll get on them straight away!

Posted on 18 Jul 2012 20:33:22 BDT
Taidgh Lynch says:
They don't all have to be about superheroes. I'd highly recommend Laika. It's a graphic novel about space flight through the eyes of Laika - the first dog in space. The storytelling is superb and done expertly.

Posted on 2 Aug 2012 17:20:31 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 17:29:16 BDT
Taidgh Lynch says:
It seems like you have nothing good to say Mistah. The Boys is not for an 8 year old, which I'm sure you're well aware of. Even if it's in jest it's still a stupid thing to say.

Posted on 2 Aug 2012 17:49:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Aug 2012 08:37:54 BDT
oh alright then, fair point -
Heavy Manners/ Heavyweight Version

Posted on 11 Aug 2012 18:18:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Aug 2012 18:46:31 BDT
Akiko - Mark Crilley
Bone - Jeff Smith
Cardcaptor Sakura - CLAMP
Amulet (this isn't without scares but it is a children's title, I don't know how sensitive your son is but I don't think I would have had difficulty with the level of intensity at his age judging by the first volume) - Kazu Kibuishi
Astro Boy (some racial stereotyping and possible sexism) - Osamu Tezuka
The Secret Science Alliance

Posted on 5 Jun 2013 23:30:08 BDT
Forgot to say thanks for the tips - started with the brave and the bold and it's been brilliant. Will follow on with these other titles in due course. Appreciate the help.

Posted on 15 Jun 2013 17:04:59 BDT
Josephine! says:
It's back to the Sixties in my opinion. Lee and Kirby's comics, and Stan Lee's in general, could be read by any age group and any intellect. Nothing since 1970 can make that claim except Schulz's Peanuts. Also, try the old Dell/Gold Key Hanna-Barbera comics, and the Dell Tom and Jerry by unsung genius Harvey Eisenberg.
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