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            Picture this (it probably is a common scene for most of you): You wake up at 6 A. You start studying, only to realize that you're too sleepy and too bored to read anything even remotely connected to academics. You start to look for something to help you stay awake. As you had to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee, you hear the paperboy slide the newspaper under your door. You decide to take a look at the morning paper. Chances are that you'll turn over to the funnies. After a healthy dose of humor, you are ready to face those dreary textbooks again. Comics, we all love them. But do we really know how they came to occupy such an important place in our hearts? I'm going to tell you about:.
             A. The history of cartoons,.
             B. The changes that have come about in cartoons over the years,.
             C. And the kinds of cartoons that are popular today.
             Hopefully, after this speech, you will be more informed about the changes that took place in the cartoon industry and how it has reached the stage where it is today.
             Cartoon history is divided into three stages:.
             1. the golden age of cartoons.
             2. the silver age of cartoons.
             3. and the current and modern age of cartoons.
             The first stage in the history of cartoons is known as the Golden Age. I will be telling you about the first cartoons, the styles popularized and the most important cartoons that were created at the time. Although the Golden Age formally began in 1938, comics were popular well before then. The first comic strip was Richard Outcault's "Down in Hogan's Alley," which was published in 1895. It featured "The Yellow Kid," a bald little boy who may have been the precursor to Carl Anderson's "Henry." It wasn't long before newspapers started to include a special section just for comics. Superman and Batman are the most notable products of the Golden Era. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, who were both 18 at the time, created superman. It did extremely well, and roped in about 800 dollars a week for its creators.

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