The Top 18 Comic Books for Kids

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Comic books are a great way for kids to get interested and excited about reading and helps to develop their imaginations. Nothing can be more important for parents than to be sure that their children are reading age appropriate material. The following is a list of the top comic books geared for kids. You can be sure that there is something they will love to dig into.

Archie Comics

Archie Comics

Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Betty and the rest of the gang of Riverdale High are sixty-four-years-old ​but still remain the same as they were when they were created in 1941. Archie comics are comedy based books that are very lighthearted and are the kinds of things you might find in the Sunday funnies. There are many ​comics to choose from, with Archie, Jughead, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch to name a few.

Content: Mild slapstick violence, romance situations, humor.

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century

With a hit TV show on the CW channel, Johnny DC has finally launched a comic to accompany it. The Legion of Super-Heroes tells the story of Superman who has been recruited to come to the future to help fight the Fatal Five from destroying Metropolis. The Legion is a utopian society of superheroes that have banded together to help save the universe from its many threats. A strong TV show coupled with a great comic will surely delight any kid.

Content: Mild violence, intense action.

Sonic the Hedgehog

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With a number one television show, popular game series, and a twelve year run in comics, Sonic the Hedgehog has repeatedly proven itself as a strong comic book for kids. Sonic the Hedgehog is about a blue Hedgehog that keeps the land of Moebius safe from the evil Dr. Robototnik with the help of his friends Tails the fox and Knuckles the Echidna. With over 150 comics in the series, your child will never run out of great adventures to follow Sonic through.

Content: Mild violence, humor.

Marvel Adventures: The Avengers

Marvel Adventures has poised itself as one of the best kids comics as of late. The material will delight both kids and adults with their witty dialog, fun storylines, and intense action. Issue number twelve has been hailed all over as one of the best in the series with Ego the Living Planet making a move on Mother Earth, putting all life on the planet in jeopardy. It is a classic.

Content: Mild violence.

Disney Comics

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Disney is alive and well in the comic book world. Uncle Scrooge, Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and the rest of the popular Disney characters are represented in many different stories. There is a huge amount of comics out there with the Disney characters and your local comic book store is bound to carry some of them. If your kids like the Disney cartoons or characters then this is a sure bet.

Content: Some slapstick violence.

Justice League Unlimited

Another comic book based on a television show, the Justice League Unlimited stars some of DC Comics greatest superheroes. Superman, The Flash, The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Batman round out this cast of heroes that go on amazing adventures against the most powerful villains in the known universe. If your child likes action, then the Justice League is a great choice.

Content: Mild violence.

Franklin Richards

Franklin Richards
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Franklin Richards is a supporting character in the Fantastic Four line of comics. Recently, they have put a new spin onto the character, giving him a cartoonish look and troublemaker attitude that ran as a backup feature in many different Marvel comics. The stories were so popular that they got their own series and one-shot issues. This is very similar in style and tone to Calvin and Hobbes.

Content: Cartoonish violence.

Teen Titans Go!

The Teen Titans are a group of super-powered teens that strive to keep the world safe from harm. Robin, Cyborg, Beast-Boy, Starfire and Raven offer exciting action and hilarious comedy that will keep your child entertained and excited each and every issue. Even though this comic has had some issues with cancellations, there are many trade paperbacks that collect the issues. Their fans are many, causing a writing campaign to start in hopes to save the series.

Content: Mild violence, some mysticism, humor.

Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane

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One of the few comics geared more for girls, this comic is set with Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Mary Jane in high school. The art is light, whimsical and the stories have a romantic touch. This is a nice series if you have girls that are interested in comics and would be just as suitable for boys.

Content: Romance.

Amelia Rules

Amelia Rules has quickly raised in popularity and notoriety in the kids world of comic books. Amelia Rules is about a young girl Amelia and her friends Reggie, Rhonda, Kyle and others who have formed secret identities as crime fighters. The crime fighting is really just make-believe and the comic has hit some serious issues such as how the Iraq war has impacted families.

Content: Mild violence, mild language.

Batman Strikes

Another DC item with the backing of a TV show behind it, Batman Strikes is based on the ever popular comic character Batman. By day, Bruce Wayne is a philanthropic businessman and thrillseeker, but by night he patrols the streets of Gotham City, keeping the citizens safe.

Content: Mild violence.

Amazing Spider-Girl

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The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t only for the boys. In this comic, set in the future, Peter Parker's (the current Spider-Man) daughter May has taken up the mantel given to her by her father and has made the Spider-Man legacy her own. Whether it is falling in love with a boy from school or saving him from certain doom, you can be sure Spider-Girl will be there in the midst of it all.

Content: Mild violence.

Looney Tunes

This comic book series is based on the classic cartoon characters of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and the rest of the great Warner Brothers cartoon cast. If you or your child loves these classic icons, then they are sure to enjoy the comic book as well.

Content: Slapstick violence, humor.

Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man

Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man
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This Marvel Adventures series retells the story of how a young and nerdy Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider to become the costumed, larger than life, smack talking vigilante known as Spider-Man. The series tries to use heavy humor throughout the comic and incorporates plenty of action as well. If your kid is into Spider-Man, then this comic is a safe bet.

Content: Mild violence.

Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four

Marvel continues its all-ages line of comics with one of their most popular characters, the Fantastic Four. This comic has all the basic elements of the Fantastic Four. You have the banter, comedy and rivalry between the Thing and the Human Torch and the strong relationship between Sue Storm and Reed Richards. Combine that with high adventure and cosmic exploring and you have a great read on your hand for you or your child.

Content: Mild violence.

Marvel Adventures: Iron Man

Marvel Adventures: Iron Man
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The latest in the Marvel Adventures reboot line, Iron Man retells the origin of Tony Stark, the billionaire industrialist, who designs a suit of powered armor that can shoot energy beams, fly and protect him from massive damage. This version of Tony Stark, unlike the normal Marvel comic continuity, does not appear to have the issues of alcoholism or womanizing in it, making this comic a safe bet.

Content: Mild violence.

Scooby Doo

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Scooby Doo, where are you? This is a reincarnation of the classic television series that sees Scooby and the gang solving mysteries with lots of fun and excitment. This would be a great way for parents and kids to connect with characters they both know and love.

Content: Slapstick violence, monsters.

The Simpsons

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The Simpsons have been around for over ten years now. Barts antics may have kept your friends from being able to watch him. Lines like, "Eat my shorts," and "Bite me," caused quite a stir. Nowadays, it's not that big of a deal, and with a movie on the way The Simpsons seem to have no signs of quitting now. If you object to the cartoon, you'll probably object to the comic, so be warned.

Content: Mild language, mild violence, some more adult jokes.