Comic book history is taken pretty seriously, now.
Everyone has different interests. Some people like dark and gritty stories, others like light-hearted comedies, and some even like Mark Waid. This is why it’s helpful to know general comic book history and what the typical styles were at the time.
Comics have changed a lot over the years and the popular trends are not only based on time, but also geographical, with certain styles being more common in certain countries. Let’s get started on these important eras in comic book history.
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1. The Golden Age Of Comics
Spanning from the birth of Superman in 1938 all the way through to 1950, the Golden Age of Comics was a boom period for American comics, and an important era in comic book history. Superman and Batman were all the rage, and what would become the DC Universe was formed. Wonder Woman, The Flash, the Atom, the Green Lantern, and Hawkman all emerged.
Meanwhile over at Marvel, they had developed their own superhero, in the form of Human Torch (although not the one you’re thinking of) and then later Captain America.
Heavily derived from the popular pulp fiction that existed before, the tone of the Golden Age was mixed, although generally fairly light. While it’s a common idea that Batman was dark due to the use of guns and the appearance of the Joker, the comics of then where nowhere near as dark in tone as the comics of today.
Superheroes did not dominate the Golden Age in the same way they did the Silver Age. With many different types of comic to choose from, the Golden Age stuff can sometimes be hard to find but always worth a look.
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