Updated on 16 October, 2021
Golden Age comics are those produced in the late 1940s through the end of the war. Many of these comic books dealt with crime, adventure, and super-heroics. Batman was one of the most popular characters during this time. He was a dark, brooding, hero who took on villains and saved innocent citizens with his knowledge, strength, will and his cape.
Some of the biggest names in the industry during this era included Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Fawcett Comics, Kingstone Publishers, and DC Comics were all cancellationed in the early 1953, and The Marvel Family book was also canceled the same year. The Silver Age of Comic Books was generally accepted as beginning with the introduction of the very first successful new super hero in comics, DC Comics' first new super villain, in "Shattered", Vol. 1 (Dec. 1957). superheroes such as Robin, Bat Girl, The Phantom, Super Boy and the original Aquaman were introduced into the comic books world.
While there were a lot of changes and massive popularity of some of these superheroes, others became forgettable and some were even written off completely. This is what you would call a period that didn't last too long. However, it was a golden age for comic books. It was the dawn of many classic comic book genres. Some of these genres are still alive and well today such as romance, action, mystery and comedy. There was also a creation of new superheroes like Fantastic Four and Spider Man which helped to define the modern era of comics.
Even if these genres weren't around anymore, the comic book industry would still thrive and grow. It has come a long way since its humble beginnings inked by pencils on old black pieces of paper. Today, books are published on thick paper coated with inkjet or laser printers. These publishing houses have the ability to produce thousands of copies of every book that they publish. They are also able to stay in business because they sell books based on their popularity and sales rather than their artistic skills.
Some of the popular superhero comics from this era include Amazing Spider-Man, Batman, The Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman, Animal Man and many others. The late 1940s to mid- 1950s were considered the Golden Age of Comics because of the number of titles that were being produced and published. Many publishers were producing a variety of different formats which enabled readers to enjoy having hundreds of books to choose from.
Most of these superheroes were based on a traditional concept while others were more of a spoof. The greatest change however, was in the kinds of stories that publishers started publishing. A number of genres emerged and these genres were related to various comic book titles which had been popular in the Golden Age. After that era ended, superheros, action and comedy started taking over most of the market share.
Comic book collectors value their comic books. The price of comic books has been going up continuously since the late 1940s. Some collections of comic books may even reach six figures and higher. With so many titles to collect, and so much older content in circulation, collecting American comic books is something that a lot of people do. A good portion of comic book readers are female and American comic books are rare compared to other countries, most especially European comic books.
There are still many places in the United States where superheroes still are very popular. In fact, there are more places where superheroes are extremely popular than anywhere else in the country. One can see these kind of stores all over in New York City. However, even with the popularity of the Silver Age of comics, there were not nearly as many titles available in this time period, so many of these classic superheroes never get an anniversary card. It is interesting to note that while the Silver Age of comic books was short-lived, it was one of the most prolific eras in the history of American comic books. The reason for this may be that there were no super heroes in this time frame and people were not yet used to seeing these kinds of things.