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The Golden Age of DC Comics comes to life with this collection of sixteen archival-quality reproductions from the past. Classic covers are presented in this unique, eco-friendly format for a new generation of fans to enjoy. Each month s 11 x14 image is printed on heavy, 100% recycled paper with soy-based inks, and removes easily to fit a standard frame.
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The Golden Age and Silver Ages of Comic Books - By Bill Jourdain
Comic strips and cartoons have been around since at least the early 1800s, but what most people recognize as comic books didn t really exist until in the early 1930s, when several enterprising publishers experimented with reprinting Sunday newspaper funnies in book format. At first these were giveaways to promote stores or merchandise, but with the publication of Famous Funnies #1 in May of 1934, the first regular ten-cent newsstand comic book was born. The success of Famous Funnies (which continued to reprint newspaper strips) led to new comic books with original content, and ultimately the birth of the Golden Age of comic books.
The birth of the Golden Age of comic books introduced an entirely new element into newsstand comics the super hero. National Periodical Publications (later, DC Comics) probably had no idea that the introduction of Superman in Action Comics #1 (with a June 1938 cover date) would be such a huge success. In fact, the tremendous popularity of Superman led to the sale of millions of super hero comic books by numerous publishers. It also led to the creation of American cultural icons that are today recognized around the world.
After Action Comics #1, the number of comic book super heroes increased exponentially in just a few years. Along with Superman, DC Comics saw huge success with Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Hawkman, the Flash, the Spectre, and many others. Other publishers, like Fawcett Comics, sold millions of copies of their own brand of super heroes such as Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr. and Mary Marvel (DC Comics later acquired the publishing rights to the entire Marvel Family from Fawcett).
All good things must come to and end, and the Golden Age was no exception. With the end of World War II, the sales of super hero comic books began to decline, and the 1950s brought the end to the popularity of many of these characters. Television became the entertainment of choice for most children and comic book stories involving crime, horror, westerns, science fiction and other themes surged in popularity.
Throughout the 1950s, DC continued to publish the comic books with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, but sales were lower than before. In late 1956, DC decided to bring back previously retired super heroes, updating them from the early days. DC held its breath with the publication of Showcase #4 (September-October 1956) with a new take on the Flash. It was a huge success, and the Silver Age of Comic Books was born. DC proceeded to reinvent their other 1940s heroes, and the rest, as they say, is history. The Silver Age of Comic Books led to the uninterrupted publication of the super hero stories we read today, and the success of these heroes in television, film and other media.
Bill Jourdain has been collecting comic books for over 35 years and has an extensive collection of Golden Age and Silver Age titles. Bill produces the Golden Age of Comic Books podcast (goldenagecomics dot org), which focuses on the comics, creators and characters from the 1940 s to the late 1950 s. Bill writes the Comics Then column for Comics Now! magazine, and has had his writing featured in Alter Ego magazine. Since 1996, Bill has maintained a web site devoted to the Golden Age Batman and related characters (goldenagecomics dot org). Bill resides in north Georgia with his wife and two children, and when not reading comics, is practicing law, playing tennis or chasing DX with his Extra Class amateur radio license.
--Shoulder to Shoulder: Comic Book Heroes in the Golden and Silver Ages - By Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg
They smile out at us from those bright, bold, brassy covers. Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, and so many more. Sta --Officially Licensed This is an officially licensed product of DC Comics.
They smile out at us from those bright, bold, brassy covers. Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, and so many more. Stalwart symbols of truth and justice standing shoulder to shoulder in the battle against the dark forces.
The camaraderie and easy friendship enjoyed by so many of the heroes of the Golden Age speaks to a mood that suffused that era and endeared its characters to a generation of economically depressed and war-weary Americans. Decades before we were greeted by the grim and gritty reinterpretations of comic book characters heroes who dwelt in the shadows and frequently came into conflict not just with dastardly criminals but their own spandex-garbed colleagues the stars of titles like Action Comics, Detective Comics, and World s Finest Comics were only too happy to collaborate on missions and revel in their status as our nation s (and world s) protectors.
Whether it s Superman leaping out of the cover and toward the reader with a smile on his chiseled face or Captain Marvel triumphantly taking flight with the support of six gods at his side, there s nothing quite like the brazen bravado of the early super heroes. Just try to picture the Dark Knight Batman of the 1980s joining Robin and Superman on the snowy slopes for a bit of skiing. And surely that s not the feared avenger of the Gotham City streets and his trusty sidekick hanging out with Santa Claus!
Many of DC s heroes even formalized their friendships through the Justice Society of America, an amalgam of adventurers pledged to fight as a team. After all, if kids loved reading about the solo escapades of their favorite heroes, wouldn t they like to see all of them working together in a single story? The idea also addressed a potent subconscious element in the super hero mythos if children identified at all with the heroes, they might want to see them behaving as they would behave, spending time with friends in a clubhouse environment. Of course, the average club didn t have Wonder Woman keeping the minutes! At least the startling Silver Age arrivals of Supergirl and Batgirl heralded a greater representation of female heroes joining their male counterparts in what had previously been a bit of a boys only domain, and Wonder Woman was able to relinquish her pencil and pad.
When the time came to revitalize the super hero genre in the late 1950s, DC turned to that same formula of friendship and fraternity to unite its updated stars in the Justice League, re-establishing the success of the super-team concept and inspiring other comic book companies to form fantastic teams of their own. It s a tradition that continues to this day, and although the comic book heroes and the world in which they live have grown a bit more complicated, there is still at the core of it all a bond that exists between all those that crusade for good and right, just as there is a bond between them and their dedicated readers.
Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg is Curator of Geppi s Entertainment Museum and author or co-author of Pop Culture with Character, Zombiemania, The Big BIG LITTLE BOOK Book, The Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide (2nd and 3rd editions) and Howe s Transcendental Toybox. He has written for Cinescape, EON Magazine, Now Playing, Dreamwatch, The International Journal of Comic Art, Comic Book Marketplace, Borderline, and Overstreet s Fan. He previously served as Editor of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. He holds a doctorate in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and teaches a course in comic book literature at the University of Maryland.
This calendar is part of a collector's series featuring archival-quality reproductions of Golden and Silver Age covers from the DC Comics pantheon. Each year brings 16 different cover reproductions from actual comic books from this memorable era. The covers from this premiere edition are Courtesy of the Geppi Entertainment Museum, and collector Bill Jourdain.
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