In 1938, “Action Comics” #1 changed the course of print entertainment when Superman was introduced, ushering in what collectors today term the Golden Age of comic books. Coinciding with the start of World War II, Golden Age comics provided an outlet for social desires and fantasies, as heroes with superhuman strength were often put to work fighting the Nazis and other enemies abroad.

Comic books generally sold for about 10 cents each—thanks to their low production cost many titles became quite lucrative for publishing companies. Popular heroes from the Golden Age included Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (from National Periodical Publications, which became DC); Captain Marvel (from Fawcett); and Captain America and the Human Torch (from Timely Comics, the precursor to Marvel).

The Golden Age came to an end around 1954, when a televised Senate subcommittee hearing on juvenile delinquency drew negative attention to the comic book industry for its depictions of violence. Soon after, comic-book publishers established the Comics Code Authority as a way of preventing censorship from the outside by policing itself from within.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Golden Age Comic Cover Gallery

Golden Age Comic Cover Gallery

Ben Samuels' site includes high resolution scans of about 250 classic comic book covers from the 1940s and 50s. Div… [read review or visit site]

Cover Browser

Cover Browser

Philipp Lenssen's incredible archive of over 94,000 comic book covers - Wow! Wham! Yikes! Browse by title from the … [read review or visit site]

TheComicBooks.com

TheComicBooks.com

Jamie Coville's in-progress ode to the history of 20th century comic books. Start with his Newsstand Period Part 1 … [read review or visit site]

Popeye's Thimble Theatre

Popeye's Thimble Theatre

Bruce Shults takes us on a comprehensive Popeye fan tour, from the early comic strips to cartoons and collectible m… [read review or visit site]

Barnacle Press

Barnacle Press

This collection of obscure newspaper comic strips provides scans browsable by title, year and date. Showcases comic… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Batman #1 Cgc 5.5 (restored) Original 1940 Issue - 1c Auction - Low Reserve!Captain America -marvel Comic-no 71 -march- (1949)-trappedAction Comics #13 Cgc 8.5 (restored) Extremely Rare - More Scarce Than Action #1Bob Bishop Estate Four Color Comics #9 (dell 1942) Gd/vg Donald Duck Pirate Gold1943 * Batman #19 * Dc Comics Cgc Graded 5.5 Fn- * Rare White Pages * Joker !!!Justice League Of America #1 Pgx 8.5 (like Cgc) 1960 High Grade 1st App DesperoCaptain America # 29 World War 2 Alex Schomburg Cover 1943 Human Torch StoryHangman Comics #4 Fall 19421944 * Superman #29 * Dc Comics * Cgc Graded 6.5 Fn+ * Rare Off White Pages !!!!1941 * Batman #5 * Dc Comics Cgc Graded 3.0 Gd/vg * Rare Off White Pages * JokerThe Human Torch #8 Vs Sub-mariner World War 2 Alex Schomburg Cover 1942Marvel Mystery # 35 Timely 1942 Alex Schomburg Cover World War 2 Human TorchDc - All American Comics #51 Green Lantern - Very Nice High Grade CopyAction Comics #56 Cgc 4.5....1944 * Batman #24 * Dc Comics Cgc Graded 6.0 Fn * Rare Off White Pages ProfessorNo 41 Superman Comics 5.0 Pgx Graded Dc 1946 Prankster App Spiegel StoryMarvel Mystery Comics #50 1943 Golden Age, Timely Comics, Cgc 7.0Captain America Comics # 39 1944 Alex Schomburg Cover World War 2 Human TorchOriginal Vintage Green Lantern #7 Dc Comic Book Vintage Golden Age FairExciting Comics 29 1943 Black Terror! Schomburg Cover! Cgc 4.0 Nedor PubBatman #33 Cgc Blue Label 5.5 Fn- White Pgs Penguin App Xmas Cover Combine ShipBob Bishop Estate: Walt Disney’s Comics And Stories #9 (dell 1941) Vg! No Res! Superman Number 24 Golden Age 1943 Dc Beautiful Restored Condition1947 * Superman #45 * Dc Comics Cgc Graded 8.5 Vf+ * White Pages * Only 8 HigherAction Comics #34 1941 Cgc 7.5 Cream/off-white Pages Classic Superman Cover! Silver And Golden Age Comic Book CollectionLittle Max Comics #1 2nd App. Little Dot “d Copy” Pedigree Harvey 1948 Cgc 6.5Batman #16 (apr-may 1943, Dc)Keen Detective Funnies #12 December 1939Mystery In Space #38 Cgc Old Blue 8.5 Vf+ Cr/ow River City Highest Graded?Star Spangled Comics #69 Origin 1st App Tomahawk & Atom Bomb Story Vg 1947Action Comics 47 Cgc 5.0 First Lex Luthor Cover 1942Lot 30 Vintage Walt Disney Comics Magazines Books Dell 1940s 1950sTales From The Crypt-e.c. Comics-june-july 1953 Pre-code HorrorBlonde Phantom #20 1948 Marvel Golden Age Comic Book Sub-marinerMore Fun Comics #85 Nov. 1942 Dc Comics Green Arrow Doctor Fate Aquaman SpectreFlash Comics #83, May 1947, 1.8 Gd-Big 3 #4 Good From Fox Featuring The Blue Beetle, The Flame, Samson July 1941 Flash Comics #89 - Hawkman - 1st Thorn - Scarce!Pre-code Horror: Avon Eerie 1, Sexy Cover!, Vg+, NrDetective Comics #83 Cgc 6.0 F Cream/ow! Very Nice BatmanDetective Comics 125 (1947) Cgc 5.5 F- "the Citadel Of Crime"Batman 54Vintage 1941 Pocket Comics #1 Comic Book 100 Pages AntiqueMarvel Mystery Comics #69 (feb 1946, Marvel) Pgx 5.0 Alex Schomburg ** BondageSuperboy No. 68-oct 1958-first Bizarro Story-d.c. ComicSuperman Comic Club Flyer Whelan Drug Stores Wartime 1940's It Is NmSuperman 38 (1946) Cgc 6.5 Fine+ - Iconic Cover And A-bomb StoryBob Bishop Estate: Walt Disney’s Comics And Stories #30 (dell 1943) Gd/vg Nr!Detective Comics #286 Cgc Blue 8.0 Vf Cr/ow Pgs Batman Batwoman *combine Ship*Millie The Model V1 #17, (apr 1949, Sphere Pub/marvel Comic); (fn-)Atomic Comics #1 Good / Fair 1946 Green Publishing Venus #3, End Of World Story! 3.5, Vg-Batman # 33 1946 Batman And Robin Vs. The Penguin And The JackalTerrors Of The Jungle #19 (1952) Pgx 7.5 Vf- Golden Age Comic Book1946 * Superman #43 * Dc Comics Cgc Graded 8.5 Vf+ Off White Pages Only 5 HigherChamp Comics #14 - Human Meteor - July 1941Ec Crime Suspenstories #14 Johnny Craig Original B&w Cover Proof - 1952!Very Nice Tales From The Crypt #22 Feb Mar 1951 - Vintage Ec Comics Number 22Superman #8 (jan-feb 1941, Dc) Classic Cover Cgc 7.5 Golden Age Classic