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]

Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site

Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site

Doug Gilford's great Mad Magazine reference site features cover scans and reference information on every issue of t… [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    

Marvel Mystery Comics #13 (1940) **starting Bid .10** Human Torch, Sub-marinerSuperman #32 - Beautiful Unrestored Higher Grade - Classic Cover! - 1945Strange Tales #9 Rare (aug.1952) Pre-code Atlas (stan Lee) "drink Deep Vampire!"Journey Into Mystery #5 Rare (feb.1953) Pre-code Atlas (bill Everett, Stan Lee)Superman 12 Dc 1941 Wwii Cover Nice Shape!Golden Age Box Lot Incomplete Comics All 1940’s-1950’s (150+ Books!)Tales From The Crypt #24 Ec Golden Age Pre-code Horror Al Feldstein Jack DavisCrime Suspenstories #20 Ec Golden Age Pre-code Horror Classic Hanging CoverSuperman 18 Dc 1942 Fred Ray Wwii Cover Nice Shape!All Select Comics #9 Timely Schomburg Captain America Bucky Human TorchBatman #14 Nice Ow/w Pages Unrestored 2nd Penguin Cover Dc Comic 1942 Gd+Superman #106 Very Nice White Pages Retells Origin Dc Comic 1956 FnFlash Comics 78 Dc 1946 High Grade Golden Age Halloween CoverBatman #12 Nice Ow/w Pages Unrestored Golden Age Joker Story Dc Comic 1942 Gd-vgSuperman #68 Very Nice 1st Lex Luthor Cover Of Title Golden Age Dc 1951 VgSuperman #33 Very Nice White Pages Unrestored Golden Age Dc Comic 1945 Vg+Journey Into Mystery #21 (jan.1955) Pre-code Atlas (maneely Cover, Stan Lee)World's Best Comics 1! Coverless/incomplete! Superman! Golden Age Dc From 1940!Daredevil Comics 11 Classic Charles Biro Torture Cover Rare Lev Gleason 1942Tales From The Crypt #21 2nd Issue! Ec Golden Age Pre-code Horror Al FeldsteinMarvel Mystery Comics #32 (jun 1942, Marvel)Planet Comics #35 Rare (mar.1945) Nice Golden Age ClassicDetective Comics #122 Huge Key! 1st Catwoman Cover Ever! Beautiful! Vg (4-4.5)!Tales From The Crypt #42 Rare Beauty (jun.1954, Ec Comics) Pre-code DraculaWonder Woman #48 Very Nice Unrestored Golden Age Dc Comic 1951 Vg+Sensation Comics #5 Rare Unrestored Golden Age Wonder Woman Dc 1942 Fr-prGreen Lantern Comics 11 Dc 1944 Nice Eye AppealAll American Comics 69 Golden Age Green Lantern Dc Key 1st App 5.0 Vg/fn CgcDetective Comics #211 Nice White Pages Catwoman Cover/story Batman Dc 1954 VgSuperman #27 Nice Unrestored Golden Age Lois Lane Cover Dc Comic 1944 Gd+Superman #34 Very Nice White Pages Unrestored Golden Age Dc Comic 1945 Gd-vgBlack Cat Mystery 45 Cgc 6.0 Fn Harvery 1953 Classic Cover Superman #19 Low Grade But Complete/unrestored Golden Age Dc Comic 1942 FrDime Comics 26 Canadian Hitler In Space Gga Asian Menace Johnny Canuck Cgc ItBatman #40 (apr-may 1947, Dc)Batman #87 Nice White Pages Golden Age Pre-code Dc Comic 1954 VgMystery Tales #22-1954 Fn+ Atlas Marvel Pre-code Horror Matt Fox John ForteTales From The Crypt #22 Ec Golden Age Pre-code Horror Al Feldstein Johnny CraigJourney Into Mystery #22 (feb.1955) Pre-code Atlas (maneely Cover, Stan Lee)Mystery Tales #20-1954 Fn- Atlas Marvel Pre-code Horror / Electric Chair StoryWitchcraft Issue 1 (1952) Classic Pre-code Horror!!! Joe Kubert Art!Venus Comics 3 Atlas 1948 ScarceBatman #85 Nice White Pages Golden Age Joker Story Dc Comic 1954 Vg-Wonder Woman #1 CoverlessBatman #22 Nice Unrestored Golden Age Dc Superhero Comic 1944 GdWonder Woman #50 Very Nice White Pages Used In Pop Golden Age Dc 1951 VgWalt Disney's Comics And Stories, 6 1944 OriginalsBatman #21 Unrestored Ow/w Pages Golden Age Dc Comic 1944 FrThe Haunt Of Fear #6 Ec Comics Golden Age Pre-code Horror Johnny Craig ArtBlack Knight #4 Atlas Comics 1955 Fine- Bright Red Cover Scarce Just 4 In CgcTales From The Crypt #26 Ec Comics Golden Age Horror Wally Wood CoverDetective Comics #83 Nice Ow/w Pages 1st Skinny Alfred Batman Dc 1944 GdVault Of Horror #14-1950 Vg+ Ec E.c. Johnny Craig Wally WoodSuspense Issue 29 Buried Alive Cover, Stan Lee Stories, Classic Atlas Horror!!!Johnny Craig Ec Vault Of Horror #36 Original Black & White Cover Proof 1954!Amazing Adventures #1 - June 1961 - Kirby Ditko - 1st Dr Droom - Mega Key!Tales From The Crypt #46 Ec Golden Age Pre-code Horror Jack Davis Werewolf CoverDective Comics 108 - First Appearance Of Bat Signal Dc Comics G ConditionMad Comics #3 Ec Golden Age Satire Harvey Kurtzman Will Elder Wally Wood ArtThe Haunt Of Fear #13 Ec Comics Golden Age Pre-code Horror Graham Ingles Cover