In October 1956, issue number four of “Showcase” comics included a story called “Whirlwind Adventures of the Fastest Man Alive – the Flash!” With this reinvention of a Golden Age comic-book character called the Flash, the Silver Age of comics had begun.

At the time, the comic-book industry was suffering from two major setbacks. First, World War II was over, leaving writers and illustrators with a much smaller pool of stock villains to choose from. Second, Frederick Wertham’s book, “Seduction of the Innocent,” echoed accusations aired at a Senate subcommittee hearing on juvenile delinquency in 1954—in that famous hearing, comic books had been blamed for the rise in deviancy among adolescents and teens.

With the success of the Flash, however, superheroes experienced a rush of new life. Another Golden Age hero, Green Lantern, was resurrected, and Marvel—propelled by the creative output of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and others—produced enduring characters like the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Dr. Doom, and the Amazing Spider-Man.

Unlike the hardy, forever-optimistic heroes of the Golden Age, these characters battled enemies both inside their heads and out on the streets—their human frailties helped readers identify with them. The Silver Age was also contemporaneous with the space race against Russia, and the genre’s fascination with plots and characters that revolved around science—or some imitation of it—spawned characters like the X-Men and settings like Earth-2.

Many comic book collectors peg the end of the Silver Age at 1970, when Jack Kirby left Marvel for DC Comics.


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ComicsAlliance, November 25th

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Comic Book Resources, November 25th

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moviepilot.com, November 25th

The Flash is arguably the best new comic book TV show of this year. The CGI is amazing ... Like many of the Flash's silver age enemies, Lisa is a regular human with no powers, but one who uses high technology items for her activities. Her primary items...Read more

Noe, The Savage Boy: An Irish Tale Of Barbary Pirates
Bleeding Cool News, November 24th

gold in the comic book industry is to be found off the beaten track. Patrick McAleer lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland with his John Carpenter DVD collection and his long boxes of silver age Marvel and noir comics. He loves Gambit and thinks you...Read more

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ComicsAlliance, November 24th

If you go back and actually read Silver Age Batman comics, it turns out that Batman was a pretty faithful adaptation. And nowhere is that more evident than in “Hi Diddle Riddle,” one of the few episodes of the series that was actually lifted directly...Read more

Mark Buckingham To Re-Ink Previously Published Issues Of Miracleman: The ...
Bleeding Cool News, November 16th

Buckingham talked about keeping The Golden Age much as it was when published, scanning in original art where available with D'Israeli recolouring the comics. But The Silver Age issues, Buckingham feels were very inconsistent, and has chosen to reink ...Read more

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ComicsAlliance, October 27th

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