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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You do get a powerful sense of theme from the presentation. As you might expect, the cards are full of quality art that'll bring a special joy to fans of classic silver age comics. But there's not much in the way of sound or animations. And while the...Read more

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Comic Book Resources, October 22nd

The Flash has found its story engine, and it works. If you think about it, Silver Age comics were based on the freak-of-the-week (or, rather, month) concept, with a hero battling a villain while also confronting personal issues, rinse and repeat. The...Read more

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Batman-News, October 22nd

The charm of this series, particularly the writing, goes two ways: it's fun reading stories that could have easily been broadcast on television in the Sixties, with the comic serving as a true continuation of the series, but it's also great seeing...Read more

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Bleeding Cool News, October 21st

Dean Haspiel is never still. When I asked him recently what he was currently working on, he said Fox Hunt for Dark Circle Comics at Archie with Mark Waid, Garbage Pail Kids for IDW, and a couple more specific projects off the record. He tacked on an ...Read more

The Flash Vol. 4: Reverse
Under the Radar Mag, October 21st

Yet the villain's actual identity and backstory are sort of cliché, not to mention his real identity's two degrees of separation from The Flash is the kind of comic coincidence that belongs firmly back in the silver age. The art is the best part. Super...Read more

A Five-Year Plan to Turn DC Comics Movies Into a Match for Marvel
Businessweek, October 16th

The Marvel movies have their own semi-serious gestalt echoing that of the classic Silver Age comics written by Stan Lee in the 1960s. The recent Superman and Batman movies from Warner Bros. have been more grim. Warner Bros. is also investing heavily in ...Read more

10 Cool Gadgets and Gizmos from the Silver Age of S.H.I.E.L.D. Comics
Comicbook.com, September 23rd

Here are 10 of the coolest, most fun gadgets and gizmos that were featured in these Silver Age S.H.I.E.L.D. comics While some of these inventions were inevitably relegated to the “best left forgotten” pile, a number of them went on to become a part of ...Read more

Interview with Arlen Schumer
Sequential Tart News, September 21st

Schumer is a professional illustrator who became known as a historian of comic book art with his independently published book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art in 2003. This fall, Schumer and Archway Publishing are bringing out revised edition of the...Read more