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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Well it might have had a bumpy start, but it appears The Flash has embraced all the Silver Age goodness that made the title so good for decades and has given fans some stellar moments to remember. Here at ... You know, kinda like the comics themselves...Read more
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the telepathy that she only develops much later in the comics? We also hope that we get the version of Jean who isn't afraid to stand up to Professor X, as seen in X-Men: Season One, rather than the less assertive Marvel Girl of the original Silver...Read more
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of Fredric Wertham's anti-comic book manifesto “The Seduction of the Innocent.” Thanks to The Flash, superheroes began to come back in a big way — and the birth of Barry Allen effectively marked the start of the Silver Age of comics. Make sense? Good...Read more
A Job for Superman: On Multiversity, Convergence and These Precious Mortal ...PopMatters, May 22nd
When Alan Moore teamed with Curt Swan to bid goodbye to the Silver Age Superman (and to the Action Comics and Superman magazines in which he had appeared for so long), it was truly the end of an era. Their “Whatever Happened to the Man of ...Read more
Grant Morrison | 8 Comic Book Writers You Should Be ReadingGeek Snack, May 21st
My personal favourite is Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, which I have talked about at length before but he has made use of more or less everything he possibly could with the Batman mythos, utilised a lot from the silver age of Batman...Read more
Silver Age Silliness: The AvengersComicbook.com, May 10th
In the Silver Age, the Avengers weren't just Earth's mightiest heroes — they were also the planet's goofiest. The Stan Lee/Jack Kirby run on The Avengers is well known and loved for many memorable moments — the Silver Age resurrection of Captain ...Read more
2015 Rittenhouse Avengers: Silver Age Trading CardsThe Cardboard Connection, May 5th
Every case of 2015 Rittenhouse Avengers: Silver Age has one of three Classic Heroes cards. The six-case incentive is a sketch card from Warren Martinek. All are recreations of covers from the first 100 Avengers comics. An Anthony Tan sketch card is the ...Read more
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The beloved Silver Age of Comic Books (1956 - c. 1970) gave rise to a cast of characters and hero teams such as the Justice League of America and the Fantastic Four. The enduring ethos of good versus evil have kept many of these superheroes popular ...Read more