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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The Flash: 15 Things You Didn't Know (Part 1)PPcorn (blog), February 8th
The Silver Age of Comics is what happened when DC Comics relaunched several of their characters, including Batman, Superman, and the Green Lantern. However, the Flash was the very first of these characters to get a makeover. Stay tuned for part two of ...Read more
Rob Liefeld, Deadpool and True Creator CreditComicsAlliance, February 8th
Just like Bob Kane, Rob Liefeld designed Deadpool and plotted the stories first featuring the character, but if you go back and read those old New Mutants and X-Force comics, the character is very different to who he is today. Deadpool was one of...Read more
Every brand had a swoosh phaseMinneapolis Star Tribune, February 8th
Despite the gloriously silly super-science of Silver Age Superman, with its time-travel, transformation rays, and bottled cities, the engine rusted under the hood. The "gloriously silly" era was juvenile for a good reason: the comics were for kids...Read more
Is Legends of Tomorrow Building THIS Famous DC Team?moviepilot.com, February 7th
Hawkman made their first on screen appearances during this season's Flash/Arrow crossover before becoming a part of the Legends of Tomorrow team. In the comics, Hawkman is a founding member of the team and Hawkgirl joined during the Silver Age...Read more
What Superheroes Were Doing During Super Bowl 1Comicbook.com, February 7th
In January 1967, the Silver Age of comics was firmly underway. Marvel had already cycled through two rosters of Avengers, while DC's Justice League of America was nearing the end of its stay at Happy Harbor while slowly expanding its roster. To...Read more
The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2 Comic Books, FilmComic Book Resources, February 7th
Fortunately for the "Flash" TV series, Berlanti and company got a lot of their darker, grittier impulses out of the way with "Arrow," leaving the Fastest Man Alive to be as bright and cheerful as a Silver Age comic. Catch up with The Biggest Superhero...Read more
The Trouble With SupermanThe Atlantic, February 7th
Per Grant Morrison's critically acclaimed All-Star Superman (2005), a love-letter to the Silver Age of Superman comics, Clark Kent is a man whose god-like power is his incredible empathy, juxtaposed against strange and dastardly villains—tyrant suns...Read more
BAM! Comic-book treasure trove goes on saleNorwalk Reflector, February 6th
Like most comics from the so-called Silver Age (1956 to 1970) and Bronze Age (1970 to 1982), Meeker said, these comic books were read and the collector didn't fret—like most do today—about perfectly preserving the corners and avoiding dreaded creases...Read more