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 ...
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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long and storied history of The Last Son of Krypton, from his earliest incarnation when he launched the Golden Age of comics through his bizarre adventures in the Silver Age of comics to the modern era, where he continues his never-ending battle...Read more
Comics AM | Silver Age artist Dan Adkins passes awayComic Book Resources, May 9th
Passings | Silver Age artist Dan Adkins died earlier this month at the age of 76. Adkins, who began with self-published zines before becoming a freelance illustrator, served as Wally Wood's assistant. As a member of Wood's studio, he was one of the...Read more
DC Comics news: Various Superman items and film advice from Kevin FeigeExaminer.com, May 8th
the characters of involved with the Superman saga debuted in "Action Comics #1", longtime rival and lover Lois Lane actually did; DC Comics has done little to promote her, even though she once had her own ongoing series during the Silver Age of comics...Read more
Retro Rules In Haspiel's Red HookBleeding Cool News, May 1st
The color range, from cerulean blue to blood red and buttercup yellow, goes hand in hand with the short story format, which he presents in a nod to the multi-story comics full of shorts featuring heroes in the Silver Age, one of his biggest influences...Read more
Stunning Frank Miller Dark Knight original art at Heritage Auctions in MayArt Daily, April 26th
A truly high-grade copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, and what is easily the most sought after Silver Age comic book of all, is the top comic book in the auction, and is expected to bring more than $85,000. The event also...Read more
Ask Chris #151: Flash! Savior Of The Universe!ComicsAlliance, April 26th
Barry Allen's introduction ushered in the Silver Age, bridged the gap with the Golden Age by introducing the concept of Earth-2, and his death, maybe The Last Good Death In Comics, arguably marked the end of the Bronze Age, and even after his eventual...Read more