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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Chicago's C2E2 comic and pop culture convention this weekendThe Plain Dealer (blog), April 21st
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DC Comics' 'Multiversity' Will Finally Arrive In August From Grant Morrison ...ComicsAlliance, April 14th
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Silver for Timely's Golden Age and Gold for Marvel's Silver AgeBleeding Cool News, April 3rd
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Preview of Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics, Vol. 1: 1966 – 1967Flickering Myth (blog), March 24th
The Silver Age Caped Crusader comes to IDW's Library of American Comics this week as the publisher teams up with DC Entertainment to give the deluxe archival treatment to the classic Batman newspaper strip of the 1960s, which is set to be collected for ...Read more