African comic book heroes from the forties and fifties mark carlsonghost in keeping with the celebration of diversity on this website, the following is a list of african or african american characters featured in american comic books of the 1940s and 1950s. The golden age describes an era in the creation of comic books published between the years of 1938 and 1955. The book is slender and offers little text by feiffer, but reprints in color early stories of the original superheroes. Golden 1938 1950, silver 19561970, bronze 19701985 and modern 1985the present. Greatest 12 characters of the 1950 s who is on this list, what this list is about and how they got on the list. However, original characters didnt start appearing until about 1938 as the earliest comic books were reprinted collections of comic strips. These are the years when comics were considered a new and exciting form of art. In the past, the popularity of superheroes has been primarily influenced by social and political factors including world war ii, the cold war, and the civil rights movement. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options.
Greatest 12 characters of the 1940s comic vine comic. The following is a list of the first known appearances of various superhero fictional characters. These kinds of lists are always less the definitive end of the conversation than the start of one. The following is a list of the first known appearances of various superhero fictional. Comic book superheroes from the 1930s are back quick, to the bat cave. Superhero popularity in past and present america the people. Get the best deals on captain marvel golden age comics 1938 1955. Comicbook controversy is a cautionary tale nbc news. Synopsis this is one of a set of lists i made showing a progression. The collections timespan ranges from the late 1930s through to the early 1960s, and includes many thousands of comic books in the superhero, scifi, and horror genres. Superhero comics are one of the most common genres of american comic books.
May 11, 2017 comic books werent always superheroes and horror stories. I dont think ive ever read a superhero comic book though, not even superman. So keep reading to find out if your favorite heroes made my list, and feel free to respond with your different opinions. Captain america comics 1941 1954 comic series marvel. Atlas comics is the 1950s comicbook publishing label that evolved into marvel comics. Superhero popularity in past and present america the. Magazine and paperback novel publisher martin goodman, whose business strategy involved having a multitude of corporate entities, used atlas as the umbrella name for his comic book division during this time. Jan 21, 20 within the comic book industry, it goes all the way back to the early 1950s. Its an enjoyable and nostalgic, if brief, ride, and worthwhile if the price is right.
Among those making their debuts during this decade were dcs adam strange, an archaeologist with twin jetpacks on his back, and lady blackhawk, alias zinda blake, a selftrained pilot and combat expert. In 1933, funnies on parade became the first color comic book printed in the now standard size of 6 58 x 10 14 inches. The decade was the sixth decade of the 20th century. The importance of superheroes in a broken society comicbook. Superheroes were passe, except for the man of steel, a media star thanks to the adventures of superman 195357, a syndicated program appearing on the medium that had robbed comics of much of its audience. The nazis and the japanese posed formidable threats, and the heroes who took them on needed to be extraordinarily powerful. By the early 1950s the socalled golden age of comics, characters had transitions to mundane activities. For a list of comic book supervillain debuts, see list of comic book supervillain debuts. It was in the 1950s and 1960s that many dc characters were revamped but the amount of marvel characters that came out of 1960s had a bigger impact on comics than any decade that came after. The 20 most obscure superheroes that only true nerds will recognize every character is somebodys favorite, even if that character doesnt hit it big. Sales could be counted in hundreds of millions, and more than 80% of kids and 90% of teens were reading them. This captain marvel was an alien android sent to earth.
The insane history of how american paranoia ruined and. All images and characters depicted are their respective holders, and are used above for informational purposes only. Check out individual issues, and find out how to read them. An american comic book is a thin periodical originating in the united states, on average 32 pages, containing comics. The period from 1938 through the mid1940s represents the peak of comic book popularity. Marvel comics followed suit in the 1960s, introducing characters such as spiderman, the fantastic four, the hulk, thor. Similar to the digital comic museum, which we wrote about last week, comic book plus contains a near inexhaustible quantity of golden and silver age comic books.
Get the best deals on vintage comic book when you shop the largest online selection at. Truth, justice, and the birth of the superhero comic book dpla. Superheroes were passe, except for the man of steel. Apr 02, 2010 the summer of 2011 offers moviegoers several productions based on superheroes and comic books. The 50 greatest comicbook characters movies empire. That goes double for dogs who wear a cape and can fly. The first captain marvel, the one with the magic word shazam, ceased publication in 1953 after years of litigation with dc comics. But you would have to be a true nerd to spot these guys and girls. Jan 01, 2018 though the fight for womens rights existed before wonder woman, and the fight for these rights continue to exist today, the arrival of wonder woman gave women, both kids and adults, an icon to relate and strive to be like. Some strict collectors consider the era finished by 1950. This is a boy reading a comic book getty imageshutton archive.
Browse the marvel comic series captain america comics 1941 1954. Superheroes that first appeared in 1950s comic books have less mainstream visibility today than their 1940s counterparts. The justice league of america becomes one of the bestselling titles in the comics. The war years and the influence of american comics saw the creation of the first genuine british comic book heroes. So, lets have a look at 10 from the 1940s and 1950s featuring some long forgotten comic book girls 1. They were syndicated and ran in newspapers nationwide, so the whole country could follow along with the adventures of superheroes, silly folks, detectives, cowboys and everyday folks in humorous circumstances. Superheroes in comic books through history retro planet.
In the eyedancers, mitchell brant is a comic book collector. The sales of comic books increased markedly during world war ii. In the late 1950s and early 1960s the silver age of superhero comics begins as dc revives golden age heroes such as the flash and green lantern, and teams them up with stillpopular heroes like superman, batman, and wonder woman to form a new superhero team. During the late 1940s and 1950s, young readers were more likely to purchase a comic book about the humorous adventures of teenager archie andrews than one about a superhero. The insane history of how american paranoia ruined and censored. How the code authority kept lgbt characters out of comics. The beginning 1941 1950 the first true superhero movie arrived in 1941, in the shape of a 12chapter serial from republic pictures.
While the foundations of todays industry started in the 1920s, the events of today are shaping the industry of tomorrow. Dc drastically changed the look of some of their superhero characters. As freighted with historical weight as the superheros origins were, titles from that golden age of comic books, which lasted until the early 1950s. Atlas comics is the 1950s comic book publishing label that evolved into marvel comics. They came in romance, comedy and action varieties all featuring a female lead character. Precode issues refer to comic books published prior to marchapril 1955. By the mid1950s, the comic book industry was imperiled.
Mar, 2015 the insane history of how american paranoia ruined and censored comic books. Critics certainly thought so, writes david hajdu in a new book chronicling the rise and fall of. Even if youre not up on marvels ww2 superheroes, blazing skull may look familiar to you likely because of his resemblance to the modern hero ghost rider. In addition to the blonde phantom and a couple of others on this list, marvel introduced female counterparts to captain america, namor and the human torch. Superman is possibly the most recognizable comic book character to this day. Superhero comics feature stories about superheroes and the universes these characters inhabit. The genre rose to prominence in the 1930s and became extremely popular in the 1940s and has remained the dominant form of comic book in north america since the 1960s. Phantom stranger first appeared in the first issue of his own book in 1952. They were turned down by the legion of superheroes because their. Critics certainly thought so, writes david hajdu in a new book chronicling the rise and fall of the. Get the best deals on golden age westerns comics when you shop the largest online selection at. Captain marvel golden age comics 19381955 for sale ebay. Superman and batman were a few of the superhero titles that continued to be published.
The first monthly comic book, aptly titled comics monthly, began publication in 1922, though it also featured reprints of daily newspaper comic strips. Neither of them, though, has what we now call precode issues. Apr, 2003 jules feiffers the great comic book heroes is a loving appreciation of the golden age of hero comics. Rex the wonder dog and detective chimp were introduced to comic book fans before krypto came along. Comic book superheroes from the 1930s are back quick, to. Captain marvel proved to be one of the most popular superhero comics of the golden age. Characters like superman and batman became legends. Pbs superheroestruth, justice and the american way 20. What else can be said synopsis this is one of a set of lists i made showing a. Dec 08, 2011 last week, i started a twopart column on the greatest comic book characters of the 1950s and 60s. Along with fawcett comics superhero captain marvel, dc comics flash and green lantern debuted in 1940.
With the name not in use, magazine publisher myron fass got in on the postbatman superhero craze with his own captain marvel, which appeared in six issues across two titles in 1966 and 1967. Silver age 195669 by the mid1950s, the comicbook industry was imperiled. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. While world war ii was a boon for superhero comics, the wars conclusion proved disastrous for the genre, and most superheroes and supervillains were systematically retired. Another, great character of the 1950s western boom. If you were a child in the 1970s or late 1960s you must remember the cartoon shorts that featured the superheroes. Greatest 12 characters of the 1950s comic vine comic. Mar, 2020 the mid1950s crusade against comic books led by psychiatrist dr. From adam strange to zorro, the second edition of the superhero book delivers on its promise to be the ultimate encyclopedia of comicbook icons and hollywood heroes. The superhero archetype was created and many wellknown characters were introduced, including superman, batman, captain marvel, captain america, and wonder woman. The insane history of how american paranoia ruined and censored comic. Greatest 12 characters of the 1940s who is on this list, what this list is about and how they got on the list. I remember marvel comics, but as a young girl, the only superhero i was interested in was supermanthe original superman. Beginning in the 1950s, dc began publishing revised versions of their 1940s superhero characters such as the flash and green lantern with more of a science fiction focus.
Sep 25, 20 wertham was an anti comic book crusader who did some serious damage back in the 1950s. Beginning in the 1950s, dc began publishing revised versions of their 1940s superhero characters such as the flash and green lantern with. Dc is home to the worlds greatest super heroes, including superman, batman, wonder woman, green lantern, the flash, aquaman and more. During this time, modern comic books were first published and rapidly increased in popularity. Comic book fans and collectors divide the last 80 years of the publication of superhero comic books into four ages.
Nov 01, 2017 world war ii creates a patriotic fervor for starspangled adventurers to represent the american spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950s, superheroes are caught in the fire of. Fredric wertham and his book seduction of the innocent drove bellman out of the industry and into advertising art and. Marvels captain america and dcs wonder woman were first published the following year. The show usually began with a catchy song such as doctor banner, pelted by gamma. The greatest comicbook characters in the canon have been debated and argued over for. Hollywood has discovered that comic book movies are more than a passing fad, resonating with audiences who connect with the humanity behind the costumes. While the form originated in 1933, american comic books first gained popularity after the 1938 publication of action comics, which included the debut of the superhero superman. Marvel has long had the reputation of saturating the comic book market and they were certainly one of the biggest culprits in inundating the market with new female heroes. Why my mother threw out my comic books part 1 of 3 webages by adam blatner reposted november 18, 2009 this is based on a talk given on 61209 to the summer session of the senior university georgetown. By the mid1950s, the comicbook industry was imperiled. But newsstands and shops werent going to risk carrying a comic book without the codes approval any more than large. Many superheroes were temporarily shelved by publishers.
With no evil left to fight, comics like archie, veronica, jughead, and richie rich became the mainstream from the middle of the 50s through the middle of the 1960s. James bond made his first appearance in the novel casino royale in 1953. The first comic book superheroes emerged in the late 1930s and early 40s as products of the building tension and eventual american involvement in world war ii. The golden age of comics comics have been in existence since the end of the 19th century, but it was after the depression that the popularity of newspaper cartoons expanded into a major industry.
The 20 most obscure superheroes that only true nerds will. May 18, 2017 once the war ended, interest in superheroes waned and publishers turned to other comic book genres, like detective stories, westerns, horror and crime. The political influence of comics in america during wwii. What american superheroes came out in the 1940s and 1950s. Dick started as robin then became nightwing soon became one of the greatest heroes of all times and took over the batman mantle. Were comic books the cause for a rising tide of juvenile delinquency in the 1940s and 1950s. First, a brief history of comic books from their origins to the late 1940s.
Blackhawk is the eponymous fictional character of the longrunning comic book series blackhawk first published by quality comics and later by dc comics. May, 2012 the kid eternity comic book combined education, entertainment and incredible art. As an entertainment medium, comics were the digital devices of their day. You or your parents or grandparents might remember some of these popular comic strips from the funny pages back in the 50s. Da da da daaa starts the the adventures of superman 1950s television. For the handful of superheroes who remained in print, their adversaries continued to reflect the headlines of contemporary newspapers. Comics were read by everyone, john jackson miller, a new york times bestselling author and creator of comicchron, a site that tracks comic. In a severely male dominated comic book industry, wonder woman was the first step to a more progressive standard. Captain america comic book artist allen bellman dead new. New stuff the 1930s saw the beginning of the superhero comics as we know them now. No infringement is intended and s remain at source. By the early 1950s, according to the overstreet comic book price guide, one in three periodicals sold in the united states was a comic book.
New events that shape the comics industry are always happening. Magazine and paperback novel publisher martin goodman, whose business strategy involved having a multitude of corporate entities, used atlas as the umbrella name for his comicbook division during this time. Despite its short run, its seen as the earliest superhero fiction comic. Perhaps one of the most important impacts of the golden age was the cementation of. The golden age of comic books describes an era of american comic books from 1938 to 1956. Jun 25, 2019 how the code authority kept lgbt characters out of comics.1017 706 445 713 1475 1438 476 1102 1662 1125 1147 124 370 1032 1116 452 441 687 744 1291 1371 1239 1184 582 396 1341 476 507 328 1115 323 273 698