“He’s like an underwater Tarzan.” -Lisa VanLiew Aquaman has always taken the back burner next to his Justice League teammates, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Wonder Woman. His powers, like breathing underwater and communicating … [Read more...]
Examining Green Lantern #76… the Day the Silver Age Died
After the Comics Code shut down the early experimentation of the Golden Age of comics, the Silver Age was born. This glorious (and silly) period lasted from about 1954 to 1970. The times were changing and the comic world could no longer ignore the … [Read more...]
Remembering the Death of Superman
The Silver Age of comic books was a special time of relative innocence, an innocence which often gets rattled by the more brutally realistic concepts of modern comics. One of the toughest of these was the graphic novel "The Death of Superman," a … [Read more...]
Supergirl: A Silver Age Heroine for a Modern Day Audience
Most comic book fans are readily aware of at least one version of DC Comics popular female Kryptonian and most would agree that the ultimate incarnation is Kara Zor-El herself. A character popular among fans for decades now will finally be getting … [Read more...]
The Inspirations Behind Superman
Superman is so deeply rooted in popular culture that virtually everything about him, his origin story, and his supporting cast almost seem to have simply always existed. But the reality is that Superman, his pals, and his story were based on a number … [Read more...]
Why is there more than one Captain Marvel?
In 1938, Superman soared to the page and ushered in the Golden Age of comics. Nearly every comic book publisher scrambled to come up with a similar character, hoping to hit it big with another superhero. One publisher by the name of Fawcett Comics … [Read more...]
The Origin of Batman’s One Rule
If you ask a Batman fan what Batman's one rule is, chances are that he or she will immediately reply that it is his refusal to kill. Indeed, for many decades, Batman has been portrayed (with a few exceptions) as refusing to kill, and often refusing … [Read more...]
Wonder Woman: The riveting creation of this enduring Golden Age comic book character
If our modern day hard-hitting reality has you thinking that the Golden Age of comic books was a simpler, more idyllic era; a time of innocence and a clear line between good and evil, you must consider the history of one of the epoch's most enduring … [Read more...]
The popularity of golden age and silver age comic book characters is not a FLASH in the pan.
Hold on to your hats comic book aficionados because once again The Flash is gracing the small screen on the CW network. With the cultural success of comic books, it's no wonder pop culture entertainment yet again taps into the vast well of content … [Read more...]
What defines the Golden Age from the Silver Age of Comic Books?
The Golden Age of Comic Books is an epoch that saw a surge in the American comic book industry generally lasting from the late 1930s until the late 1940s or early 1950s. This period is noted for the birth of "modern" comic books, mostly defined … [Read more...]
WACKY BATMAN COVERS
We celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman with a look at some of his greatest and strangest covers! … [Read more...]
SUPERMAN! Great Early Cover!
SUPERWORLD and WORCESTER ART MUSEUM CELEBRATE COMICS CULTURE!
The actual SCREEN WORN COSTUME from the 1989 BATMAN Film will be on display at the WORCESTER ART MUSEUM this weekend along with the first comic book to refer to him as THE DARK KNIGHT, Detective Comics #45 on loan from SUPERWORLD … [Read more...]
Closing out St Patrick’s Week with a pair of Emerald Heroes!
SUPERMAN vs CAVEMAN!
These Silver Age Superman's feature some of the wackiest covers you'll ever find. Never mind the whole concept that a Caveman stole Supes costume and now he has to fight him wearing what look to be wooden planks for shorts-- check out the girl with … [Read more...]
DC Fridays! THE JUSTICE LEAGUE!
In the early days of the Silver Age comics editors often had characters giving an explanatory word balloon so the reader knew what was going on. In this example, you'd have to wonder why any members of the League wouldn't have turned around to grab … [Read more...]