Welcome to a new series I’m doing about the History of Comic Books. We’ll start with the Golden Age.
Eastern Color Printing was the first company to publish comic books. Their first comic was Famous Funnies, published in 1934. Many other anthology -based comics followed suit, but it was not until 1939 that things changed.
Action Comics #1 was published by National Comics, which we know today as DC. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In his first appearance , Superman was different from the hero we know today. He was much more aggressive than he is nowadays, and he leaped instead of flying. He worked for the Daily Star instead of the Daily Planet (its name was changed thanks to the radio show based on the comic book). Other superheroes soon arrived on the scene, below are more examples:
The Golden Age ended in 1955. As it continued, superhero comics began to wane in popularity, caused by two factors. The first was the end of WWII, as many of the superheroes were fueled by the propaganda of the time. The second was caused by the popularity of another fad, which I will chronicle in chapter 3, Entering the Crypt. But next up, the birth of Archie Comics.
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