DISCOVER COMICS by ERA
To make your comic search easier we have organised our comics in multiples ways, one of which is by era. We have used what we consider to be the most commonly accepted and logical definitions within the industry and community. If you require a narrower search you can type in a specific year, publisher, creator or title and all relevant items will come up. Type the first three letters of any month and a year into the search box if you are looking for a birthday gift.
The modern age
2000 - now
As the Modern Age remains open for the foreseeable future we believe the start of the current century is the logical place for it to begin. In the last two decades comics have entered the digital age in all senses: printing, art production, format and consumption. Comics have also infiltrated bookstores under the pseudonym ‘Graphic Novels’. Diversity of genre under a wider than ever range of publishers has helped to bring comics closer to all other cultural mediums whilst superheroes still thrive on the big and small screen.
The copper age
1986 - 1999
You may also see this described as The Baroque Age, The Iron Age, The Dark Age or the Image Comics Age. 1986 was a watershed year in the history of comics as instant classics, Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, redefined what mainstream comics could be and who should be reading them. The 1990’s saw a short-lived comics ‘boom’ as new X-Men and Spider-Man #1s achieved massive sales figures thanks to speculative buying. Dark Horse and Image were founded shaking the Marvel/DC dual market share monopoly.
The bronze age
1970 - 1985
The Bronze Age was an incredibly rich era in comics. The Comics Code Authority’s grip on creativity weakened. Mainstream comic creators began tackling mature themes such drug abuse and domestic violence and responding to feminism and the civil rights movement. Numerous female characters first appeared in the 1970’s whilst Black Panther and Luke Cage gained their own titles. The Underground Comix movement in both the U.S. and the UK was vibrant, prolific and full of rebellious punk attitude.
The silver age
1956 - 1969
The first appearance of Barry Allen as The Flash in Showcase #4 in 1956 is solidly accepted as the moment that the Silver Age of comics began. DC and Marvel began to establish themselves as the two dominant publishers with a renewed focus on superheroes. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four for Marvel. In 1961, Infantino and Broome’s Flash of Two World’s story birthed the comic book multiverse for DC. Silver Age collectors sometimes refer to this as the 10 cent cover era.
The goldeN age
1938 - 1955
In the late 1930s and 40s the superhero genre was born in perfect tune with the spirit of WWII America. Superman was quickly followed by Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel (Shazam) and Captain America and, they were all punching Nazis. Interest in superheroes declined during post-war years and publishers veered towards classic pulp genres such as western, sci-fi and horror, at least
until the establishment of the Comics Code Authority. Most Golden Age comics are now extremely scarce.