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The Golden Age of Comics

The Golden age of comic books started in the 1930s and ended in the 1950s. Before the golden age, comics were a selling tool for daily newspapers because many people could not read but they could see the stories develop in the art work along with the print.

Comic books, dolls, super hero figurines, trading cards, and other collectible memorabilia from the Golden Age of Comics sell for thousands of dollars at auctions, comic book stores, antique shows, and conventions.

During this period, more and more people were learning to read and comic books became a prime source of easy reading material. Many comic book readers became attached to the characters, the art work, and the continuing storylines.

Once news and other publishing organizations realized the popularity of comics, they started printing comic books in large numbers and it didn't take long for comic books to make a mark in the publishing industry.

Comic books became very popular during the World War II years when many readers were members of the army, navy, or other armed forces. Reading comic books helped fight boredom and anxiety.

Most of the comic books printed around this time had a war theme to them. Comic book characters like The Submariner, The Human Torch, Whizzer, The Destroyer, Miss America, The Vision, and Captain America portrayed strength and determination in the fight against the enemies of the allied forces.

Some of these same super hero characters went on to fight crime in our cities and streets and many of them are still seen today in comic books, on television, and in the movies.

During the war years, many Americans at home began reading comics, too. Reading comics was a way to ease worry about their family members overseas and to escape the realities of a harsh and brutal war.

Comic books were also used as an aid in the war effort. Readers were asked to send in donations of money and/or anything that could help the war cause.

Captain America and his sidekick, Bucky, fought the Nazi war machine, pitting them against the Red Skull, Baron Zemo, and other super villains. Bucky was eventually killed and Captain America was frozen in a state of suspended animation until revived by the Avengers in 1964.

After World War II, many Americans looked to the 1950s for peace and a better world than they had experienced in the 1940s. The violence depicted in comics became unwanted and the sales of comic books declined due to the downsizing of bases and other military installations where comics were very popular.

There is a huge market for comic book memorabilia and the better the condition of the books, figurines, and other collectibles from this period, the more valuable they are.

 

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