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The Iron Age of Comic Books

The years between 1968 and 1978 represented the Iron Age of comics. During this period, comic book conventions became very popular and began popping up all around the country.

Shops and stores began to specialized in comic books and comic book characters, posters, banners and toys that are associated with comic books. This brought forth a whole new perspective on the buying, selling, and trading of comic books and comic book memorabilia.

Superhero costumes for Holloween and costume parties became big hits with children and adults alike. Super hero television series and cartoons were popular and every boy had a super hero that he adored.

Characters like Bat Man, The Avengers, Captain America, Iron Man, Super Man, Spider Man, The Falcon, The X-Men, Hawk Man, The Flash, The Incredible Hulk, The Atom, Aqua Man, The Scarlet Witch, Thor, and Green Lantern.

Dare Devil, Super Girl, The Fantastic Four, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, The Teen Titans, The Defenders, and Wonder Woman, Luke Cage, The Submariner, became even more popular with new generations of readers and pushed the interest in comic book collecting to a new level.

The writers and the publishers tapped into the imaginations of readers and reinvented comic book characters as everyday people, making them vulnerable, funny, lovable, moody, good and bad, as well as giving them powerful personalities. Characters took on a human side, along with their roles as super heroes and villains.

During the Iron Age of Comics, Marvel and DC comics began releasing dozens of new titles, characters, and storylines, trying to gain an edge in the comic book industry.

They used old storylines and intermingled with new storylines and characters. Comic book heroes teamed up to fight against villains who were more powerful than any one super hero standing alone and heroes and villains sometimes teamed up to meet specific and pressing challenges.

That made it necessary for the writers to incorporate events and challenges that threatened the survival of all that were involved, making it necessary for arch enemies to become allies, even for just a short time.

Some super villains turned good and some heroes turned bad or walked a thin line between good and evil, depending on the storyline. That gave comic book stories a more realistic feel and helped propel comic book characters into realistic scenarios.

And it made readers yearn to find out what happened in the next issues. The only way to keep up with what was going on in the comic book world was to buy the next issue.

Therefore, comic books took on the appeal of soap operas for those who enjoyed reading them, and even today, many baby boomers still frequent comic book shops and stores to read up on their favorite super heroes of their childhoods.

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