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The Silver Age of Comic Books

After a lull in the sale of comic books during the 1950s, the comic book industry took off again during the 1960s. This period in comic book history is known as the Silver Age of comics and comic book collectors love it.

The Silver Age of Comics brought a whole new group of super hero toys, clothing, t-shirts, underwear, tennis shoes, and other fashions with super hero characters on them, collectible cards, and other memorabilia rejuvenated by the comic book craze.

Many comic book super heroes like Captain America, Super Man, Bat Man, Iron Man, The Submariner, and Hawkman were updated during this time while a whole new class of comic book characters began making their mark.

Although other wars were being fought, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even the Cold War, comics changed from war stories to the issues of everyday American life in the cities and on the streets.

Then a whole new cast of super heroes came into being, fighting super criminals alone and teaming up with others in a quest to make the earth a safe place to live. These new characters took the popularity of comic books to a whole new level.

Super heroes like Bat Man and Robin, Martian Manhunter, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aqua Man, Dr. Fate, Blue Beetle, The Atom, Green Arrow, Super Girl, Hawk Girl, Sgt. Rock, Red Tornado, Firestorm, Elongated Man, The Justice League of America, The Teen Titans, and The Legion of Super Heroes made DC comics a major force in the comic book business.

DC brought in a cast of super villains to take their place on center stage along with the super heroes. Villains like Lex Luthor, Sonar, The Joker, Poison Ivy, The Spectre, The Riddler, Bizarro, Metello, Gray Man, Brainiac, Doomsday, Toy Man, The Penguin, Darkseid, Cat Woman, Mister Mxyzptlk, Mr Freeze, and other bad guys.

This period was also dominated by Marvel Comics, which brought to life such popular characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Dare Devil, The Black Panther, Dr. Strange, The Defenders, The Incredible Hulk, Hercules, Hawkeye, Vision, The Mighty Thor, Luke Cage, Captain Marvel, and Wolverine.

Also on board were She Hulk, The Scarlett Witch, Giant Man, The Wasp, Ant Man, Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., Ghost Rider, The Punisher, Blade, Conan The Barbarian, and many other characters.

Marvel super villians fought it's heroes in a life or death struggle to gain supremacy over the world. These villians included Thanos, Apocalypse, Dr. Doom, Dr. Octopus, Scorpion, Sand Man, Kang, Green Goblin, Magneto, Mystique, Galactus, Sabretooth, Electro, Toad, Rhino, Carnage, The Vulture, Gargoyle, Mole Man, Juggernaut, Loki, The Skrulls, King Pin, Venom, The Wrecker, Titannus, and Bulls Eye.

Western characters were brought to life, too. Gunfighters like Kid Colt, The Two Gun Kid, Cheyenne Kid, Gun Hawks, Restless Gun, Tomahawk, Red Wolf, and The Rawhide Kid were popular comic book characters of the day. At times, some western heroes were even brought to the future to help modern day super heroes fight on the side of justice.

Other comic book characters were brought to life at this time, too. The Archie comic books, featuring Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jug Head brought a lighter side to comic books and for years, held it's own as a premier magazine.

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