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The Ages of Comics, by Will Mitchell

We had a recent discussion over on our Facebook group page,  about the different ages of comics.  Starting with the Golden Age, and going to the present.  There have been several different eras and transitional periods since the beginning, so I thought I’d put my two cents in.

1) The Golden Age (Jan 1936 – 1944ish)

New Fun (later More Fun) Comics #1 (first serial comics produced that weren’t newspaper clips) -> The Rise of EC Comics (Super heroes begin to fade out, Horror rises)  This era is notable for the creation of super hero comics and the high patriotism shown by it’s classic characters.

2) The Wertham Era (1944- 1954)

EC Comics Horror comics -> “Seduction of the Innocent” published.  Horror and detective type stories were on the rise, and super hero comics were on the down swing.  Although some super heroes continued to be published, they were few.  Covers depicting women in bondage and horror scenes were prominent.  This era ended with the publication of ‘Seduction of the Innocent’ and the formation of the ‘Comics Code Authority’.

3) The Silver Age (1954 – 1971/73)

Showcase #4 First Barry Allen Flash -> foggy, but the big two companies did it within a couple of years of each other.. Green Lantern v2 #85-86 and Amazing Spider-Man #121.   The silver age was a return to innocence of comics.  The stories were written to target young boys, and super heroes returned to prominence.  With the re-imagining of DC’s stable, and the creation of characters such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, super heroes were back to stay.  This era ended between 1971 and 1973.. with the more adult issues being covered at DC and Marvel.  Green Arrow discovered his sidekick, Speedy was doing heroine, and Spider-Man’s girl friend, Gwen Stacy was killed by the Green Goblin.

4) The Bronze Age (1973ish – 1986)

This age runs until the tumultuous mid- 80’s.  Comics seemed to be growing up, but were still restricted by the CCA.  Characters were drawn more sexy (see the Legion of Super-Heroes of the Cockrum and Grell eras).  Team books were popular, New Teen Titans, X-Men and Legion of Super-Heroes were the top sellers of the day.
Crisis on Infinite Earths, Secret Wars, Dark Knight Returns and The Watchmen, really changed the landscape of comics. Comics became more dark.. grim, gritty and edgy.

5) The Dark Age aka The Iron Age (1986 – 1992)

With the grittiness of the dark age, comics were no longer aimed at the younger readers, and comics are harder to find at your local convenience store or pharmacy. Books go to direct comic stores only. Soon, a group of artists become fed up with not owning their creations and form Image Comics, ending the age, and changing the face of comics forever.

6) The Image Era aka The Copper Age? (1992 – 1998)

Many independent companies become inspired by Image’s success. A wide variety of comics are published, but many die quickly. Variant covers are the norm.. holographic covers, foil covers, books with bullet holes. Speculators buy every #1 and variant book they can get their hands on. Gimmicks are tried by all the publishers. Heroes Reborn, Death of Superman, Batman’s broken back, etc. Marvel filed for bankruptcy and sales plummet.

7)  The Dynamic Age (coined by CBR writer) (1998 – 2004)

The rise of new blood at DC and Marvel (Dan Didio and Joe Queseda) ushered in a time of growth for both companies. The two companies tried new things, including Marvel’s Ultimate Comics line, and DC’s Young Justice, Major Bummer, Chase and more. Overall, it’s a good time to be a fan, with both of the big two basically recovering from the implosion of the previous age.

8) The Event Age (which the name must be changed.. it’s almost a Dark Age 2) (2004-2011)

Things grow darker again, as the Comics Code is removed from many books. Books such as Identity Crisis and X-Men are incredibly dark and violent. Decapitations, rape, and other horrible actions are depicted in many comics.  Event books were published constantly by companies.  Sometimes multiple events were occurring at the same time throughout the companies lines.

9) The Digital Age (2011- Present)

Publishers go day and date digital, meaning, comics are offered online the same day they go to print. It’s specifically marked by DC in September as they released their ‘New 52’.  This age is still going, as the companies continue to perfect their digital releases, and try new things with the technology.  As the use of personal tablets and cell phones grow, it can be assumed that digital comics will grow along with them.

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Lexington Comic & Toy Convention Memories

LexCon 2012

Lexington Comic & Toy Convention  has come and gone, but it still lives in the memories of everyone who visited.  The convention was held on Saturday, March 24th at the Lexington Convention Center (home to the historic Rupp Arena and the University of Kentucky Wildcats).  The con featured comic book creators, publishers, vendors, celebrities and the DeLorean from “Back To The Future”.

The busiest folks at the Con had to be the Power Rangers.  Five members of the Power Rangers cast were in attendance.  Jason David Frank, who played Tommy on several seasons, had a constant line of people wanting autographs and photos.  So much so, that I never got a chance to speak with him.  The others had lines as well, but were a bit more accessible.  Paul Schrier (Bulk) and Jason Narvy (Skull) are incredibly funny in real life.  Catherine Sutherland (Pink Ranger) and Nakia Burrise (Yellow Ranger) were incredibly cool and fun to talk with.  We actually helped them find the show floor on Friday night, and I admit, I geeked out a little bit.

The Power Rangers held an hour long Q&A for fans of the show.  The audience ranged from the very young, to the gray-haired young at heart.  The actors answered every question from the fans given to them, some light-hearted, some serious.  One fan had come from a hard childhood, and commented how The Power Rangers had taught him how to be a good person with their morals on the show.

I attended another panel which featured Mike Grell, legendary artist and writer, and Mark Ryan, writer and voice actor.  The two had an interesting conversation about literary archetypes in fiction.  They also had a Q & A session, answer questions about their joint collaboration called “The Pilgrim.”

I had the opportunity to hang out with reality TV icon Jonny Fairplay (Survivor, TNA Wrestling) and Mikayla Wingle (Survivor, Lingerie Football League).  Jonny is a jokester.  Mikayla is amazingly beautiful and as sweet as she can be. While we were joking around I had a chance to take a picture that they shared on their websites!

I had a great time and have lots of good memories about the entire Convention. As well as national celebrities,   I ran into old friends like Daniel Frazier (The Adventures of Nightclaw and Prowler), Eric Banister (Derby City Comic Con) and Natasha Collier (Kentucky Geek Girl).  All three of these people have appeared on Completely Comics.  Daniel is an artist and a writer and works on his creator owned, all ages comic, The Adventures of Nightclaw and Prowler.  Eric Banister is a convention organizer himself, and put together Derby City Comic Con, an annual convention held in Louisville, Kentucky.  Natasha Collier is the Kentucky Geek Girl.  She’s a friend to our show, and hosts a fantastic blog, focusing on all things geeky from a girl’s perspective.

I even ran into other podcasters.  Comics Related was there (Irun into them at every convention I go to).  They’ve been around for awhile, and have always been friendly.  We ran into the guys from Comic Book Jerk.  Hilariously funny, I highly recommend watching their reviews of comic book related movies and shows (just not with your children).  I met the folks from Beaucoup Pop.  We had just discovered these folks, with the help of Natasha Collier (Kentucky Geek Girl) and have loved listening to their show.

The best memory for me, however, was watching Mike Grell sketch a drawing of Shadow Lass of the Legion of Super-Heroes.  The funniest moment..?  Getting locked out of the Con with Jonny Fairplay.. and beating on the doors to get in.

Convention organizer, Jarrod Greer, has a success on his hands. Over 4000 attended the convention, which was unexpected for the Lexington area.  There was at first a question if there was a strong enough interest in a convention such as this in Lexington Kentucky.  The turnout was great enough that next year, the con will be expanded to a two day event, held on March 16th and 17th.

We will be posting our show ‘Completely the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention’  featuring highlights and interviews!  Stay tuned to Completely Comics!

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Completely The Fear Itself Panel!

For 4 minutes sit in the C2E2 ‘Fear Itself’ panel at C2E2.

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Completely Treating Comic Conventions As Family Time!

In 2 minutes meet a family that travelled two hours to attend C2E2. I ❤ family bonding.

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The Walking Dead on AMC marathon

AMC has announced a marathon for the hit The Walking Dead TV series.  It will be a two day marathon starting on Tuesday, January 18th.

Additionally, AMC has approved a 13 episode Season Two!

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