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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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Episode 51: Completely Conglomeration 2012

Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 51: Completely Conglomeration 2012

Listen while we share our take on what is BIG in the Comics Industry. During Conglomeration 2012 we led a panel titled, Comics Round-up. This is the recording of that panel.

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We share a quick introduction and then chat about big comic book news from past year.

  • We talk about the impact of DC’s New 52
  • We answer ‘What is The Culling’
  • We discuss The Court of Owls
  • We talk about DC’s Next Wave
  • We share details and predictions about Avengers vs X-Men
  • We share how DC Nation, Marvel Universe,  and the Movies “The Avengers”, “Dark Knight Rises”, “The Man of Steel” can only benefit the comic industry.
  •  We discuss how Digital Comics, Comicxology and webcomics like Tart  are the next big thing.
  • During our question and answer time we talk about such varied things as : Why is Dark Shadows a comedy; and Why were there aliens in the last Indiana Jones movie; and  discuss that Hunger Games is the first number 1 movie with two main actors from Kentucky. We also talk about movie remakes in general and share how you can get some cool AvX coasters!

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Episode 42: Completely Some Assembly Required!

Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 42: Completely Some Assembly Required!

This week the Complete Comics gang share all the comic book news that is the news across the nation! (Kudos if you get the Hee Haw reference.)

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1) Welcome!

We extend a warm welcome to our new and returning listeners.

2) Update with the guys

  • Troy news
  1. Lost Re-watch (via Netflix)
  2. Facebook Campaign
  • Will news
  1. Tart Webcomic http://tartwebcomic.blogspot.com/p/tart-webcomic-issue-01.html
  2. Avengers vs X-Men

3) Comic Book News

  • News of the week from comics

ICv2 estimated value of the digital comics market in 2011 was $25 million, triple the 2010 figure, and predicts that digital will account for 10 percent of the entire comics market in 2012. Digital sales grew faster in the second half of the year, which ICv2 attributes to three factors: DC’s decision to release its New 52 comics digitally the same day as print, the industry-wide trend toward same-day print and digital releases, and the proliferation of different platforms on which to read digital comics.

SMALLVILLE Season 11.  Written by former Smallville show scribe Bryan Q. Miller, the new digital first series will be published digitally on April 13, 2012, with new digital chapters released weekly thereafter. Additionally, the online chapters will be offered in a print periodical, along with an episode guide to the hit television series, with the first print issue released on May 16. The new comic book series picks-up where the show left off.

May marks another first for the “New 52” era of DC Comics — oversized annuals for Batman, Teen Titans and Animal Man.

The Batman annual is co-written by series writer Scott Snyder with James Tynion IV.  the issue will feature the debut of classic villain Mr. Freeze in DC’s New 52 continuity, and fit into the building Court of Owls storyline.

The regular Teen Titans team of writer Scott Lobdel and artist Brett Booth are joined on that book’s annual by co-writer Tom DeFalco. The issue kicks off a crossover that continues in Superboy #9, Legion Lost #9 (written by DeFalco), Teen Titans #9 and The Ravagers #1. In a post on The Source, Lobdell reveals that the comic will feature the first glimpse of “the Colony,” and introduce much of The Ravagers cast.

The Animal Man annual is written by series writer Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Timothy Green II.  “In many ways this Annual is like a prequel to the crossover storyline that Scott Snyder and I have planned for Animal Man and Swamp Thing,” Lemire said in a post on The Source.

Comic Sales for January.  DC leads the pack with most units sold, with a clean sweep of the top ten best selling comics, according to Diamond.  Marvel, however is the leader in Dollar Market for the second month in a row.

  • Multi-Media comic related news

The Walking Dead returns with new episodes on February 12!  Followed by the new show Comic Book Men.

Doctor Who Season 7 is set to begin filming Februrary 20th.  The new season of Who will be a momentous one: as we know, Karen Gillan (Amy) and Arthur Darvill (Rory) are set to make their final voyage in the TARDIS this season, and the Doctor is set to meet a “new friend.” And with the 50th anniversary looming in 2013, there are sure to be many surprises to come.

Avengers Superbowl Trailer = Awesome

4) Review of Avengers on Facebook.  www.facebook.com/avengers

5) Wiki of the Week – Ghost Rider http://www.comicvine.com/ghost-rider/29-4268/

6) Muy Bueno and honorable mentions

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #6
How did Jason Todd and Princess Koriand’r of Tamaran meet – and what has bonded them together in a way that neither could have imagined? At long last the story can be told! It’s a scorcher!

BLUE BEETLE #6

Jaime Reyes has been captured by La Dama and her powerful magicks, and she wants the scarab, no matter the cost. Will he be able to fight off the nightmares she throws at him, or will he succumb to her power?

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