From Famous Funnies #1 in 1933, Action #1 in 1938, to Fantastic Four #1, The Incredible Hulk #1, Amazing Spider-Man #1, X-Men #1, Avengers #2--and 77 Sunset Strip, from 1961-63. In-between there's pre-code horror and sci-fi, Jackie Robinson, Cowgirl Romances, Slave Girl, All-Negro Comics, Crimes by Women, Daredevil Battles Hitler, Black Cat, Black Terror...
This is a handsome little hardcover with full page reproductions of both the most famous and many of the most quirky comics ever, all between 1933 and 1963. 10-page introduction, with some Platinum Age comic book precursors, Stan Lee, and more.
"Comics entered their "golden age" in 1938 when a new idea revolutionized the industry: the creation of the first and archetypal superhero. Superman, pioneered by Detective Comics, better known as DC, was quickly followed by Batman, another brainchild of DC, in 1939. An explosion of acrobatic superheroes, such as Captain America, Wonder Woman, and The Green Lantern, quickly made the previous heroes of the crime, cowboy, and romance genres look dated."
"Also in 1939, Marvel, then known as Timely Publications, introduced The Human Torch and his anti-hero Namor. That same year the creative and driving force of the superhero comic book genre, Stan Lee, began to work at Timely. The genre would never be the same again after benefiting from his innovative influence. Comics promoted wartime messages and patriotic spirit with the onset of WWII. By providing inexpensive and colorful entertainment, they also kept Americans' spirits up amid wartime hardships and worries about friends and family members in harm's way in both Europe and the Pacific."