A Brief History of Comics in the U.S.
By kaylors, Updated
A short history of American comics as we know them today.
June, 1938: Action Comics #1 is published, and the Golden Age of comics begins
The late 1940's ushers in the Atomic Age of comics where horror, monsters, and aliens reign supreme
The publication of The Seduction of the Innocent in 1954 convinced many parents and lawmakers that comics were harming children and led to the Comics Code, a self-censorship tool that remained in place until the early 2000's
With the Comics Code firmly in place, the Silver Age of comics saw a resurgence of superheroes old and new
The Bronze Age of comics began in the early 1970's as the Comics Code began to subside. Superheroes dealt with domestic issues and questioned their motivations for the first time.
Modern Age (c. 1980-present) • The term "Graphic Novel" popularized •Superheroes aren't always good •Maus wins a Pulitzer Prize •Explosion of genres and audiences •Comics treated as literature
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