A Brief History of Comics in the U.S.


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A short history of American comics as we know them today.

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  • June, 1938: Action Comics #1 is published, and the Golden Age of comics begins
  • Action Comics
  • 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.
  • Racism
  • Pollution
  • Vietnam War
  • 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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