golden age Archives

Wonderworld Comics #33 (Fox, 1942)
Demand is also inextricably linked to rarity, in practice.  A desirable comic book that becomes widely known as rare tends to become less rare over time — usually.  With all this said, 20+ years into the era during which we have CGC census and public sales data available, Fox Feature Syndicate as a line is[...]
Wonderworld Comics #30 (Fox, 1941) featuring Flame Girl.
The saga of the Fox Feature Syndicate character the Flame is more complicated than it appears.  The character, his powers, and his backstory evolved steadily, sometimes without explanation, from his 1939 introduction in Wonderworld Comics #3 through his final Golden Age appearances in the January 1942 cover-dated issues of Big 3, The Flame, and Wonderworld[...]
The Eagle #1 (Fox, 1941)
The Eagle first appeared in the venerable Fox Feature Syndicate early 1940 release Science Comics #1.  As the series name implies, the origin of his powers was based in science: "Bill Powers, young scientist, discovers an anti-gravitation fluid which, when placed on his specially designed wings, enables him to fly like a bird."  But Fox[...]
Big 3 #1 (Fox) vs NY World's Fair Comics 1940 (DC Comics).
With the industry exploding in Superman's wake in the second half of 1939, no Golden Age publisher had built up an entire line of ostensibly popular superhero-centric titles until then.  While DC Comics had published New York World's Fair 1939 in conjunction with the debut of that event, it didn't even feature its superhero characters[...]
Green Mask #8 (Fox Features Syndicate, 1941)
Anyone who's been reading comic books and/or watching comic book movies for any length of time knows that superhero origins are subject to change.  This has been going on since the Golden Age We discussed some early Blue Beetle origin revisions recently, and a similar situation developed with another Fox Features Syndicate hero named Green[...]
Spider Queen's debut in The Eagle #2 (Fox, 1941).
Although Fox Feature Syndicate published its last comic book in 1951, several characters it published have had life after Fox.  The Flame, Phantom Lady and Samson were later used by Ajax-Farrell for example, and more famously, Phantom Lady (who had started life at Quality Comics) and Blue Beetle ended up at DC Comics.  The little-known[...]
Blue Beetle #5 Vitamin 2x.
1940 was the Blue Beetle's year.  After launching in June 1939 in Mystery Men Comics #1, Dan Garrett, the Golden Age Blue Beetle would get a newspaper strip starting in January 1940, and his own series which hit newsstands around the same time A radio show started in May 1940 Like a lot of superheroes,[...]
Mystery Men Comics #30 (Fox, 1942) featuring Blue Beetle.
Like a few other Golden Age publishers, Fox Feature Syndicate titles sometimes verged into horror well before the late-1940s era which is generally considered to mark the beginning of the Pre-Code Horror era.  Such issues, particularly ones with good horror covers, can have crossover appeal among both Pre-Code Horror and superhero collectors.  Mystery Men Comics[...]
Fantastic Comics #4 (Fox, 1940) interior Samson story.
A great cover can have a tremendous impact on the value of a vintage comic book.  The cover of Fantastic Comics #3 by artist Lou Fine and published by Victor Fox makes that issue one of the most sought-after comic books of the Golden Age.  It's a beautifully rendered and detailed cover by one of[...]
Mystery Men Comics #3 (Fox, 1939)
Overall, the idea that a then 11-year-old Blatty who lived in a specific neighborhood of East 35th Street and went on to a successful career as an author and screenwriter might be the same William Blatty who was a seemingly avid Mystery Men Comics reader in the same neighborhood in 1939 is convincing.  It's hard[...]
Wonder Comics #2 (Fox, 1939)
and its accompanying court testimony is a goldmine of historical information about the formative moments of the Golden Age comic book boom.  Filed by the company that would become known as DC Comics and asserting similarities between Superman and Fox's Wonderman, DC v Bruns is perhaps my favorite comic book history historical document, and a[...]
Wonderworld Comics #28 (Fox, 1941) featuring U.S. Jones.
Argentine-born comic book artist Louis Cazeneuve is perhaps best known for his DC Comics work in the Golden Age on a number of titles including Detective Comics, Action Comics, More Fun Comics, Star Spangled Comics, Adventure Comics, and others on characters such as Aquaman and Shining Knight.  He also co-created the Timely Comics character Red[...]
Mystery Men Comics #28 (Fox, 1941) featuring Blue Beetle.
In the Golden Age, comic book superheroes often didn't spring onto the comic page fully formed.  Sometimes, changes from issue to issue were due to a lack of attention to detail as publishers tasked creators to just get the stories out quickly to try to take advantage of the comic book superhero boom of the[...]
Blue Ribbon Comics #1 (MLJ, 1939)
Rang-A-Tang was one of the first dog stars in Golden Age comic books, predating the likes of Green Lantern's Streak and Superboy's Krypto An important dog star key and the beginning of an important comics publishing empire, there are a number of early issues of Blue Ribbon Comics up for auction in the 2022 November 20-21[...]
Rangers Comics #21 (Fiction House, 1946) featuring Tiger Man.
Tiger Man's launch in Rangers Comics #28 was a weird addition to a title that was already wonderfully strange by this time.  We've recently talked about features such as Lily Renée's Wolf-less Werewolf Hunter and Kazanda, Wild Girl of the Lost Continent from this period of the Rangers Comics title, but the addition of Tiger[...]
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Including the likes of New Golden Age #1 and Dark Crisis #6 And amongst them all, themes seem to emerge And a big one concerns parents and children, something that has risen to the fore as more of DC's mainstays have gotten married and had kids – and more characters have discovered hidden histories regarding[...]
DC Comics
The Huntress character at DC Comics has (mostly) been divided by two identities, Helena Bertinelli and Helena Wayne, though there have been others and the Huntress of the Golden Age, Paula Brooks, was a supervillain The use of the character has been complicated by DC Crisis on continuity, and the current New Golden Age and[...]
Interior preview page from New Golden Age #1
This week's DC New Golden Age one-shot by Geoff Johns, Steve Lieber, Jerry Ordway, and Diego Olortegui is bringing us new Golden Age Heroes for the DC Universe Characters who did not previously exist in the DC Universe because they were removed from it and now are being returned with DC continuity retconning around them[...]
Justice Society Of America New Golden Age DC Comics
The solicitation for the DC New Golden Age one-shot this week by Geoff Johns, Steve Lieber, Jerry Ordway, and Diego Olortegui is bringing us new Golden Age Heroes for the DC Universe It looks like these are characters who did not previously exist in the DC Universe because they were removed from it and now are being returned under the[...]
Justice Society Of America New Golden Age DC Comics
It's John Henry Jr time! The solicitation for the DC New Golden Age one-shot this week by Geoff Johns, Steve Lieber, Jerry Ordway, and Diego Olortegui is bringing us new Golden Age Heroes for the DC Universe It looks like these are characters who did not previously exist in the DC Universe because they were removed from it and now[...]
Justice Society Of America New Golden Age DC Comics
It's Ladybug time! The solicitation for the DC New Golden Age one-shot this week by Geoff Johns, Steve Lieber, Jerry Ordway, and Diego Olortegui is bringing us new Golden Age Heroes for the DC Universe It looks like these are characters who did not previously exist in the DC Universe because they were removed from it and now are being[...]
Justice Society Of America New Golden Age DC Comics
Judy Garrick is The Boom! The solicitation for the DC New Golden Age one-shot this week by Geoff Johns, Steve Lieber, Jerry Ordway, and Diego Olortegui is bringing us new Golden Age Heroes for the DC Universe It looks like these are characters who did not previously exist in the DC Universe because they were removed from it and now[...]