You must have heard a lot of people talking about their mint conditioned Batman comic book collection or their DC comic action figures and wondering what compelled them to have one such hobby? The answer to this lies in the interesting history of DC comic books which begins from 1930s and 1940s. The world passing through the Great Depression along with the wrath of the 2 World Wars. People were looking for something more than just political satires and cartoons, they needed someone who could give them hope like a hero. It was during this period, DC Comics started coming around. Initially, it witnessed very little success as no one wanted to invest in a comic books store with some lesser known artists and characters. But the introduction of “Superman” in year 1938 and some “Action Figures” launch a little later paved way for a completely new era of graphic novels. People were too mesmerized by the aura and superpowers of Superheroes.
For the next two decades, more and more people kept getting fascinated by the new adventures of superheroes. It was somewhere in the mid 50s when Silver Age comics was introduced. It focused on revamping old characters which were way more human but fought their way across different universes and battles royal. America’s Justice League brought forward a lieu of new characters including the Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Batman, and Wonder Woman. It was the same era that inspired the present day legend Stan Lee to bring-up more such characters under the brand name of Marvel comics. We saw the emergence of Fantastic Four Series and several other new superheroes during that time.
Then came the “Dark Age” which saw darker and more off-beat themes that focused on vices like drug abuse, anti-hero characters, and inner conflicts. These categories not only targeted the kids but they were now attracting a very serious thinking part of society. The 1980s then witnessed the modern age of comic books which is continuing even today. The foundation of Modern Age was kept on Bronze age however it dwelled with several new characters that came forth under the shadow of DC Comics. It now included a completely new race of heroes that included X-Men, Dark Knight Series, and their wars against the humans and with humans. There were a few others that spoke of apocalypse and end of the world.
DC Comics survived through all these changes and new modification because its writers have a tendency to adapt to new outlooks and include them in their stories. The kept upgrading their costumes, graphics which kept their heroes updated with the present world changes and kept the concept of hope alive in them.
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