The history of silver age comic books cosmic comics. These eras include the golden age 19381950, the silver age 19561970, the bronze age 19701985, and the modern age 1985present. This is an incredible book for anyone who lived through the bronze age and saw dc heroes reach maturity, and a must for those who are too young. Age of bronze, the continuing graphic novel series by eisner awardwinning cartoonist eric shanower, presents the complete story of the worldfamous war at troy, freshly retold for the 21st century. Bronze age comic books cgc comic book collectors chat boards. The 8 ages of comic books by alex grand comic book.
Age of bronze comics homepage the story of the trojan war. It follows the silver age of comic books, and is followed by the modern age of comic books. The bronze age is thus known for the first attempts to bring realism and adult issues to super hero comic books, themes which would later overtake the genre entirely in the dark age of comic books. Top 10 all time bronze age comic books overstreet 48th. Bronze age of comic books hey kids comics wiki fandom.
The comics oenotropae are in fact not goddesses, but three priestesses that manage said offers, which is why their father anius calls them the bringers of wealth to his island. When antenor is captured by the achaeans, they demand cressida as part of the ransom to return antenor to troy. Somewhere between 800 to silver age, bronze age and copper age comics. If you are not already intheknow about the difference between newsstand and direct edition comics see the following as this distinction is critical information any collector must know when approaching the bronze age and key bronze age comics where the distinction exists. Obviously nothing will touch the demand for key books in the silver age, but key bronze age books will continue to slowly. Troilus doesnt dare reveal his secret romance with cressida. The art of age of bronze draws upon the archaeological excavations of the places where the story took place. In a lot of the cases its because of low census numbers. The silver age is significant because marks a period in the history of comic books when comic books sales had been struggling after controversy and fingerpointing regarding a link between adolescent violence and the reading of comic books. Oct 12, 2015 this readerfriendly sized edition explores the evolution into the bronze age of dc with a careful curation and expansion of material from taschens xl book, 75 years of dc comics, winner of the eisner awards, the oscars of the comic world. Still ongoing, it is published in magazine form by image comics and in graphic novel form by hungry tiger press.
The first trade paperback, a thousand ships collecting issues 19, will be reissued in september from image comics and it will be in color. For comic books from the early1970s to mid1980s, see bronze age of comic books. When i first saw the book in the bookstore it had the best gift for comics fans written on it. The journey of the most valuable bronze age comics. Age of bronze has been nominated for numerous eisner the comic industrys oscar awards. Are these census numbers truly low or are there still a lot mor.
The first volume, a thousand ships, appeared in 2001. This is the current issue, and therefore no story information will be posted about this issue. Why your bronze age comics collection aint worth squat. Age of bronze comic book series fandom powered by wikia. For other uses of the term, see age of bronze disambiguation. While everything in age of bronze is based on existing sources, whether mythological or archaeological, the final product is a version for the 21st century. He is sent by his father, priam, the king of troy, to. The bronze age is thus known for the first attempts to bring realism and adult issues to superhero comic books, themes which would later overtake the genre entirely in the dark age of comic books.
Other genres like horror became widespread during this period, beginning the transition to the current tone and trends in comic books. Comic books published between 1970 to 1985 belong to the bronze age of comics. The overstreet comic book price guide is a wealth of knowledge with great analytics. Following from the silver age of comics, the term bronzeage was first used by comic fans and then the overstreet price guide to refer to the more mature comics of the early seventies to the. Well, im up for the challenge to explain 79 years of comics. Bronze age 1970 1985 bronze age saw a continuation of the popular characters but with a return to darker plots regarding reallife issues seen in the early golden ages such as drug use, poverty and pollution. The bronze age comic books refer to the genre of american superhero comics produced during the period between 1970 and 1985. During a recent trip to the comic book store, i came across the first volume of the tpb of this little gem, age of bronze.
Age of bronze will be included in a major international exhibition travelling to three german museums in 2002. Customer testimonials mailing list join our mailing list for news and sales. Readers no long responded to simplistically rendered, altruistic dogooders as exemplified in the stories of earlier superheroes. How much are my comic books worth welcome to, a quick and simple guide to help you grade and identify your old comic books. This is the third article in our series, following from most valuable golden age comics and most valuable silver age comics. Multiple eisner award winner eric shanowers epic retelling of the trojan war continues in brilliant tones from. According to cool and collecteds definition of the bronze age, it spanned the years from 1970 to 1984 using the overstreet comic book price guide as its reference. Volume three is titled betrayal, and the first two parts of betrayal are available. According to gpa analysis the percentage of comics being sold in the bronze age rivals that of the much sought after silver age.
Earths mightiest show has a quick explainer of the bossest era of marvel comics in the video above and now has the reading guide to go with it the 1970s were a big decade for big introductions so many of marvels most popular characters made their first appearances during this time. Bronze age comics b alphabetical order rules all comic books for sale are listed alphabetically by the first letter of the comic books name. There are many more examples of platinum age comic books like this 1911 reprint of the mutt and jeff newspaper strip. In 1998, eric shanower started a sevenvolume series that would retell the story of the trojan war with all of the mythical elements removed.
So, the xmen comic books are listed under x and the outer limits is listed under o. The period was marked with complex stories that had more realistic character conflicts, as well as some moral ambiguity. The bronze age retained many of the conventions of the silver age, with traditional superhero titles remaining the mainstay of the industry. The ages of comic books explained people do mention the golden age, the silver age, the bronze age, and the modern age. The silver age of comic books was a period of artistic advancement and widespread commercial success in mainstream american comic books, predominantly those featuring the superhero archetype. Comics historians divide the history of american comic books into ages. Join us as we cover the alltime comic books by era for 2018. Our fulfillment center is operational and we are still here to serve your collecting needs. It was a clear and defined twist in how comics were written as well as how they were perceived by the general public. The bronze age of comic books all the tropes wiki fandom. Bronze age justice league of america comics for sale ebay. Most popular bronze age comic books these are the most actively sold comic books in the marketplace graded by cgc or cbcs.
Eric shanower on his return to age of bronze, now in color cbr. Age of bronze is first serialized in individual issues of the comic book series. Mycenae, knossos, and pylos, among others, and especially troy itself. Following the golden age of comic books and an interregnum in the early to mid1950s, the silver age is considered to cover the period from 1956 to circa 1970, and was succeeded by the bronze and. The bronze age of comic books useful notes tv tropes. Now, superheroes needed a reason to be superheroes, stated tv screenwriter james grant goldin in the 2003 documentary comic book superheroes. The bronze age of comic books is an informal name for a period in the history of mainstream american comic books usually said to run from 1970 to 1985. Continuing the epic saga of age of bronze the awardwinning eisners 2001 and 2003, gran guinigi 2006 retelling of the trojan war. Anius is addressed as son of a god because he is a priest of apollo. If you were to believe the people who wrote entries for certain publications, you would think that the bronze age was a made up era invented by comics.
Seeing the evolution of dc comics throughout the bronze age so well presented was a delightful experience. Bronze age justice league of america comics justice league of america comic books created during the bronze age of comic books span from 1970 to 1985. Epic comic book collection garage sale haul silver. Here are the key issues to look for when youre at garage sales yes, they do turn up. Comic books with a number as its title are alphabetized. Age of bronze 1998 a graphic novel series by eric shanower.
The early 1980s were a time of transition for the comics industry. The bronze age of comic books was set roughly between 1970 1985. Im still a little leary of continuing to post full issues of things from the bronze age, having come close to being legally burned a couple of times, and i have actually had thoughts of combining the two blogs in some way great news next week, chums. Epic comic book collection garage sale haul silver age bronze age key issue video. This genre follows the silver age comics and is followed by the modern age ones. Please check your local comic shop for copies of this issue. Bronze age comic books cgc graded bronze age comics da. When did the bronze age of comic books begin and end. As a person who still collects comic books and teaches classical greek. The bronze age of comic books is an informal name for a period in the history of american superhero comic books usually said to run from 1970 to 1984. These comics chronicle major events that occurred within the ranks of the justice league during that time period, which were similar in nature to the events of the previous silver age. We created this guide to help the many people who call us asking how much are my comic books worth.1582 1578 1023 1574 619 375 922 1051 1033 434 1217 1576 240 343 601 1075 1209 86 677 948 647 990 1114 1065 1370 324 1479 437 782 274 589 1029 806 673 1450