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The Ages of superhero comics are semi-defined time periods used by
collectors and historians. The Golden Age started in the late 30s (Action
Comics #1 was in 1938) and ended in the early 50s.
The Silver Age begins around 1955, possibly with Detective Comics #255 (1st
Martian Manhunter) or Showcase #4 (1st Barry Allen Flash). Marvel's Silver
Age is said to start with Fantastic Four #1 in 1961. The Silver Age ended
around 1970, about when Jack Kirby left Marvel and Mort Weisinger retired as
There is no clearly defined Age after Silver, although suggestions include
Bronze, Iron, Platinum, Dark, Independent, Mylar and Silicon. Many starting
points have also been suggested, such as Giant-Size X-Men #1, Cerebus or
Elfquest #1 (1st major self-publishing), Pacific Comics startup (1st major
indie company), DC's Crisis, or even Image Comics startup (1st creator owned
books to top the sales charts). It's fun to chat about, but don't expect a