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The Ages of Superhero Comics

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The Super Hero genre is best-known in the medium of American Comic Books. But even there, its fortunes have gone up and down, and this has influenced the perception of superheroes in general. Each age has had its own good and bad qualities, its classics and its trash. And the pendulum swings on...

Although a "Platinum Age of Comic Books" is recognized, it was comprised of reprints of newspaper comic strips, not original material. It did pave the way for original comic-form stories, by developing a production-system for such compilations and establishing a market for that publication format.