As we begin our journey on this subject, exactly what is a "Vintage Comic Book"? A popular dictionary definition of the word "vintage" is: Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic. Such a lofty definition seems to define the "Golden Age of Comics".
What is commonly referred to as the Golden Age of Comics spanned roughly a decade, from the late 1930's to the late 1940's. It was during this time that many of the most famous comic book heros were created. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America are examples of "Super Heros" that got their start during this time period.
To many people, the Golden Age of Comics started with the publishing of one comic. The comic? Action Comics #1. Why is this significant? It was in Action Comics #1 that "SUperman" appears. Superman was the first "Super Hero"…not just a hero like a war hero, or famous cowboy, or knight…but a step beyond…a "Superhero". Can a war hero, famous cowboy, or knight leap over buildings or outrun a speeding bullet? No…but Superman can. Welcome Superman, the World's First "Superhero".
The Second World War had a significant impact upon comic books. Comics, especially those that featured Superheros, became very popular during the war years as an easy to read, cheap to purchase story of good winning the battle against the forces of evil.
Once the war was over the world faced another enemy…the dangers of nuclear weapons. Comics in the early years after the word tried to inspire the reader, but young readers were more drawn to the tales of the Superhero.
In the late 40's and early 50's crime and horror comics, which many considered to be "rude, crude and socially unacceptable" appeared on the scene. This prompted government hearings on regulating comic books, and the curtain was drawing down on the "Golden Age of Comics".