The comic book industry in the United States has produced the most titles followed closely by British and Japanese comic book industry. All sectors of the market cater to young adult audiences, although the acceptance of comics for adults has steadily grown over the years.
Comic book publications are categorized by the following -historical eras-.
The Golden Age 1934 thru 1956
The Silver Age 1956 thru 1970
The Bronze Age 1970 thru 1985
The Modern Age 1985 thru todayday
The Golden Age of Comic Books is described as a time period of American history from the introduction of the first comic book in 1934 till the mid 1950’s. Through this era some of the most famous and well-known superheroes debuted, such as Superman Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and Captain America. These superheroes continue to enjoy good popularity even in the modern day. When introduced in the mid to late 30’s, comic books, or comics as they are additionally called, experienced a surge of popularity. The archetype superhero and villain had been defined in the course of this period of time as comics grew to become a mainstream art form. The initially era of comic book writers, artists and editors found their voice, were heard and their mark on what was to turn out to be a major industry segment for publishing.
The Silver Age of Comic Books ranged from 1956 to 1970. This period of time marked a time of great artistic advancement and commercial triumph as comic books, particularly American comics moved into the mainstream. The Silver Age gave birth to an extensive variety of important writers and artists that contributed to defining comic books as serious business.
Towards the end of the Second World War, acceptance of comic books that included superheroes drastically declined. Comics focused on romance, horror and crime had been on the increase setting in motion controversy over allegations that comic books trigger juvenile delinquency. In 1954, publishers created the Comics Code Authority, intended to control content. Because of this writers and publishers re-introduced a stream of superhero storylines, including the Fantastic Four consisting of Mr. Fantastic, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and Thing. Comics from the Silver age are nowadays thought of collectible, and are among the most sought-after in the marketplace.
The Bronze Age spans comic book history from 1970 to 1985. It followed the Silver Age and still comprises quite a few of the conventions of the Silver Age. Defining the Bronze Age are brightly colored superhero titles, as well as the introduction of darker plot components reflecting real world issues like alcoholism, drug abuse and pollution. Comic book story lines started to mirror the interests of more mature audiences during this Age, a precursor to the Modern Age of Comic Books.
The final period for comics started in 1985 and is coined the Modern Age of Comic Books. This period of time of history extends until today. In the Modern Age characters grew to become darker and far more complex. Comic book developers became popular , comic books became more mainstream. As a result, independent and commercial publishing flourished, making a new and ever changing market. This period of comic book publication also is known as as the Copper Age, the Iron Age and the Dark Age.