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Archibald Archie Andrews came to the comic book scene in 1941 with red hair, buck teeth, & a simplistic every-teen personality. The series exploded in popularity largely in part of their radio show in the 50's. In 1969 CBS created and animated series called The Archie Show about Archie's band & actually had a featured hit song called Sugar Sugar. Learn more about Archie Comics >


The Avengers came onto the scene in September 1963 & released 403 issues until December 1999. Learn more about Avengers Comics >


Batman started in issue 27 of "Detective Comics" as The Bat-Man in 1939 when Commissioner Gordon learns his identity to be millionaire Bruce Wayne. But the origins of Batman started a year earlier in 1938 when the demand for Superman comics was so high that National's "Action Comics" artists nad writers were tasked with coming up with more superheroes. Learn more about Batman Comics >



The general condition of comic book collections can be indicative of the thought process the collector was using when choosing the individual books. Learn more about Comic Book Lots >



DC comics began in 1935 when the National Allied Publications was founded by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. Learn more about DC Comics >



In November 1961 the comic Fantastic Four exploded in popularity upon its release; the first issue featured the infamous Mole Man & started the comics' successful run of nearly 500 issues. Learn more about Fantastic Four Comics >



The first time Green Lantern appeared was in 1940 as Alan Scott, a railroad engineer. It was created by Martin Nodell & written by Bill Finger; in this edition Green Lantern got his powers from a ring inside a railroad switchman's green lantern. Learn more about Green Lantern Comics >



In 1941 Alfred P. Harvey founded the publishing company by licensing already established characters such as the Green Hornet. A few years later Harvey & his brothers began to license comic-strip characters like Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon, Joe Palooka & more in order to get more brand recognition.  Learn more about Harvey Comics >



In 1962 Stan Lee & Jack Kirby created the first issue of "The Incredible Hulk" which featured a large Frankenstein-like character with gray skin. His name was Robert Bruce Banner & was exposed to gamma rays that would turn him into the Hulk at unexpected times temporarily. Learn more about Incredible Hulk Comics >



Jack Kirby was born in 1917 in New York & began drawing from a young age, typically inspired by newspaper comic strips like "Flash Gordon". When the got older to was enrolled at the Pratt Institue but on his first day dorpped out because the cost of tuition. the then got a job as and illustrater at Max Fleisher studios helping with the "Popeye" cartoons as and in-betweener. Learn more about Jack Kirby Comics >



The style of Manga comic books started in 1874 when the magazine "Eshinbun Nipponchi" published simplistic style art in black & white. Learn more about Magna Comics >



Marvel began as a brand for Martin Goodman of Timely Publications & then Atlas Comics. It featured famous characters for decades who eventually made became Marvel action figures such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Fantastic Four, & X-Men in 1990. Learn more about Marvel Comics >



The Golden Age of comics came about in 1938 with the introduction of Superman. At the time comic books sold for roughly 10 cents each because of their low production cost which proved to be quite lucrative for the publishing companies. Learn more about Silver Age Comics >



The Second World War left the comic-book industry with two major problems. First one was the much smaller pool of stock villains for the writers & illustrator to pick from, while the second one was the controversies that arose from Frederick Wrexham’s book “Seduction of the Innocent”. Learn more about Spiderman Comics >


The beginning of the Golden Age of comics is a subject of debate. While some assume it begun in 1933 when the newsstand comic books format was codified, others place the moment in June, 1938 when Superman made his first appearance in Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster’s debut issue of “Action Comics”, whose iconic cover had the red-caped superhero from the Krypton lifting a car over his head. Learn more about Superman Comics >



Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, male superheroes like Superman & Captain America were fighting the Axis Powers in comic books. In the same month with the Japanese bombardment, In the #8 issue of “All Star Comics”, a new superhero, Wonder Woman, arrived to teach the brutish men how to heal the world through love & peace. Learn more about Golden Age Comics >



The early 1960’s were a creative stage for Marvel’s Stan Lee. In November 1961, the & Jack Kirby came up with and answer to the DC’s Justice League in from of The Fantastic Four, while in March 1963, the gave The Amazing Spider-Man its own comic, after a successful debut the previous fall. Later that year, in September 1963, The X-Men appeared. Learn more about X-Men Comics >