While many look to the early adventures of Superman, Batman, and the like to be the first comic books, the art form actually dates back to the mid-1800s, when the first comics were published in America and abroad. In the 1920s, the first collection of comic strips published, The Funnies, began appearing as a newspaper supplement; it featured many different characters, including some that are still in print today, like Popeye, Tintin, and Buck Rogers. These collectible comic books are wonderful pieces for fans of these iconic characters.
The Golden Age of comics started in the 1930s, with the introduction of characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America. As the world became immersed in World War II in the 1940s, these heroes stood as role models and champions of American ideals. The strips of the 1920s also continued, and were published as actual individual books, rather than just as supplements to the newspapers. Fans of these vintage comic books will find a nice selection from our sellers, featuring original comic strips as well as early issues from their favorite superheroes.
As comics moved from the Silver Age in the 1960s to the Bronze Age in the 1970s, Marvel introduced heroes like Spider-Man and the Hulk, as well as The X-Men and the popular anti-hero Wolverine. The Iron Age of comics in the 1980s saw comics reach new levels of creativity and popularity, as more people began to buy comic books. Modern comics have an ever-increasing variety of stories and new publishers, such as Image Comics, home to blockbuster, The Walking Dead.
Comic books are now a major part of popular culture, sought after by fans and collectors who want to purchase these books to follow the ongoing stories and to collect favorite and rare issues.