Even though I grew up during the Bronze Age of Comics, where social relevance and realism became watchwords, my comic era of choice always seems to be The Silver Age.  There’s just something about the ‘anything goes’ mentality of those sixties comics that appeals to me, be it New Look Batman camp, old-school Superman and Legion nonsense where every third person is secretly from Krypton or the earliest days of Marvel, a Silver Age comic will almost always be My Jam or My Jam-adjacent.  You could blame that entirely on Adventure Comics reprints in my teenage years, I suppose, but I prefer to think of it as being a mind ahead of my time, leading to today’s chronological query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites: The Golden Age ran from ~1936 to ~1949, a short Atomic Age ran from ~1949 to ~1956,  The Silver Age is ~1956 to ~1970, Th Bronze Age from ~1970 to ~1985, a short Copper Age from ~1985 to ~1991, with 1991 to present being considered The Modern Age, asking: Which comic era most appeals to your sensibilities?

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  1. I’m most nostalgic about combination of bronze and copper age, around 1977 to 1990. “New” X-Men team, John Byrne FF & Superman, Secret Wars, Kari Leppänen’s The Phantom, Marvel Transformers, Star Wars and G.I.Joe, those are MY comics. I realize that comics have never been better than they are right now, though.

  2. I grew up during the 80’s and 90’s, but the only comics I ever really got into as a kid were Archie comics. It wasn’t until more recently that I began to expand my tastes.

    Since I tend to be more interested in non-superhero titles, however (though, ironically, I love superheroes in almost all other mediums EXCEPT comics), there really is nothing better for me than the modern age.

  3. I grew up in what you term the ‘Copper’ Age and the Modern Age, but for me, the Bronze Age is the best. You get the best of both worlds, some more mature, sophisticated stories, while the characters are still heroes and the moral landscape is still mostly pristine.

  4. The Bronze Age is probably the closest for me, where we got a lot of stories that mixed concepts from the earlier times and got a nice influx of new ideas that still exist and influence works today.

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