ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Golden Age Comic Books And Characters.

Updated on March 5, 2014

Birth Of The Superhero.

The Golden Age Of Comic Books lasted from 1938 - 1950 or even later according to some sources, it was an era that saw not only the birth of Batman and Superman but other household names such as Wonder Woman and Captain America. It was an era that lasted throughout the Second World War and many of the Golden Age comics reflected that fact. It was not just about superhero comics in the Golden Age though, horror comics were king for a while and humor comics were big sellers too. In this article we will take a look at many of the characters and books that made up the Golden Age of comics.

The Spectre makes his debut in More Fun Comics # 52.
The Spectre makes his debut in More Fun Comics # 52.


So many of the superheroes and characters we know and love today made their first appearances in the Golden Age. Here is a list of some of the better known ones.

  1. The Flash
  2. Green Lantern
  3. Captain America
  4. Robin
  5. Captain Marvel / Shazam
  6. Wonder Woman
  7. The Spectre
  8. Batman
  9. Superman
  10. Sub Mariner
  11. Human Torch
  12. Justice Society Of America.
  13. Green Arrow.
  14. Aquaman.
  15. Archie and Betty and Veronica of course.

Superman makes his second cover appearance in Action Comics # 7.
Superman makes his second cover appearance in Action Comics # 7.

The Top Ten Golden Age Books And Their Importance

Here is a list of the top ten most valuable books from the Golden Age and the reason they are so important and valuable.

  1. Action Comics # 1 - The first appearance of Superman.
  2. Detective Comics # 27 - The first appearance of Batman.
  3. Superman # 1 - The first comic book devoted entirely to the adventures of Superman.
  4. All American Comics # 16 - The first appearance of Green Lantern.
  5. Marvel Comics # 1 - The first appearance of the Human Torch ( an android,not the human torch we are familiar with today. )
  6. Batman #1 - The first comic book devoted entirely to the adventures of Batman, this book also featured the debuts of the Joker and Catwoman.
  7. Captain America Comics #1 - The first appearance of Captain America.
  8. Action Comics # 7 - Superman makes his second cover appearance.
  9. Flash Comics # 1 - The first appearance of the Flash.
  10. More Fun Comics # 52 - The first appearance of the Spectre.


Golden Age comics covered a wide variety of different genres, Superhero, War, Love Stories, Funny Animal and Horror as well as Science Fiction, Detective and Crime, Humor and Teen comics. Jungle stories featuring Jungle girls such as Sheena or Rulah were also popular.

Villains Of The Golden Age

Here is a list of some of the bad guys and girls who made their debuts in the Golden Age Of Comics.

  1. The Joker
  2. Toyman
  3. Mr Mxyzptlk
  4. Two Face
  5. The Red Skull
  6. Catwoman
  7. The Penguin
  8. The Riddler
  9. Baroness Paula Von Gunther
  10. Cheetah
  11. Rose and Thorn.
  12. Vandal Savage
  13. Solomon Grundy
  14. Clayface
  15. Deadshot
  16. Hugo Strange
  17. The Mad Hatter
  18. Scarecrow

A Boy Scout collects paper as part of the war effort.
A Boy Scout collects paper as part of the war effort.

Rarity Of Golden Age Comics

In the UK American comic books were not officially distributed until 1959, a few got over to the UK before then as comic books were often used as ballast on ships and some were given away to local kids by airmen or G.I.s that were based in the UK during the Second World War. In the US they are obviously more often found however they are not as common as they could be due to paper drives initiated by the US Government due to scarcity of paper during the war, many of these rare comics ended up pulped not long after they were printed.

A saucy Phantom Lady cover by Matt Baker.
A saucy Phantom Lady cover by Matt Baker.

Female Golden Age Characters

There were lots of female characters in comic books in the Golden Age here's some of the better known ones.

  1. Millie The Model
  2. Black Canary
  3. Namora
  4. Miss America
  5. Sheena Queen Of The Jungle
  6. Nyoka The Jungle Girl
  7. Rulah Jungle Goddess
  8. Nellie The Nurse
  9. Venus
  10. Blonde Phantom
  11. Lois Lane
  12. Wonder Woman

Comic Books And The War

During the Second World War the war became an increasingly common backdrop to the comic book stories when the USA entered the war. Batman and Superman would battle Nazi infiltrators and even the kids got involved with the Boy Commandos and The Newsboy Legion. Paper shortages meant comics had to be reduced in length and frequency of publication for a while and many comic book creators spent time serving their country in the armed forces.

Superman looks on approvingly as a young lady recognizes the men of the US Armed Forces as real heroes, in Superman issue 29.

Batman and Robin alongside Superman encourage readers to grow their own vegetables to help fend off food shortages during the war, Worlds Finest # 11.

Captain America battles with Hitler himself in Captain America Comics #1.

The patriotic superhero The Shield fights off the Jackboot of Fascism and Japanese Imperialism in Pep Comics # 22, this issue also introduced Archie Andrews, Betty and Jughead.


Many of the best known comic book artists and writers started their careers in the Golden Age. As well as the aforementioned Siegel and Shuster creators of Superman, there was Bob Kane and Bill Finger, artist and writer of Batman. At Timely Comics ( the forerunner of Marvel ) a young Jack Kirby worked in tandem with Joe Simon to create Captain America. Stan Lee perhaps the best known comic book creator also started his career at Timely, at first performing such mundane tasks as filling the artists ink wells and fetching lunch.

Here is a list of some of the well known comic book creators who's careers began in the Golden Age.

  1. Johnny Craig - Best known for his work EC comics horror line but also drew Iron Man in the 60s.
  2. Carl Barks - Dell Four Color Comics.
  3. Will Eisner - The Spirit
  4. Don Heck - All rounder who go on to draw Iron Man
  5. Wallace Wood - legend for his Daredevil and Avengers work
  6. Matt Baker - Saucy female covers and first black comic book artist
  7. Lee Elias - horror comics
  8. Curt Swan - beloved Superman artist
  9. John Buscema - Marvel stalwart
  10. Dan De Carlo - Best known for work on Archie Comics
  11. Carl Burgos - Created first Human Torch
  12. Alex Shomburg- Amazing early covers
  13. Frank Frazetta - One Of The Greatest Fantasy Artists Ever
  14. Joe Kubert - Brilliant war comic artist
  15. Steve Ditko - Co created Spider-man
  16. Jerry Robinson - created The Joker
  17. L.B.Cole - Brilliant cover artist
  18. Gil Kane - Beloved Silver Age Artist
  19. Bill Everett - Creator of Sub Mariner
  20. Sheldon Moldoff - Creator of Bat Girl and Poison Ivy
  21. Gardener Fox - Batman writer
  22. William Marston - Created Wonder Woman
  23. Lou Fine - The Spirit
  24. Murphy Anderson - Batman and Hawkman
  25. Mort Meskin - Sheena Queen Of The Jungle

The Golden Age

The period 1938 - 1950 is aptly named The Golden Age of comic books. During this period of pre and inter war, comic books served as a cheap and entertaining medium for kids growing up in these years and contrary to the trials of the mid fifties where comic books were put on trial for their content, the comic book probably did more to help combat illiteracy in these years then any other medium. It is astounding that so many of the characters created in the Golden Age remain as popular today as ever over 75 years after they were created, it is a credit to the artists and writers of the age that their legacy not only sustains but continues to grow.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)