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The Golden Age. What a wondrous time. It was during this time that the world was introduced to something that would change media forever. And it all started with three sentences.
"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"
These were the words used to describe the FIRST superhero. Everything in superhero comics that was, is, and will be must all be attributed to Superman or should I say Kal-L? Yes the first Superman, the GOLDEN AGE Superman. Everything that is Superman, from Krypton to Metropolis, it all started with Kal-L.
From Superman came other costumed adventurers, other "superheroes" as they were called, that were created by DC Comics. The Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Hawkman, Plastic Man, the list goes on!
Soon other companies created their own heroes. For Timely Comics, their first superhero was Namor the Sub-Mariner, then Captain America and his sidekick Bucky Barnes, The Destroyer, the Whizzer, Miss America, and Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos.
However as time went on and people began buying less and less superhero comics, mainly due to outside forces claiming them to cause violent streaks in children, the Golden Age ended.
However, soon enough the Silver Age of Comics was to begin! Timely Comics had become Marvel Comics, published their first superhero book in years, The Fantastic Four! From there DC Comics, began to revamp their old Golden Age titles. They created a new Green Lantern, a new Flash, even a new Superman!
However there was a problem. DC had been publishing Superman nonstop even during the times between the Golden and Silver Ages. This would mean that they still had to deal with Kal-L who was to be replaced with Kal-El the modern Superman. The solution? An alternate universe. DC Comics created the idea of a multiverse and placed all their Golden Age heroes on Earth Two while all of their modern Silver Age heroes would be on Earth One. This meant they could still publish their Golden Age characters and titles like the Justice Society of America without it breaking any kind of continuity with their Earth One titles.
However Marvel had not forgotten about the characters from their Timely Comics days. No sir! In fact, they made it so that all of their Golden Age tales did indeed happen in their new Marvel universe. Namor was still well and kicking and Captain America himself was found frozen in the arctic. In fact it was because of Namor he was found! Since Captain America's thawing, countless characters from Marvel's Golden Age have returned! Nick Fury became the head of the spy organization SHIELD, Captain America became leader of the Avengers, Namor becoming an infrequent Fantastic Four villain/ally, the original Human Torch making his come back, and so many more!
But what of DC? Well after many years the Earth Two universe and Earth One universes merged, with DC now having an entire history of heroes spanning decades into the past! All seemed well with this situation! The newer heroes still existed and had the older heroes could act as mentors to the younger generation of crime fighters!
Unfortunately. This was not to last. DC, in an attempt to draw in new readers, destroyed every trace of their Golden Age roots and "revamped" their Golden Age characters along with their rebooted DC universe. But what of the Justice Society you ask? It's gone. It's members only shallow husks of their former selves. DC has made a grave mistake in this. They have rebooted their Golden Age characters into Earth 2, where they are only the same characters in name alone.
On Marvel's side? Captain America, Bucky, Namor, the original Human Torch, Nick Fury, everything that they have of their Golden Age still exists and their Golden Age is still canon........ unlike DC's.
The Golden Age is a part of history. Marvel has treasured theirs, even making the ORIGINAL Captain America one of their flagship characters. DC on the other hand has callously thrown their history away and with that is weaker for it. It's easy to forget.
With that I pay a send off to DC's Golden Age with a tribute to the first superhero team ever made, the Justice Society of America.