Most comic fans today have at least a passing knowledge of the medium’s history. “Golden Age,” “Silver Age,” “Pre- and Post-Crisis,” these are all thrown around terms most of us are at least aware of. Visionaries like Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Will Eisner are easily recognizable. The more you get into comics, the more you can learn, and names like Bill Gaines, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, and Harvey Kurtzman become more important. But how many of you have heard of the Yellow Kid? Or knew that other psychological studies of the vilified Fredric Wertham were pivotal in winning the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case? Or that the 60s Batman TV series was actually the ABC network’s third choice for a live-action comic book series? If you want to learn more about the history of comics, you can’t do much better than Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey’s excellent series.
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