The Modern Age of Comic Books
is an informal name for the period in the history of mainstream American comic books
generally considered to last from the mid-1980s until present day.Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide
2008 #38, page 1028, Glossary of terms. In this period, comic book
characters generally became darker and more psychologically complex, creators became better-known and active in changing the industry, independent comics flourished, and larger publishing houses became more commercialized.
Alternate names for this period include the Copper Age of Comic Books
, the Iron Age of Comic Books
and, more commonly, the Dark Age of Comic Books
, due to the popularity and artistic influence of grim titles, such as The Dark Knight Returns
. Some schools of thought place the Dark Age as a separate era, ending in the mid to late-90s. Proponents of this view often point out a wave of "silver age nostalgia" that first appeared during this time and has since permeated mainstream comic books.
Because the time period encompassing the Modern Age is not well defined, and in some cases disputed by both fans and most professionals, a comprehensive history is open to debate. Many influences from the Bronze Age would overlap with the infancy of the Modern Age. The work of... Read More