Was the Golden Age All that Golden?
- I would imagine most of us here have an affection for some or all of
the period typically referred to as the Golden Age of Comics. What I
wonder is if that affection is somewhat misplaced, or perhaps does
that affection for characters from that time cause us to give the
time too much credit?
What do you all think?
- 9/9/2002 11:59:54 AM, sonofvulcan <email@example.com> wrote:
>I would imagine most of us here have an affection for some or all ofThere is a lot of affection for these characters, but in some it borders on an
>the period typically referred to as the Golden Age of Comics. What I
>wonder is if that affection is somewhat misplaced, or perhaps does
>that affection for characters from that time cause us to give the
>time too much credit?
almost obsessive fondness for the characters. There is no room to accept
change or growth or a recognition that times do indeed change and that
characters should or can change to reflect that. Any change is greeted
with shrieks of derision and outrage.
Mind you, this isn't the reaction of most fans, but it does seem like a very
vocal and shrill minority make up this group of people.
I personally enjoy reading GA comics, but realize that they wouldn't sell in
today's market. I try to enjoy them for what they are, and that's comic books
from another time.
I would like to see more "done in one" type stories and less all consuming dependence
of continuity, but that's just me....
"Suppose you were an idiot . . . and suppose you were a member of Congress .
. . but I repeat myself."
The Power Alley
(A Baseball Discussion Group)
- Great point! I agree that often even when the comics companies do use
old characters, the fans often get miffed if there is even the
slightest alterations from the originals. Personally I don't mind
such change, if in the final analysis the essential significance of
the hero is not lost or forgotten.
Jon has made the point here from time to time that sadly Timely
characters are often converted into bitter villains. This does seem
to be a trend,but in some instances the developements make some
sense. It's just that is seems to happen a lot.
V Battalion is a good example. To make good stories, some of the
classic Golden Age characters (and retconned additions) have
undergone some change. But for the most part those changes seem
consistent with the way the characters were presented originally.
I see antipathy to change a lot it seems in regard to DC stars who
have a more coherent history and it seems very loyal fans.