As much as comic book fans love the Golden Age, it’s equally important to look at the earlier era, which paved the way for modern comic books. In addition to the long list of pulp heroes like Doc Savage, The shadowand Flash Gordon, fans tend to sweep the platinum age of comic books under the rug and dismiss their fundamental importance. I think a lot of the bias comes from how the stand was packaged. Comics of this era were newspaper strips and were considered disposable entertainment, even more so than their Golden Age counterparts.
As American comics head to the grave, in terms of sales, it stands to reason that the growing popularity of Instagram and webcomics could be seen as a modern take on the platinum age for the digital age. Comic books and superheroes as we know them can rush to a fate no different than the pulp heroes that came before them. Flash Gordon was as popular as Iron Man. Who says the welcoming arms of darkness aren’t ready to receive Tony Stark?
In the video linked above, YouTube channel Comic Tropes discusses the overlooked history of the platinum age of comic books and how their popularity led to a newspaper bidding war. If we’re in the digital equivalent of the platinum age, is there a potential golden age for digital comics waiting in the wings? Before effectively drawing parallels, it is essential to revisit the history of the Platinum Age.