Next is by far the most well known, the Golden, Silver, Bronze Age of comics books, spreading from 1956 to 1985. Or perhaps more fittingly, the age of the superheroes. The archetype of the superhero was defined, polished, and turned out some of the most well known comic characters of the history of comics. Namely, we have Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (courtesy of DC), Captain America, and Captain Marvel. (Thanks to the namesake of the latter) And although the stories were compelling the characters were rather cookie cutter until Jack Kirby and Stan Lee stepped starting the silver age. The Silver age saved the genre of superheroes by ridding it of the flawless characters and giving them more personal traits making them more believable characters.
In fact, Kirby broke every rule of superheroes and thus, created a better comic. (Making Comics) The Bronze Age took both the Silver and Gold ages and blended them into something new. Where the Silver age had more complex characters, the Golden age had socially relevant plot, making the story stories much more compelling then the were before. Superheroes were not the only ones center stage at this point in time. There were also many fantasy and historical comics making their way to mainstream culture. Namely; Sandman and Maus. Maus was a breakthrough comic at the time, as it told a true story of the authors’ father during WWII. Sandman was critically acclaimed for its stories, written by Neil Gaiman. Both help push the comic envelope and helped the genre forward.
Now on to the most recent and diverse ages of comics, the Internet age. The Internet is an interesting publisher, as it costs nothing to post and it is available for (almost) free viewing at almost anytime. But where did the Internet get popular as a publisher where print started to diminish? Well, for starters the early web comics weren’t amateurs looking for fun. They were profession comic artists that wanted to branch out. Or, in the case of Girl Genius, it started as a print comic, and then quickly adapted to a web format. Girl Genius has also won 3 consecutive Hugo awards, the first winners in the graphic story category. After Girl Genius, Digger, another web comic, went on to win the Hugo. Digger, unlike Girl Genius, was solely in web format until after completion. (Wikipedia2)