Discover this retrospective on the platinum age of comics
As much as comic book fans adore the Golden Age, just as important is looking at the earlier era, which paved the way for modern comics. With the long list of pulp heroes like Doc savage, The shadow, and Flash Gordon, fans tend to sweep the platinum age of comics under the rug and dismiss their core importance. I think a lot of the bias comes from the way the media was packaged. The comics of this era were newspaper tapes and were considered throwaway entertainment, even more so than their Golden Age counterparts.
With American comics lagging behind in terms of sales, it stands to reason that the growing popularity of Instagram and web comics could be seen as a modern take on the Platinum Age for the digital age. . Comics and superheroes as we know them can run to a fate that is no different than the pulp heroes that came before them. Flash Gordon was as popular as Iron Man. Who can say that the welcoming arms of darkness are not ready to receive Tony Stark?
In the video linked above, the Comic Tropes YouTube channel tackles the unknown story of the Platinum Age of comics and how their popularity led to a newspaper bidding war. If we are in the digital equivalent of the Platinum Age, is there a potential Golden Age for digital comics on hold? Before effectively drawing parallels, it is essential to review the history of the Platinum Age.