History Lessons for True Believers

June 19th, 2003  |  Published in Uncategorized

Jim Henley

breaks down the Comic Ages, including “the decline of the ‘anti-mutant hysteria’ trope into less an allegory for societal prejudice than an apocalyptic version of its readers’ adolescent persecution complexes.”


I guess the bulk of my reading happened during “The Bubble Age,” but when I think “comics” I think what Henley calls “The Bronze Age,” particularly Kirby’s angular, lantern-jawed work. Everything Marvel tossed out after that looked sort of anemic in comparison. Especially the debacle that was “Secret Wars.”

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