sorry about the all Caps...I'm at the Pub with a Reuben & a Pint o'Guinness and I cut & pasted the Article name.
Firstly, great article Tim. Keep 'em coming, please.
Unnn...I don't want to splinter off too quickly but I read the Top 4 From each Era and I commend the pick of Ellis' StormWatch. Huzzah! Yes. I concur. Agree completely...what an amazing run. I bought the 5 trades around the time WildStorm was awesome. I ended up losing them in a move! I need to make my own and share them.
For a long time, I've been in a complete fog about the Ages of Eras. I believe what Grant said in the Flash in the 90s "every twenty years or so" (recently reprinted in TPB iBelieve but iDigress...^_~). I hate the cut & paste but I'm a fan of another page, Comics 101 and he's in the vernacular of my people, "Wickid Pissah". He answers questions and it's a great site. But I sent him an email just two weeks ago with a question for the Professor...
my ages & their definition...it still alludes me but I gotta trust Broadstreet's, right?
but I wrote this once and I think I can ask you the same thing without the naivete. I thought I grew up in the Silver Age...the Age of the SuperFriends. OK...let 'er rip.
Eric O'Sullivan to Scott
Dear Prof. Tipton,
I have an actually, factual need of clarification kinda question for the Professor.
Is there a consensus on the End of the Silver Age?
What is your definition of the Silver Age and it's ending?
I've RTFM'd the term and FYI I was born in '72. Honestly Scott, I thought I grew up in the Silver Age and I also bristle at the term Bronze Age. I looked on Wikipedia...I can accept that the Broadsteet's Guide as an Arbiter of Ages, in a way...a judge of standards. But I always felt as though the Silver Age extended basically into the early 80s. The Golden Age has succinct definition on when it starts & end, and then there's 1956 nonetheless further Ages start to get muddled on their borders as we go down the timeline...what is opinion, what is definition?
I made a point in an article on my Blog, Channel OCHO
In an article anticipating the BLACKEST NIGHT event, I want to posit that FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MAN was the last, greatest superhero of the SILVER AGE, Mar 1978. Prof. Stein's inner voice & knowledge applied to Ronnie's superpowers was a tool for teaching Basic Chemistry, hiding real knowledge in cheesy dialog was a Julie Schwartz trick if I've ever known one!
Then in the "real world" when Strawberry Shortcake & GI JOE came to sell action figures in the guise of children's entertainment...I think that's when the SILVER AGE ended.
I dunno...what does the Professor think? I'm a little confused on what's "History" these days? If it's "mystory" then I say the Silver Age ended in the 80s; after Flash killed Zoom, after Strawberry Shortcake, after Superfriends became Super Powers and when Event Titles such as CRISIS and then Misters Miller & Moore appeared. (If it was "mystory", I'd call the mid-80s to 1997 the Dark Age. In 1997, Grant Morrison wrote and JLA and Warren Ellis wrote StormWatch...in early 2001, I started reading again via Grant's New X-Men..but iDigress...)
So I guess that I grew up in the Bronze Age and that Ronnie Raymond was the last, greatest hero of the Bronze Age?
I need to achieve acceptance on this one, Tim. Good thing I'm in a bar.