Victorian Age (Late 18th Century to 1890's)
The Beginning to the first collections.
Platinum Age (1897-1933)
Newspaper strip collections and some original material in book form, pre-dating the "modern" comic book.
Golden Age (1938-1945)
The super-hero boom, launched by DC Comics' Superman and Batman.
Atom Age (1946-1955)
The super-hero bust. Other genres come into their own including crime, Western, war, romance, science fiction, teen humor and funny animal.
Silver Age (1956-1969)
The super-hero revival, begun by DC, epitomized by Marvel.
Bronze Age (1970-1985)
"Relevance" is introduced.
Dark Age: (1986 - 1995)
Comics go "grim and gritty" and the Speculator boom.
Retro Age: (1996 - 2004)
Marvels and Kingdom Come herald a return to the Silver Age's sensibilities....with a modern spin.
Event Age: (2004 - 2011)
Identity Crisis and Avengers Disassembled start a bombardment of "events" in order to maximise sales.
Digital Age: (2011 - Present)
The DC relaunch and same day digital sales begin a focus on digital comics.