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Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections? 165

mvdwege (243851) writes "Due to being in a relationship with a comics geek, I have gotten interested in the history of superhero comics. I would like to get a better grounding in the Golden Age (pre-Comics Code) comics, so here's my question to the Slashdot audience: what are your recommendations for essential reading? What collections/omnibus editions of Golden Age comics would you recommend?"
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Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

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  • European influences (Score:3, Informative)

    by bukowski90210 ( 252368 ) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @07:30AM (#47201583) Homepage

    Maybe not commonly associated with 'golden age' comics but published concurrently and extremely influential and well-loved are "Tintin" (orig in french, starting c. 1929) by Herge (the pen name of Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi) and of course, the hilarious "The Adventures of Asterix" by Goscinny and Uderzo (orig in french, starting c. 1959). Enjoy!

  • Digital Comic Museum (Score:4, Informative)

    by fiziko ( 97143 ) on Tuesday June 10, 2014 @08:32AM (#47201823) Homepage

    I would head over to the Digital Comic Museum [digitalcomicmuseum.com], create a free account, and start going through the public domain titles in addition to the Masterworks/Archives listed by others. The DCM will also give you access to stuff like The Spirit, Lev Gleason's Daredevil, Fawcett's Captain Marvel, Whiz (where CM first appeared), and Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, the golden age/western hero Ghost Rider (with the unfortunate outfit), and thousands of others. Follow your interests; the 1930s and 1940s were part of an era when superheroes weren't quite as dominant as they would later become, so you can find piles of romance, comedy, crime, and so forth in the mix.

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