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Like, does it have anything going for it beyond nostalgia? I guess the crackiness can be entertaining on occasion, but it’s definitely not something I’d anticipate buying month after month. I haven’t really seen a lot of great stories from it, all of the female characters became randomly interested in entrapping men into marriage, it was full of cishet white guys, and the fucking Comics Code of Authority was in full force. What’s with all the Silver Age fetishizing?
It’s detrimental to writing to want to just ape off an age that has been too idealized Writers should just focus on creating good stories and not if they’re stories are like any of the ages.
Except that there were actually some really awesome things going on in the Silver Age.
The introduction of Barry Allen, which revamped the Flash and is considered the beginning of the Silver Age (1956):
The creation of Hal Jordan, and the Green Lantern Corps with him, which fundamentally reinvented the idea of the Green Lantern (1959):
The introduction of Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl (1959):
The creation of Wally West (1959):
The formation of the Justice League (1960):
The invention of Earth-2 and, with it, the idea of the DC multiverse (1961):
The creation of Garth (1960):
and Mera (1963):
Arthur and Mera got married about a year later, in 1964:
The creation of Katma Tui, DC’s first female Green Lantern (1964):
The team-up of Dick, Wally, and Garth (1964), which led to the official formation of the Teen Titans by 1965:
The introduction of Donna Troy (1965):
The marriage of Barry Allen and Iris West (1966):
The debut of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl (1967):
Green Arrow’s reinvention as a “modern-day Robin Hood” and representation of the social conscience (1969):
The first appearance of Dinal Laurel Lance (as opposed to her mother) as the Black Canary, and her addition to the Justice League (1969)*:
(Best cover ever, or best cover ever?)
Dick Grayson heading off to college, in what is one of my personal favorite stories ever (1969):
Without this history? The DCU would be completely unrecognizable. Try to imagine a DC without the JLA. Without the Teen Titans. Without the Green Lantern Corps or the Flash family or the Aquafamily. Without female characters like Donna Troy and Barbara Gordon and Dinah Laurel Lance (who were not interested in entrapping men in marriage, thank you very much) and what they represent.
Not only did these things change the face of the DCU, they paved the way for everything that came after them. Without the creation of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, all the subsequent GLs, as well as the other Corps and their members, would never have existed. Without Barry Allen, there would be no Wally West, no Jesse Chambers, no Bart Allen. Without Barbara Gordon, there would never have been a Cassandra Cain or a Stephanie Brown. These characters didn’t just exist unto themselves - they created legacies which DC continues to build on to this day.
The fact that DC put more of a focus on family, allowing heroes like Arthur and Barry to be happily married, is also something that I really like, and I think it’s something DC’s taken a huge step backwards in terms of recently. Creating more kid/teen characters like Wally and Garth and Donna and Kara giving them a chance to shine as something more than sidekicks is also something I love, which was revolutionary for its time.
The thing is, the Silver Age brought some really great things to the DCU. I think no matter who your DC favorites are, if you look over this history you’ll see that something you really love has its roots in the Silver Age. I know that as far as I’m concerned, there are lots of characters and teams and relationships here that I’d really miss if they’d never been created back in the Silver Age.
The problem isn’t with appreciating what was good about the Silver Age. Because there was plenty good about it. The problem is with ignoring all the history that came after the Silver Age, and all the awesome things that developed later. That’s where DC gets into trouble. Trying to deny that there was ever anything good or positive about the Silver Age is just missing the point, IMO. And if you do that to the last generation’s era, what’s going to stop the next generation from doing it to yours? The answer here isn’t to blindly hate on any era, because they all had their flaws and their good points. The answer is to look critically at what was good about each era and keep building on that instead of re-writing awesome history or trying to recapture the past. And that’s what I really wish DC would do.
literally me when being hugged ngl. but for me it’s just a ‘i have no experiance hugging WHAT DO I DO?!?!?!?’ and not, well. bruce being bruce.
pffff…ehehe. do you know why he doesn’t have any experience hugging? it’s because his parents died and he’s an orphan.
hahaha omfg how could i forget the homes without juice club
that’s the most important one!
Except that is actually Dick hugging Kara, not Bruce. And I think he’s supposed to be upset because they’re saying goodbye, not because he doesn’t like hugging her. See?
It’s actually a really adorable moment IMO.
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