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    im new to this but i want to get started and learn the history of the golden age of comics of Dc and marvel. Where should i start looking? and how do i get those older comics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackBow View Post
    im new to this but i want to get started and learn the history of the golden age of comics of Dc and marvel. Where should i start looking? and how do i get those older comics?
    The actual golden age comics cost a small fortune, and in some cases, cost more than an average person will earn in a lifetime.
    You can get collected editions of a lot of them, but some of them aren’t cheap.. Your best bet is maybe digital through DC Universe where there a lot available there.

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    DC have reprinted a lot of the Golden Age material in the DC Archives and some in their Golden Age Omnibus/TPB lines

    For the Archives DC published the following:

    Title Vol. # Years covered Material collected
    All-Star Comics Archives 0 1940 All-Star Comics #1–2
    All-Star Comics Archives 1 1940–1941 All-Star Comics #3–6
    All-Star Comics Archives 2 1941–1942 All-Star Comics #7–10
    All-Star Comics Archives 3 1942 All-Star Comics #11–14
    All-Star Comics Archives 4 1943 All-Star Comics #15–18
    All-Star Comics Archives 5 1943–1944 All-Star Comics #19–23
    All-Star Comics Archives 6 1945–1946 All-Star Comics #24–28
    All-Star Comics Archives 7 1946–1947 All-Star Comics #29–33
    All-Star Comics Archives 8 1947 All-Star Comics #34–38
    All-Star Comics Archives 9 1948 All-Star Comics #39–43
    All-Star Comics Archives 10 1949 All-Star Comics #44–49
    All-Star Comics Archives 11 1949–1951 All-Star Comics #50–57

    Batman Archives 1 1939–1941 Batman stories from Detective Comics #27–50
    Batman Archives 2 1941–1942 Batman stories from Detective Comics #51–70
    Batman Archives 3 1943–1944 Batman stories from Detective Comics #71–86
    Batman Archives 4 1944–1945 Batman stories from Detective Comics #87–102
    Batman Archives 5 1945–1946 Batman stories from Detective Comics #103–119
    Batman Archives 6 1947–1948 Batman stories from Detective Comics #120–135
    Batman Archives 7 1948–1949 Batman stories from Detective Comics #136–154
    Batman Archives 8 1950–1951 Batman stories from Detective Comics #155–170

    Batman: The Dark Knight Archives 1 1940 Batman #1–4
    Batman: The Dark Knight Archives 2 1941 Batman #5–8
    Batman: The Dark Knight Archives 3 1942 Batman #9–12
    Batman: The Dark Knight Archives 4 1942–1943 Batman #13–16
    Batman: The Dark Knight Archives 5 1943 Batman #17–20
    Batman: The Dark Knight Archives 6 1944 Batman #21–25
    Batman: The Dark Knight Archives 7 1945 Batman #26–31
    Batman: The Dark Knight Archives 8 1945–1946 Batman #32–37

    Batman: The World's Finest Comics Archives 1 1940–1944 Batman stories from The New York World's Fair Comics #2; World's Best Comics #1; World's Finest Comics #2–16
    Batman: The World's Finest Comics Archives 2 1945–1947 Batman stories from World's Finest Comics #17–32

    Black Canary Archives 1 1947–1949, 1965, 1969–1972 Johnny Thunder and Black Canary stories from Flash Comics #86–104; Comic Cavalcade #25; DC Special #3; Adventure Comics #399, #418–419; The Brave and the Bold #61–62

    Blackhawk Archives 1 1941–1943 Blackhawk stories from Military Comics #1–17

    Comic Cavalcade Archives 1 1942–1943 All stories from Comic Cavalcade #1–3

    DC Comics Rarities Archives 1 1939–1940, 1944 All stories from The New York World's Fair Comics #1–2; The Big All-American Comic Book #1

    Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives 1 1940–1944 Doctor Fate stories from More Fun Comics #55–98

    Golden Age Flash Archives 1 1940–1941 Flash stories from Flash Comics #1–17
    Golden Age Flash Archives 2 1941 Flash stories from Flash Comics #18–24; All-Flash Quarterly #1–2

    Golden Age Green Lantern Archives 1 1940–1941 Green Lantern stories from All-American Comics #16–30; Green Lantern #1
    Golden Age Green Lantern Archives 2 1941–1942 Green Lantern stories from All-American Comics #31–38; Green Lantern #2–3

    Golden Age Hawkman Archives ** 1 1940–1941 Hawkman stories from Flash Comics #1–22

    Golden Age Sandman Archives 1 1939–1941 Sandman stories from The New York World's Fair Comics #1–2; Adventure Comics #40–59

    Golden Age Spectre Archives 1 1940–1941 Spectre stories from More Fun Comics #52–70

    Golden Age Starman Archives 1 1941–1942 Starman stories from Adventure Comics #61–76
    Golden Age Starman Archives 2 1942–1944 Starman stories from Adventure Comics #77–102

    The JSA All-Stars Archives 1 1940–1942 Johnny Thunder from Flash Comics #1–5;
    The Hour-Man from Adventure Comics #48–52;
    The Atom from All-American Comics #19–23;
    Scribbly (featuring the Red Tornado) from All-American Comics #20–24;
    Doctor Mid-Nite from All-American Comics #25–29;
    Mister Terrific from Sensation Comics #1–5;
    Wildcat from Sensation Comics #1–5

    Plastic Man Archives 1 1941–1943 Plastic Man stories from Police Comics #1–20
    Plastic Man Archives 2 1943–1944 Police Comics #21–30; Plastic Man #1
    Plastic Man Archives 3 1944–1945 Police Comics #31–39; Plastic Man #2
    Plastic Man Archives 4 1945 Police Comics #40–49; Plastic Man #3
    Plastic Man Archives 5 1946 Police Comics #50–58; Plastic Man #4
    Plastic Man Archives 6 1946–1947 Police Comics #59–65; Plastic Man #5–6
    Plastic Man Archives 7 1947 Police Comics #66–71; Plastic Man #7–8
    Plastic Man Archives 8 1947–1948 Police Comics #72–77; Plastic Man #9–10

    Robin Archives 1 1947–1948 Robin stories from Star-Spangled Comics #65–85
    Robin Archives 2 1948–1950 Robin stories from Star-Spangled Comics #86–105

    Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives 1 1941–1942 Leading Comics #1–4
    Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives 2 1942–1943 Leading Comics #5–8
    Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives 3 1943–1945 Leading Comics #9–14

    The Shazam! Archives 1 1940–1941 Flash Comics (ashcan) #1; Thrill Comics (ashcan) #1; Whiz Comics #2–15
    The Shazam! Archives 2 1941 Special Edition Comics #1; Captain Marvel Adventures #1; Whiz Comics #15–20
    The Shazam! Archives 3 1941 America's Greatest Comics #1; Captain Marvel Adventures #2–3; Whiz Comics #21–24
    The Shazam! Archives 4 1941–1942 Captain Marvel Adventures #4–5; Master Comics #21–22; Whiz Comics #25; America's Greatest Comics #2

    The Shazam! Family Archives 1 1942 Master Comics #23–32; Captain Marvel Jr. #1; Captain Marvel Adventures #18

    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 1 1940 06/02/1940 – 12/29/1940
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 2 1941 01/05/1941 – 06/29/1941
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 3 1941 07/06/1941 – 12/28/1941
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 4 1942 01/04/1942 – 06/28/1942
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 5 1942 07/05/1942 – 12/27/1942
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 6 1943 01/03/1943 – 06/27/1943
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 7 1943 07/04/1943 – 12/26/1943
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 8 1944 01/02/1944 – 06/25/1944
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 9 1944 07/02/1944 – 12/31/1944
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 10 1945 01/07/1945 – 06/24/1945
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 11 1945 07/01/1945 – 12/30/1945
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 12 1946 01/06/1946 – 06/30/1946
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 13 1946 07/07/1946 – 12/29/1946
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 14 1947 01/05/1947 – 06/29/1947
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 15 1947 07/06/1947 – 12/28/1947
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 16 1948 01/04/1948 – 06/27/1948
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 17 1948 07/04/1948 – 12/26/1948
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 18 1949 01/02/1949 – 06/26/1949
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 19 1949 07/03/1949 – 12/25/1949
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 20 1950 01/01/1950 – 06/25/1950
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 21 1950 07/02/1950 – 12/31/1950
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 22 1951 01/07/1951 – 06/24/1951
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 23 1951 07/01/1951 – 12/30/1951
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 24 1952 01/06/1952 – 10/05/1952
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 25 1941–1944 10/13/1941 – 03/11/44 (daily comic strip)
    Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives* 26 1952-2000s All Will Eisner drawn post-1952 stories and most new cover artwork, illustrations and pinups (missing are those Eisner did for Warren Publishing)

    Superman Archives 1 1939–1940 Superman #1–4
    Superman Archives 2 1940 Superman #5–8
    Superman Archives 3 1941 Superman #9–12
    Superman Archives 4 1941–1942 Superman #13–16
    Superman Archives 5 1942 Superman #17–20
    Superman Archives 6 1943 Superman #21–24
    Superman Archives 7 1943–1944 Superman #25–29
    Superman Archives 8 1944–1945 Superman #30–35

    Superman: The Action Comics Archives 1 1938–1939 Superman stories from Action Comics #1–20
    Superman: The Action Comics Archives 2 1940–1941 Superman stories from Action Comics #21–36
    Superman: The Action Comics Archives 3 1941–1942 Superman stories from Action Comics #37–52
    Superman: The Action Comics Archives 4 1942–1943 Superman stories from Action Comics #53–68
    Superman: The Action Comics Archives 5 1944–1945 Superman stories from Action Comics #69–85

    Superman: The World's Finest Comics Archives 1 1939–1944 Superman stories from The New York World's Fair Comics #1–2; World's Best Comics #1; World's Finest Comics #2–15
    Superman: The World's Finest Comics Archives 2 1945–1948 Superman stories from World's Finest Comics #17–32

    Wonder Woman Archives 1 1941–1942 All-Star Comics #8; Sensation Comics #1–12; Wonder Woman #1
    Wonder Woman Archives 2 1943 Wonder Woman #2–4; Sensation Comics #13–17
    Wonder Woman Archives 3 1943 Wonder Woman #5–7; Sensation Comics #18–24
    Wonder Woman Archives 4 1944 Wonder Woman #8–9; Sensation Comics #25–32
    Wonder Woman Archives 5 1944–1945 Wonder Woman #10–12; Sensation Comics #33–40
    Wonder Woman Archives 6 1945–1946 Wonder Woman #13–15; Sensation Comics #41–48
    Wonder Woman Archives 7 1946 Wonder Woman #16–18; Sensation Comics #49–57

    World's Finest Comics Archives 1 1952, 1954–1956 Superman and Batman team-ups from Superman #76; World's Finest Comics #71–85
    World's Finest Comics Archives 2 1957–1959 Superman and Batman team-ups from World's Finest Comics #86–101
    World's Finest Comics Archives 3 1959–1961 Superman and Batman team-ups from World's Finest Comics #102–116

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    For the DC Omnibuses

    Title Vol. # Years covered Material collected
    Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus 1 1939–1941 Detective Comics #27–56; Batman #1–7; New York World's Fair Comics #2; World's Best Comics #1; World's Finest Comics #2–3
    Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus 2 1941–1943 Detective Comics #57–74; Batman #8–15; World's Finest Comics #4–9
    Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus 3 1943–1944 Detective Comics #75–92; Batman #16–25; World's Finest Comics #10–14
    Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus 4 1944–1946 Detective Comics #93–112; Batman #26–35; World's Finest Comics #15–22
    Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus 5 1946–1948 Detective Comics #113–132; Batman #36–45; World's Finest Comics #23–32
    Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus 6 1948–1949 Detective Comics #133–153; Batman #46–55; World's Finest Comics #33–42
    Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus 7 1949–1951 Detective Comics #154–173; Batman #56–66; World's Finest Comics #43–53
    Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus 8 1951–1953 Detective Comics #174–191; Batman #67–75; World's Finest Comics #54–62
    Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus 9 (final) 1953–1954 Detective Comics #192–208; Batman #76–84; World's Finest Comics #63–70

    Green Arrow: The Golden Age Omnibus 1 1941–1947 More Fun Comics #73–107; Adventure Comics #103–117; World's Finest Comics #7–28

    Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus 1 1938–1940 Action Comics #1–31; Superman #1–7; The New York World's Fair Comics 1939, 1940
    Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus 2 1941–1942 Action Comics #32–47; Superman #8–15; World's Best Comics #1; World's Finest Comics #2–5
    Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus 3 1942–1943 Action Comics #48–65; Superman #16–24; World's Finest Comics #6–10
    Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus 4 1943–1945 Action Comics #66–85; Superman #25–33; World's Finest Comics #11–17
    Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus 5 1945–1947 Action Comics #86–105; Superman #34–43; World's Finest Comics #19–25
    Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus 6 1947–1948 Action Comics #106–125; Superman #44–54; World's Finest Comics #26–36
    Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus 7 1948–1950 Action Comics #126–143; Superman #55–65; World's Finest Comics #37–47

    Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus 1 1941–1943 All-Star Comics #8; Sensation Comics #1–24; Wonder Woman #1–7; Comic Cavalcade #1–5
    Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus 2 1943–1945 Comic Cavalcade #6–13; Sensation Comics #25–48; Wonder Woman #8–15; The Big All-American Comic Book
    Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus 3 1945–1947 Comic Cavalcade #14–22; Sensation Comics #49–69; Wonder Woman #16–25
    Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus 4 1947–1949 Comic Cavalcade #23–29; Sensation Comics #70–91; Wonder Woman #26–36

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    And for the DC Golden Age TPBs (these are essentially recuts of the larger omnibuses - 2 TPBs = 1 Omnibus) however they are released much slower than the omnibuses and might have been stopped

    Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 1 DETECTIVE COMICS #27-45, BATMAN #1-3 and NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR COMICS #2.
    Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 2 BATMAN #4-7, DETECTIVE COMICS #46-56, WORLD’S BEST COMICS #1 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #2-3.
    Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 3 BATMAN #8-11, DETECTIVE COMICS #57-65 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #4-6.
    Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 4 BATMAN #12-15, DETECTIVE COMICS #66-74 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #7-9.
    Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 5 Batman #16-20, Detective Comics #75-81 and World’s Finest Comics #10-11.
    Batman: The Golden Age Vol. 6 Batman #21-25, Detective Comics #82-92, and World's Finest Comics #12-14

    Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 1 ACTION COMICS #1-19, selections from SUPERMAN #1-3 and NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR COMICS #1!
    Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 2 ACTION COMICS #20-31, SUPERMAN #4-7 and NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR COMICS #2.
    Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 3 ACTION COMICS #32-40, SUPERMAN #8-11, WORLD’S BEST COMICS #1 and WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #2.
    Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 4 World’s Finest Comics #3-5, Superman #12-15 and Action Comics #41-47.
    Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 5 Action Comics #48-57, Superman #16-19, and World's Finest Comics #6-8

    Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Vol. 1 ALL STAR COMICS #8, COMIC CAVALCADE #1, SENSATION COMICS #1-14 and WONDER WOMAN #1-3.
    Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Vol. 2 Sensation Comics #15-24, Comic Cavalcade #2-5 and Wonder Woman #4-7.
    Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Vol. 3 Sensation Comics #25-36, Wonder Woman #8-11 and COMIC CAVALCADE #6-8.

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    If you like digital comics, Comixology has a sale on Marvel Masterworks, including a lot of golden age material.

    Beyond that, I would highly recommend Will Eisner's The Spirit. There are a few readily available "Best Of" collections.

    A collection of Jack Cole's Plastic Man gives a sense of possibly the best superhero series of the golden age.

    Choke Gasp! The Best of 75 Years of EC Comics is a good introduction to that line of books, which isn't superhero comics, but is among the best and most popular of the era.
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    It is strange to see so little of this early material in print now. At least the existing Archives and Masterworks give us a chance of seeing some of this old material.

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