Mikel Midnight's Golden Age Directory
When I started this page, there was a little information about Golden Age
comics on the web. I attempted to rectify that as much as possible, with links
to the sites I found that offered useful information and also other info that
I have compiled myself. Since then, there has been an explosion of reference
material of all kinds, and I have been pleased to be a part of it.
Review of my site by Jim Hannah, from the Comics
International Website: "Posterity-conscious link-a-rama set out in
a raw-text come and have a go if you think you're hard enough manner. This site
more or less acts as the a telephone operator for the Internet comics buff,
pointing you in the right direction for anything. Not content with telling you
what's there, this site tells you what isn't and demands to be told where it
is. Its pure addiction. Really unhealthy, but satisfying if ... you can stand
Here is a Bibliography I have compiled, listing
reference books and selected comics which I think provide good guides to the
Golden Age. I am also an Amazon.Com affiliate, and many books can be ordered
directly through my page.
There were many Saturday morning serials produced
during the 40's, some of which featured heroes from the comics. Some of them
can be ordered here.
Comic House provides a basic introduction to their costumed characters.
With early work by Jack Cole, and character development by Charles Biro (also
creator of Airboy and Steel Sterling), Lev Gleason published some of the most
provocative comics of the 40's and early 50's.
The internet is a valuable means of making contact with others, whether
it be through MUSH'es, MUD's and MOO's, bulletin boards, e-mail lists, or just
places to exchange fanfic. Here are some Contact Links
for places I frequent.
Over the years I and others have done many Timelines
for the DC Multiverse and other comic book continuities.
The current dominance of superhero comics in the market was not always the
case. Many genres have rivaled their sales in the past, some examples being
War, Western, and Romance comics.
7/10/05 - Added a few dozen Earths from Adventures of Luther Arkwright
to the Cosmology Compendium. Added a new kid sidekick to my family of
Web pages wanted! The following characters/concepts
are woefully unrepresented on the web:
The earliest costumed heroes: Phantom Magician, the
Phantom, the Clock, Dr. Occult, Superman, Crimson Avenger, and others (with
a timeline). There are some individual sites but nobody to tie the concepts
together in an historical narrative.
Airboy, and Hillman Publications.
The All-Winners Squad. There are plenty of pages
on the Invaders, but how about a page which gives detailed information on their
four published cases, and on the Blonde Phantom, the Patriot and Spirit of '76?
nice touch would be additional info on the Fighting Yank, whom the Spirit of
'76 was partially inspired by.
The Boy Commandos and the Newsboy Legion.
The Golden Age Daredevil.
The Golden Age Sandman. He recently had his own series,
and his heir is in the recent JSA incarnation.
How to make a web page? I recommend:
Cyndi's Guide to How to Write
HTML in One Easy Lesson (a good guide to the basics by my girlfriend)
Beginner's Guide to HTML -- An excellent how-to get started writing your
own homepage. In 30 minutes, you'll know the basics of HTML
Good HTML -- Avoiding basic mistakes and improving formatting style
Here are some lists I maintain ... please contact
me with any additions or corrections you might have.
The Golden Age DC Villain's List (thanks to Jess
Nevins and David Stepp)
The Golden Age Fawcett/Charlton Villain's List
The Golden Age Timely/King Features Villain's
List (thanks to Ron Byrd for corrections and clarifications)
The Freedom Fighters (Quality) Villain's List
The Lev Gleason
Characters from the Centaur Comics Line
Other Golden Age heroes from Ace Periodicals,
Centaur Publications, Fox
Publications, Harvey Comics, and Holyoke
Other Golden Age heroes from Lev
Gleason's Comic House, Harry
"A" Chesler Publications, and Timely Comics.
The International Heroes List (Europe and the Americas)
The International Heroes List (Africa,
the Middle East, and Asia)
The International Villains List
Fez-Wearing Supers List
The Jewish Supers List
The TV/TS Supers List
The Canonical List of Super Non-Human Simians
Canonical List of Self-Amputating Supers
Want list - music
Want list - books
Want list - comics
Want list - stories (Golden Age, p/copies
(Thanks to fellow listmaker Jorge de la Cruz of Jorge's
Super List of Lists for his work on the original International Lists,
and for donating his Super Non-Human Simians list)
Here are some Selected Comics Reference Links for (mainly)
Golden Age Comics and Characters
Links to DC/Quality/Fawcett/Charlton Sites
Links to Timely/Marvel Sites
Links to Sites for Other Companies and Characters
Heroines of the Golden Age
Links to Sites for Independent and Alternative
Comics and Creators
The Link Controversy
The 100 Greatest Comic
Artists - informative listing and portfolio of American cartoonists.
Comics Reality - essays on the history of comics. Highly recommended.
Ben Samuels' Classic Golden
Age Comic Book Cover Gallery - moderate size but nice range and commentary.
Camelot in Four Colors - a
survey of the Arthurian legend in comics.
Comics - article on Frederick Werthem et al.
Classic Comic Books
- useful and detailed articles on characters primarily from the Silver Age.
- brief and not bad superhero-oriented history of the medium.
Comic Book Homepage
- in Spanish and English, good history of the comics and some alternative stuff.
Comic Book Life - a
for-pay webzine that is currently serialising Mike Benton's historical books.
Book Page - Good overview on the history of comics GA-present.
Crimeboss Home Page - crime comics
from the 40's and 50's
Reader - links to numerous personal pages on comics history, particularly
Good Girl work.
Gert & Daisy's Modern
Guide to Old Comics - slight but entertaining page with a variety of material
Golden Age Greats
reprints tales of characters such as Strongman, Red Dragon, Green Turtle, Skyman,
the Key, and others.
Golden Age Villains Encyclopedia
- lists obscure villains from the 1940's.
The Golden Age Hero
Directory - Jess Nevins' comprensive list of every Golden Age adventure
Years - selection of high-quality reprints, and varied DC cover galleries
Gone & Forgotten
- slight essays on (justifiably) obscure (mainly Silver Age) characters,
Good Guys & Gals of the
Golden Age - basic entries on obscure characters, rotated monthly.
The History of
Superhero Comic Books - brief, but good overview.
- quality web magazine with occasional reprints.
One Upon A Dime - real and faux articles, quite entertaining.
Periodic Table of Comic Books
- educational page using comic panels to illustrate the properties of the elements.
- varied web magazine in Portugese which typically has an article on Golden
Age comics and other topics.
Excitement! - Comics "house ads", and reprints of obscure Golden Age comics.
Silver Age Reviews - the archives
of the Yahoo Silver Age Reviews group.
- relettered (and occasionally rebald) Golden Age comic covers.
Trusts's All-In-One Start Page - good articles on DC war heroes, and a nice
selection of links.
Two Tub Man's Comic
Book Cover Gallery HQ - includes many Golden and Silver Age series.
Telling of Stories: Comics Lecture - scholarly articles and a timeline dating
back to the 16th century.
Hermes Reviews - pulp hero novels and stories. Highly recommended.
Hero Pulps Page
- Doc Savage, Spider, Operator 5, G-8, Avenger, et al
Pulp Magazine Heroes
The Secret Headquarters
- sadly indexless files on heroes from comics, pulps, and literature.
Detective: Private Eyes of the Comics - impressive listing
Adventure Heroes of the Pre-War Years - superlative page on heroes from
1902 to 1939.
Page - superlative page on obscure Victorian fictional characters, with
Wold Newton Universe
- P.J. Farmer's pulp family tree; good graphics (slow load), lots of info.
Here are some good general comics links
Alternative Comics: a WWW Guide - excellent resource, highly recommended
Le site des editions Casterman
- European publisher site
The Comic Book Legal Defense
Fund - Protecting the comic industry's right to free speech
- virtual comic con w/ pros hawking their stuff, work by major creators unseen
- wide-ranging comics webzine.
indyworld - superb
web magazine on independent publications.
Ism Comics - indie comics
on the web from established pros, highly recommended.
Lemon Custard -
comics sampler, some exclusive to the web, some adapted from print (Ditko/Wood/Kane).
- excellent list of comics links, primarily Euro (in Italian).
- weekly strips by Tom Tomorrow, Carol Lay, Keith Knight, Ruben Bolling, Don
Suck - well they do.
Stu's Comics Strip Connection
- lots of stuff, I am still sorting through this one.
Home Page - An entertaining personal page with (illustrated!) comics reviews
What's Your Superpower?
- amusing personality test, on a page of such things.
Some pages of links that I haven't had time to go through
and incorporate into the rest of the page:
2000 AD Links project
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