I couldn't find any discussion on this topic, which kind of boggles my mind since this is EXACTLY the place where this topic should be discussed. But I blame myself since I've had a copy of this way-cool one-shot magazine since Christmas. It's called RISE OF THE SUPERHERO, and it's published by a division of what we used to know as LIFE Magazine. It's one of those hard-bound magazines that you see near the checkout lines in grocery stores or in other fine stores wherever cool stuff is displayed.
It's kind of a hybrid between those one-shots that are devoted to a single movie or series or subject (e.g., Star Wars, James Bond, Star Trek, the Beatles) and a history of comic book superheroes that blends into a discussion of movie and TV superheroes as well. But, it frequently veers off into political and historical discussions (plenty of stuff about Nazis and Red Scares and Viet Nam, etc.).
Given its LIFE Magazine pedigree, it naturally is chockful of photos, most of which you've probably never seen before, or certainly not recently (regrettably, they use the exact same photo of Lynda Carter twice, rather than finding another photo of her, but that's kind of a minor quibble). The book moves more or less chronologically throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, though it takes a few wonky detours into politics that don't really make a seamless fit into the theme of superheroes, but you know, LIFE is sitting on a treasure trove of old photographs that they've already paid for, so I guess they felt obligated to milk a little more mileage out of them.
But the way-coolest thing of all, no doubt about it, is that our very own Mr. Silver Age himself, Craig Shutt, contributed the material for the Silver Age (though LIFE, in its wonkiness, seems to think the Silver Age ran from 1953-1972). Craig is our tour guide through the thrilling reenactment of how Julie Schwartz & Co. revived the Golden Age characters, beginning with the Flash, and then how Stan Lee and Jack launched the Marvel Age. Craig also contributes an article on the Comics Code Authority, and another one about Iron Man. As you can imagine, Craig does a great job, sharing with the huddled masses that same sense of humor and love of comics that we here have known about for a long, long time.
So my apologies for not mentioning this sooner. I urge everybody to rush out to their local grocer or bookstore and glom onto a copy of this. Or, you know, just buy it off Amazon.