There are, really, only four silver age comic book titles that hold up today...for me.

 

Carl Barks' Disney work.

Most of the Archie titles.

The Amazing Spider-Man by Lee, Ditko, and Romita, Sr.

The Incredible Hulk by Lee, Kirby, Ditko and friends.

 

I appreciate the rest...but, man, I just can't seem to finish a Showcase or an Essential-type collection of any other comics from that era.

 

What have you read from that era that didn't take superpowers to finish?

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I'll limit my recommendations to three:

Avengers MMW Vol. 10 reprints #89-100 – The Kree/Skrull War, Thomas/Adams
Captain America MMW Vol. 3 reprints #101-113, Lee/Kirby and Lee/Steranko
X-Men MMW Vol. 6 reprints #54-66, the last arc of the Silver Age, Thomas/Adams
I recommend that you have an orange and a protein bar for your afternoon snack.

I was never able to finish up the Adam Strange Vol. 1 hardcover. I was really excited about it too since I heard so much good word about his early stories. That and I'm a sucker for Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon-type characters. But alas, Rann's perpetual problems didn't concern me enough to finish it.

I think the problem with a lot of those reprint volumes is that the formula and repetitiveness becomes very apparent when you get a large chunk of it at once, especially in the lesser titles.I suspect I could read Superman and Batman all day without much trouble, but Hawkman? Or Green Arrow? I doubt it.

Marvel's Silver Age stuff holds up pretty well for me though. DC's not so much.

I think the problem with a lot of those reprint volumes is that the formula and repetitiveness becomes very apparent when you get a large chunk of it at once, especially in the lesser titles.

 

Sort of as if somebody were to sit and watch a whole bunch of episodes of The Munsters in a row, for instance.

"silver age comic book titles that hold up today...for me."

 

Hmm...

 

DR. STRANGE by Steve Ditko & Stan Lee.  (NO doubt in my mind that, apart from the origin, itself a swipe of both LOST HORIZON and MANDRAKE's origin, Ditko plotted those stories 100% on his own.)

 

NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD in STRANGE TALES #135-168 and certain issues of the NF series. (A pity Jack Kirby only did full pencils on 3 of the episodes he wrote. I keep imagining how it might have been if he'd been teamed with Wally Wood for that entire run.  Apart from a couple of MAJOR narrative goof-ups, Stan did some of his best dialogue on this, just like on Dr. Strange.  Ironically, Steranko's art got better and better just as his writing, which had started out very solid, got more and more incoherent. NF #5 and his 3 CAP issues were a huge improvement, though.)

 

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES in ADVENTURE COMICS-- specifically, the issues done by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan & George Klein, and Jim Mooney. Most of them, anyway (I discount any REALLY STUPID plots which were no doubt shoved on Shooter by Mort Weisinger.)

 

I think the problem with a lot of those reprint volumes is that the formula and repetitiveness becomes very apparent when you get a large chunk of it at once, especially in the lesser titles

 

Exactly.  I've appreciated reading the occasional Showcase but I rarely read the whole thing without taking a break to read something else. 

I've enjoyed most of what I've read from the Silver Age. Some, especially Showcase Presents Superman Family, surprised me by how much I did enjoy them. The absolute worst, though, the one that took incredible willpower to finish, was Showcase Presents Wonder Woman. Oh, gosh, that was garbage.
Baron, I think we all knew you should have done "The Addams Family" instead of "The Munsters."

The Baron said:

I think the problem with a lot of those reprint volumes is that the formula and repetitiveness becomes very apparent when you get a large chunk of it at once, especially in the lesser titles.

 

Sort of as if somebody were to sit and watch a whole bunch of episodes of The Munsters in a row, for instance.

I loved, loved, LOVED the Celestial Madonna Saga in The Avengers in the 70s, and I was blown away by first Thanos War that crossed over into several books.  It stood to reason that I thought I'd love the Avengers/Defenders War that I never was able to read until trades became prevalent. 

It stunk on ice.

..Do you just mean the six issues of the original run of Hulkie's title ?

  Into TTA ?

  The 2nd title ?

Hmm...

 

I think most DC and Marvel stuff from the Silver Age holds up quite well.  It may not all be brilliant, but it's mostly solid, strong storytelling.  Same with many other publishers.

Henry R. Kujawa said:
DR. STRANGE by Steve Ditko & Stan Lee.

 

Henry R. Kujawa Johnson is right!

As much as I LOVE the Avengers, and consider that to be "My book," the early issues don't hold a candle to the original Dr. Strange comics, IMHO. One thing though, they MUST be read in color. Ditko's bizarre other-dimensional landscapes absolutely sing in color, while in black and white they just hum a little. Also, when Doc's astral form leaves his body, there's not so much of a difference when they're both in glorious no-color.


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