A Brief History of Superhero Comics
Golden Age Comics Creator: I created a hero who can fly!
Silver Age Comics Creator: I created a hero who can fly who has real life problems and personal flaws. Oh and there’s also a talking gorilla! Excelsior!
70s Comics Creator: I’m going to take an established character, give him a diverse supporting cast and deal with real world issues. Oh and there’s also kung-fu magic werewolves.
80s Comics Creator: I’m going to take an established character and deconstruct genre tropes while taking a nuanced exploration of dark, sometimes disturbing issues.
90s Comics Creator: Duuuuuude! I made a guy with a robot arm and a giant gun and he’s going to talk about how dark and tortured he is while punching people. Oh and there’s going to be 8 number one chrome covered holographic foil chocolate dipped covers. We are going to be so rich!
2000s Comics Creator: All previously established characters are mine to destroy just to show how edgy and groundbreaking my work is. Any B and C list characters you like are now cannon fodder to be killed and dismembered in gruesome fashion. The A-list characters will undergo a never-ending cavalcade of suffering until the point they are unlikable psychopaths. Oh and if you complain about it we’ll just reboot continuity to make things even darker.
2010s Comics Creator: I made a hero who can fly that’s also a black gay teenager!