By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
To read some great comic books from the yesteryears, most aficionados will have to hit auctions and estate sales to find what they want. From the Platinum Age (1897 – 1938) to Golden Age Comics (1939-1950), these titles are nearly hard to find. The latter introduced the era of the superhero to more than just one generation of readers and to purchase these comics now is near impossible. Unless you are rich, forget it.
Depending on the title, some are worth a hefty price or require handing out at least an Andrew Jackson ($20 USD) to own.
Thankfully, there are digital archivists actively looking to preserve this bit of the past and offer them to readers to read online. Not everyone is out to make an investment with an Action Comics #1 so they can wind up having a million dollar nest egg to retire on sixty-five years later. There are people out there who simply want to read these decades-old comics and recall what they enjoyed back in the days when 10 cents could buy a hamburger. For newer generations, perhaps all they want is to look at how their favourite hero or narrative medium has evolved over time.