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Now You’ll Pay the Penalty: The Wonderfully Weird Work of Fletcher Hanks

For most comic book fans, there is little question that the traditions and conventions that came to define Western superhero comics can be traced back to The Golden Age, a period generally considered to have begun with the first appearance of Superman in Action Comics #1 in 1938, and which lasted until (roughly) the early 1950s. During this period, comic books emerged as a developing industry, bolstered and popularized by heroic characters that tapped into the fears, anxieties, hopes, and dreams of a culture. With America still pulling out of the Great Depression and the threat of war looming ever nearer, comics
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