Van Lente and Dunlavey summarize the history of superheroes in three panels

How better to celebrate Fred Van Lente Day than with this gem by Ryan Dunlavey, his collaborator on Comic Book Comics, their history of comics comic.

For more Van Lente goodness, check out the first link for a preview of his book with Sarah Oleksyk.


  1. Mycroft says:

    Let’s change thoses names :
    The DC Age
    The Marvel Age
    The Image Age

  2. Nick Jones says:

    Rather than going directly to the image, here’s the actual page on deviantART with artist’s comments and whatnot:

  3. Snikt Snakt says:


  4. I think there are too many words in that last panel to qualify it as modern age.

  5. Pedro Bouça says:

    “Too many words”? Never read a Bendis comic?

  6. Carlton Donaghe says:

    Yeah, whereas both the top two panels really would have been accomplished by a single panel in the Golden and Silver Ages, in the last panel, it would have needed a mini-series, finally finished off a year later in a one-shot special.

  7. Carlton Donaghe says:

    But it’s still funny… because it’s true.

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