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After the demise of EC and the creation of the Comics Code, super-heroes started to make their comeback in what is known as the Silver Age. As with the Golden Age, the Silver Age began with DC Comics and was heralded by the re-imagination of a number of Golden Age DC super-heroes with new science-based origins. The reintroduction of The Flash in Showcase #4 (Sep/Oct 1956) is generally acknowledged as the beginning of the Silver Age. Green Lantern was reintroduced in Showcase #22 (Sep/Oct 1959). These heroes banded together to form the Justice League of America in The Brave and the Bold #28 (Feb/Mar 1960). DC continued these revitalizations with Hawkman in The Brave and the Bold #34 (Feb/Mar 1961) and the Atom in Showcase #34 (Sep/Oct 1961) both of whom would later go on to join the Justice League of America.
The success of the super-hero relaunch at DC caused Marvel Comics Publisher Martin Goodman to ask Stan Lee to create a super-hero team for Marvel. What Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created was Fantastic Four #1 (Nov 1961) and with that, the Silver Age was well and truly off and running. The Fantastic Four was quickly followed by super-heroes like Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug/Sep 1962), Ant-Man in Tales to Astonish #35 (Sep 1962), the Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962), Thor in Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug 1962), Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #39 (Mar 1963), The Wasp in Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963) and two team books: X-Men #1 (Sep 1963), as well as a closer analog to DC's Justice League, The Avengers #1 (Sep 1963).
The Silver Age of comics is one of the most, if not the most, popular age with collectors today because of the amount of iconic characters created or relaunched during this time. Collecting comics from this era provides a fan with great history and stories about where the characters came from who are still popular today and making a huge name for themselves in movies, TV, and video games.