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The Ages of Comic Book History:

The final comic-book era of the late 20th century was given a variety of names during its occurrence - "The Modern Age", "The Mylar Age", "The Dark Ages", etc.

The term "Iron Age" was a very appropriate choice.  It continued the tradition of naming the historical comic-book eras after the metallic ages of Greek mythology.  According to those myths, the events that took place in superhero comic-book history from the 1930's to the end of the century match the description of these same Greek ages:

(above quotes taken from Bullfinch's Mythology - more info.)

The ancient Grecian Iron Age ended when the Gods destroyed most of mankind by a torrential deluge and flood.  The next age...

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