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90’s Comics That Were A Superhit

From 1980s to present day the era of modern day comics is bracketed. The modern age of comic books was the informal name given to this period in the history of mainstream American comic books. As compared to the period before, the characters from this time period were darker and psychologically complex. Hence, an alternative name was given to the period, which is, The Dark Age of Comic Books. In the 90s comics developed popularity in genres of horror and fantasies. By early 1970s the trend of cheerful and humanitarian superheroes started decreasing and later on dark characters like wolverine gained popularity. This got the audience fascinated with the characters and lead to the rise of antiheroes. Here are some super hits comics of the 90s

HELLBOY

Hellboy was the fictional comic character created by writer- artist Mike Mignola. The comics are about a well- meaning demon whose true name is Anug Un Rama. He is a large red skinned superhero with tail and cloven hooves for feet. He has horns which he files off leaving behind his signature stumps on the forehead. He works for non- government agencies against dark forces including Nazis and Baba Yaya. Hellboy was first publicised in 1993. As the character grew in popularity, in 2004 and 2008 live- action feature films were made, adapting the character. 

PREACHER

Preacher is an American comic book series created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillion with painted covers by Glen Fabre. It’s a supernatural action comic that started in 1995. It’s a story about Jesse Custer who is a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer accidently gets possessed by a supernatural creature who is an infant product of an unnatural and unauthorised coupling of angel and a demon. 

THE AUTHORITY

The authority is a superhero comic book series published by DC Comics under Wildstorm imprint. It was created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch in 1999. The Authority is a team of superheroes whose base of operations is The Carrier. The comic lasted for twelve issues, divided into three four-issue story arcs. 

LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLE MEN

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O’Neill and the publication began in 1999. The series spans several volumes. The story line in these comics are alternative history with a Victorian setting. Characters here are established from existing work of fiction or ancestors of the same.

SPAWN

Spawn is a fictional character of this comic, created by artist-writer Todd McFarlane. The comics first appeared in 1992. The character was part of the Empire’s 50 Greatest Comic Characters. The demonic looking character Spawn, originated from the death of a human working for the government. After death he was sent to death as his job asked him to do unreasonable killings who was given a chance to come back after 5 years.

HARBINGER

Harbinger is a comic series about a group of teenage super-powered outcasts. It was published by Valiant Comics in 1992. Originally written by Jim Shooter and illustrated by David Lapham. Harbingers in the Valiant universe are human beings with psionic powers. The powers are latent and can only be activated by extreme stress or a powerful Omega harbinger. This series gained major popularity. It was the comic book of the decade.

DAREDEVIL

Daredevil is a fictional superhero character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Daredevil was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett. The character first appeared in 1964. The character is a blind with his remaining four senses functioning with superhuman accuracy and sensitivity. 

The modern age of comics brought in refreshing and unique stories for the audience. The comics created and published in this time period are still well celebrated as they were before. These comics broke the old rules of comics and brought in new ideas and creativity that were fascinating and inspirational.

- Vrishti Nadkarni

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