"HEY KIDS, COMICS!" was - at least, up through the Bronze Age of Comics - the summons of the spinner racks found at many News Stands, Bus Depots, Grocery Stores, Convenience Stores and Liquor Stores throughout the country. Liquor Stores were also called "Party Stores" in the mid-west - not exactly what you'd consider a thoroughfare for family entertainment, but, hey - if there were comics to be found, you'd find the fans there! (I've reinterpreted the call just a bit for the purpose of this site).
Nowadays, there are comics specialty shops across the nation and there's finally some growing traffic in them. Although you can certainly find them digitally at Comixology, sadly, you won't find comics in many of the old locations, anymore. You know, the ones where a kid would happen across these four colored pamphlets and become inspired with the desire to read through the brightly colored pictures. Comics shops are sort of like a Hallmark Card Shop - only with comics... trouble is, no one has a regular occasion throughout the course of a normal year to go to one. Hopefully, it's Comixology - in conjunction with the current mania around superhero movies - that's changing that.
These pages were created with a fondness for the sense of wonder inspired by the comics of a by-gone era. One in which children (and, sometimes, adolescents) were the target audience for these treats, which continue to provide entertainment for all ages - even today.
MetropolisPlus is primarily dedicated to the last great "age" of comics, The Bronze Age. Everything past the Bronze Age is difficult to categorize, though many make attempts. That said, the desire here is to focus on those things we loved about the Bronze Age, as well as other items above and beyond.
We'll continue to add more links as we have over the past few years, but in the meantime, we hope you'll enjoy the current offerings here!
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