posted by Joe Anaya on November 3rd, 2014

Right now is the Golden Age of Superheroes. Full stop. Period. The golden age for comics may have been in the 50′s but superheroes are everywhere nowadays. And I love it.

On television alone, there’s Arrow, featuring the Green Arrow. (If I had a dollar for every time my wife said, “Arrow is so cute,” I’d be richer than Bruce Wayne.) And there’s Arrow‘s spinoff, The Flash, the fastest man alive. Then there are the adventures of Detective Gordon (not yet commissioner) in pre-Batman, Gotham. And of course Marvel’s Agents of Shield, which was used as a set up and exposition for the feature films Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier.

As a kid, I spent hours reading, drawing, and play-acting as my favorite superheroes. I learned concepts like exoskeleton, Gamma radiation, and sub-atomic particles from comics. I’d cut out construction paper versions of all the heroes. I even learned to sew, so I could make superhero costumes for my G.I. Joes. (Yes, I can sew.)

Every time I was at the grocery store, I begged my mom to buy me another comic. When I was older, I begged my mom to let me bike to the 7-11 to get the next issue of my favorite comics. (There was a lot of begging in my house.)

One day, my dad bellowed, “Why don’t you just subscribe?”

“What! What’s that?” I had never heard of such a thing. For the next two years, all I wanted for my birthday was a subscription to The Avengers. Thor, Captain America, Iron-man, Hawkeye, Vision, Scarlet Witch, all in one comic. I was in bliss every week.

It seeped into my sub-consciousness, even my grown-up wardrobe. My son pointed out that my love of bold graphics and bright colors on shirts made me look like a superhero. Even if you exclude the sports jerseys (which look very superhero-y), a fair number of my regular shirts have a vague but noticeable heroic flair.

In theaters, of course there’s The Avengers, and all it’s individual hero movies. Guardian of the Galaxy was a summer box office hit. Christopher Nolan reinvigorated the D.C. universe with his brilliant Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight is the best superhero movie ever. If you don’t agree, you’re just wrong.

I love all things superhero. I even liked Ben Affleck’s Daredevil and Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern, the first time I saw them. They don’t quite hold up to repeated viewings. (Electra was horrible from the beginning; even I have limits.)

Despite these occasional flops, the superhero genre has done well. So well in fact, in the coming years, the studios have planned Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Superman v Batman. (I hope Zack Snyder doesn’t wreck it.) If you’re familiar with the genre, you know how awesome these storylines are. Comic geeks of the world unite. It doesn’t get any better than this. ‘Nuff said.

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