DC’s Golden Age Reading Order

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Ever wanted to read through the very beginnings of your favorite DC characters like Batman and Superman? This is where you start.

What’s on DC’s Golden Age reading order?

This timeline takes all of the major DC Golden Age trade paperbacks and assembles them in chronological order. While it’s hard to assemble a perfect timeline of this era, we’ve done our best, and we hope you like what you see. This era features the debut of classics like Batman and Superman, the two superheroes that essentially launched multi-billion-dollar franchises that have lasted over 75 years. Talk about longevity.

Where to start?

We recommend starting with the original Action Comics, where Superman made his debut. After that, we recommend checking out the original Detective Comics, which launched Batman. After that it’s really up to you. Some of these stories are hard to get through, but they can be fun for historical purposes.

As always, if you like this timeline, you might enjoy some of our others, including our massive collection of DC timeline in our DC Comics Hub. And if you see something that needs to be added or changed, be sure to let us know over on our contact page. We love to hear all your feedback! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this DC’s Golden Age reading order.

1BuyTor Vol. 1Graphic NovelJoe Kubert2001-07-01The Golden Age
2BuyTor Vol. 2Graphic NovelJoe Kubert2002-10-01The Golden Age
3BuyTor Vol. 3Graphic NovelJoe Kubert2004-09-01The Golden Age
4BuyShowcase Presents: Jonah Hex Vol. 1Graphic NovelJohn Albano, Arnold Drake, Michael L. Fleisher, Robert Kanigher, Gil Kane, Denny O'Neil2005-11-02The Golden Age
5BuyJonah Hex: Welcome To ParadiseGraphic NovelDennis O'Neil, Sergio Aragones2010-05-11The Golden Age
6BuyShowcase Presents: Bat LashGraphic NovelDennis O'Neil, Sergio Aragones2009-07-14The Golden Age
7BuyJonah Hex: OriginsGraphic NovelJimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Jordi Bernet, Phil Noto, Val Semeiks2007-11-07The Golden Age
8BuyThe Enemy Ace Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher2002-12-01The Golden Age
9BuyThe Enemy Ace Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelJoe Kubert2006-09-06The Golden Age
10BuyShowcase Presents: Enemy AceGraphic NovelRobert Kanigher2008-02-13The Golden Age
11BuyDoc Savage: The Man Of BronzeGraphic NovelSteve Englehart2010-06-01The Golden Age
12BuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 1Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2006-01-04The Golden Age
13BuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelJerry Siegel1998-05-04The Golden Age
14BuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 2Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2007-02-07The Golden Age
15BuySuperman Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2005-02-01The Golden Age
16BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 1Graphic NovelBill Ginger2005-04-01The Golden Age
17BuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 3Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2007-08-01The Golden Age
18BuyThe ShieldGraphic NovelHarry Shorten2004-01-21The Golden Age
19BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 0Graphic NovelGardner Fox2006-03-15The Golden Age
20BuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelBill Ginger2005-01-03The Golden Age
21BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 2Graphic NovelBill Ginger2006-09-06The Golden Age
22BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelWill Eisner2000-06-01The Golden Age
23BuySuperman: The Dailies 1939-1940Graphic NovelJerry Siegel1999-09-01The Golden Age
24BuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 4Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2008-02-06The Golden Age
25BuySuperman Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelJerry Siegel1997-11-14The Golden Age
26BuyThe Golden Age Sandman Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelGardner Fox2005-01-19The Golden Age
27BuyThe Shazam! Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelC.C. Beck1999-02-10The Golden Age
28BuyBatman Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelBill Finger1997-11-14The Golden Age
29BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 3Graphic NovelBill Finger2007-05-02The Golden Age
30BuyThe Golden Age Flash Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelGardner Fox1999-09-01The Golden Age
31BuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelJerry Siegel1998-12-01The Golden Age
32BuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 5Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2008-08-26The Golden Age
33BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelWill Eisner2000-09-01The Golden Age
34BuyThe Golden Age Spectre Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2003-04-01The Golden Age
35BuyThe Shazam! Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelC.C. Beck1999-07-01The Golden Age
36BuyThe Golden Age Green Lantern Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelBill Finger1999-05-01The Golden Age
37BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelGardner Fox1997-11-14The Golden Age
38BuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 6Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2009-02-24The Golden Age
39BuyThe Golden Age Hawkman Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelGardner Fox2006-02-01The Golden Age
40BuySuperman Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelJerry Siegel1997-11-14The Golden Age
41BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 4Graphic NovelBill Finger2007-10-03The Golden Age
42BuyThe Shazam! Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelC.C. Beck2002-12-01The Golden Age
43BuyThe Golden Age Flash Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelGardner Fox2006-02-15The Golden Age
44BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelWill Eisner2001-01-01The Golden Age
45BuySuperman: The Dailies 1940-1941Graphic NovelJerry Siegel1999-09-01The Golden Age
46BuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 7Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2009-07-28The Golden Age
47BuyThe Shazam! Archives Vol. 4Graphic NovelC.C. Beck2004-08-04The Golden Age
48BuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelBill Finger1997-11-14The Golden Age
49BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 5Graphic NovelBill Finger2008-04-29The Golden Age
50BuyThe Superman Chronicles Vol. 8Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2010-04-20The Golden Age
51BuyThe JSA All Stars Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelBill Finger2007-10-24The Golden Age
52BuyThe Golden Age Green Lantern Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelBill Finger2002-02-01The Golden Age
53BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelGardner Fox1997-11-14The Golden Age
54BuySuperman Archives Vol. 4Graphic NovelJerry Siegel1997-11-14The Golden Age
55BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 4Graphic NovelWill Eisner2001-05-01The Golden Age
56BuyThe Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelGardner Fox2000-05-01The Golden Age
57BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 6Graphic NovelBill Finger2008-10-21The Golden Age
58BuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2001-08-01The Golden Age
59BuyThe Wonder Woman Chronicles Vol. 1Graphic NovelWilliam Moulton Marston2010-03-23The Golden Age
60BuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelBill Finger2000-06-01The Golden Age
61BuyThe Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelMort Weisinger2005-03-01The Golden Age
62BuyThe Shazam! Family Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelOtto Binder, C.C. Beck2006-09-27The Golden Age
63BuySuperman: The Dailies 1941-1942Graphic NovelJerry Siegel1999-09-01The Golden Age
64BuySuperman: The Dailies 1939-1942Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2006-05-04The Golden Age
65BuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelOtto Binder, C.C. Beck1998-05-04The Golden Age
66BuyBatman Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelBill Finger1997-11-14The Golden Age
67BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 5Graphic NovelWill Eisner2001-09-01The Golden Age
68BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 7Graphic NovelBill Finger2009-03-24The Golden Age
69BuyEnemy Ace: War In HeavenGraphic NovelGarth Ennis2003-08-01The Golden Age
70BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelGardner Fox1997-11-14The Golden Age
71BuySuperman Archives Vol. 5Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2000-03-01The Golden Age
72BuyThe Blackhawk Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelWill Eisner, Dick French, Eilliam Woolfolk2001-10-01The Golden Age
73BuyThe Boy Commandos By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Vol. 1Graphic NovelJoe Simon2010-11-30The Golden Age
74BuyThe Sgt. Rock Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher, Jerry Grandinetti, Bob Haney2002-05-01The Golden Age
75BuyThe Sgt. Rock Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher2003-12-01The Golden Age
76BuyShowcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 1Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher2007-11-14The Golden Age
77BuyThe Sgt. Rock Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher2005-08-01The Golden Age
78BuyShowcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 2Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher2008-12-02The Golden Age
79BuyShowcase Presents: Haunted Tank Vol. 1Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher, Jerry Grandinetti, Bob Haney2006-05-01The Golden Age
80BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 8Graphic NovelBill Finger2009-10-20The Golden Age
81BuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelWilliam Moulton Marston2000-02-01The Golden Age
82BuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 4Graphic NovelBill Finger2003-08-01The Golden Age
83BuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelJack Cole1999-02-10The Golden Age
84BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 6Graphic NovelWill Eisner2002-01-01The Golden Age
85BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 9Graphic NovelBill Finger2010-03-02The Golden Age
86BuyThe Comic Cavalcade Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelWilliam Moulton Marston2005-06-03The Golden Age
87BuyThe Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelMort Weisinger2007-07-25The Golden Age
88BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 4Graphic NovelGardner Fox1998-12-01The Golden Age
89BuySuperman Archives Vol. 6Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2003-07-01The Golden Age
90BuySuperman: Sunday Classics 1939-1943Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2006-05-04The Golden Age
91BuyThe Batman Chronicles Vol. 10Graphic NovelJoe Greene2010-12-14The Golden Age
92BuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelWilliam Moulton Marston2002-06-01The Golden Age
93BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 7Graphic NovelWill Eisner2002-05-01The Golden Age
94BuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 5Graphic NovelDon Cameron, Bill Finger, Joe Samachson, Joe Greene2006-11-08The Golden Age
95BuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 4Graphic NovelJerry Siegel, Don Cameron2005-06-01The Golden Age
96BuyBatman Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelBill Finger1997-11-14The Golden Age
97BuyThe Newsboy Legion By Joe Simon and Jack KirbyGraphic NovelJoe Simon2010-03-30The Golden Age
98BuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelJack Cole2000-12-01The Golden Age
99BuyThe Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelGardner Fox2007-06-06The Golden Age
100BuySuperman Archives Vol. 7Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2006-04-26The Golden Age
101BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 8Graphic NovelWill Eisner2002-09-01The Golden Age
102BuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 4Graphic NovelWilliam Moulton Marston2004-03-01The Golden Age
103BuyBatman: The Dailies 1943-1944Graphic NovelBob Kane, Joe Desris1990-10-01The Golden Age
104BuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 6Graphic NovelDon Cameron2009-12-22The Golden Age
105BuySuperman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2004-09-01The Golden Age
106BuyBatman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelBill Finger2002-10-01The Golden Age
107BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 5Graphic NovelGardner Fox1999-12-01The Golden Age
108BuyThe DC Comics Rarities Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelJerry Siegel, Gardner Fox, Ken Fitch, John B. Wentworth, Bill Finger, William Moulton Marston, Sheldon Mayer, Joseph Greene, Julius Schwartz, Lynn Evans, Jon L. Blummer, A.W. Nugent, Alfred Bester, Ronald Santi2005-01-19The Golden Age
109BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 9Graphic NovelWill Eisner2003-01-01The Golden Age
110BuyThe Monster Society of EvilGraphic NovelC.C. Beck1989-01-01The Golden Age
111BuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelJack Cole2001-12-01The Golden Age
112BuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 5Graphic NovelWilliam Moulton Marston2007-09-26The Golden Age
113BuyThe Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 3Graphic NovelJoe Samachson2008-07-29The Golden Age
114BuySuperman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 5Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2007-03-28The Golden Age
115BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 10Graphic NovelWill Eisner2003-05-01The Golden Age
116BuyBatman Archives Vol. 4Graphic NovelBill Finger1998-12-01The Golden Age
117BuySuperman Archives Vol. 8Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2010-10-26The Golden Age
118BuySgt. Rock’s Combat TalesGraphic NovelRobert Kanigher2005-01-01The Golden Age
119BuyViking Prince by Joe KubertGraphic NovelRobert Kanigher2010-07-20The Golden Age
120BuyShowcase Presents: Sgt. Rock Vol. 3Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher2010-08-03The Golden Age
121BuyShowcase Presents: Haunted Tank Vol. 2Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher2008-06-17The Golden Age
122BuyAmerica At War: The Best of DC War ComicsGraphic NovelMichael Uslan1979-06-21The Golden Age
123BuyShowcase Presents: The Unknown SoldierGraphic NovelJoe Kubert, Bob Haney, Frank Robbins, Robert Kanigher, David Michelinie, Archie Goodwin2006-11-15The Golden Age
124BuyJack Kirby’s The Losers OmnibusGraphic NovelRobert Kanigher2009-03-17The Golden Age
125BuyBatman: The Dailies 1944-1945Graphic NovelPeter Poplaski1991-09-01The Golden Age
126BuyBatman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 7Graphic NovelDon Cameron, Jack Schiff, Joe Greene, Joe Samachson, Bill Finger, Alvin Schwartz2010-12-28The Golden Age
127BuyWonder Woman Archives Vol. 6Graphic NovelWilliam Moulton Marston2010-07-06The Golden Age
128BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 11Graphic NovelWill Eisner2003-09-01The Golden Age
129BuyThe Sandman By Joe Simon and Jack KirbyGraphic NovelJoe Simon2009-08-18The Golden Age
130BuyThe Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelGardner Fox2009-07-07The Golden Age
131BuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 4Graphic NovelJack Cole2002-11-01The Golden Age
132BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 6Graphic NovelGardner Fox2000-10-01The Golden Age
133BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 12Graphic NovelWill Eisner2003-12-01The Golden Age
134BuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 5Graphic NovelJack Cole2003-10-01The Golden Age
135BuyBatman: The Dailies 1945-1946Graphic NovelBill Finger1991-01-01The Golden Age
136BuyBatman: The Dailies 1943-1946Graphic NovelBill Finger2007-04-12The Golden Age
137BuyBatman: The Sunday Classics 1943-1946Graphic NovelBill Finger2007-04-12The Golden Age
138BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 13Graphic NovelWill Eisner2004-08-04The Golden Age
139BuyBatman Archives Vol. 5Graphic NovelBill Finger2001-04-01The Golden Age
140BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 7Graphic NovelGardner Fox2001-07-01The Golden Age
141BuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 6Graphic NovelJack Cole2004-11-01The Golden Age
142BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 14Graphic NovelWill Eisner2004-11-01The Golden Age
143BuyAdventures of SuperboyGraphic NovelDon Cameron2010-08-17The Golden Age
144BuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 7Graphic NovelJack Cole2006-01-01The Golden Age
145BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 15Graphic NovelWill Eisner2005-02-01The Golden Age
146BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 8Graphic NovelGardner Fox, John Broome, Rober Kanigher2002-08-01The Golden Age
147BuySuperman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2009-11-03The Golden Age
148BuyBatman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2Graphic NovelBill Finger, Don Cameron, Joe Samachson, Alvin Schwartz, William Woolfolk2005-01-20The Golden Age
149BuyThe Plastic Man Archives Vol. 8Graphic NovelJack Cole2006-08-02The Golden Age
150BuyBatman Archives Vol. 6Graphic NovelBill Finger2005-08-01The Golden Age
151BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 16Graphic NovelWill Eisner2005-06-01The Golden Age
152BuyThe Robin Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelRoy Thomas2005-10-01The Golden Age
153BuyBatman In The FortiesGraphic NovelBill Finger, Jack Schiff2004-05-01The Golden Age
154BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 9Graphic NovelJohn Broome2004-08-06The Golden Age
155BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 17Graphic NovelWill Eisner2006-02-01The Golden Age
156BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 18Graphic NovelWill Eisner2006-04-12The Golden Age
157BuyThe Spirit: Femmes FataleGraphic NovelWill Eisner2008-10-28The Golden Age
158BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 10Graphic NovelJohn Broome2004-08-01The Golden Age
159BuySuperman in The FortiesGraphic NovelJerry Siegel2005-11-01The Golden Age
160BuyBatman Archives Vol. 7Graphic NovelBill Finger2007-11-14The Golden Age
161BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 19Graphic NovelWill Eisner2006-08-02The Golden Age
162BuyThe Greatest Golden Age Stories Ever ToldGraphic NovelJack Kirby, Bill Finger, Gardner Fox, William Woolfolk, Robert Kanigher, Sheldon Mayer, Alfred Bester, Jerry Siegel, Joe Samachson, Otto Binder, Joye Murchison1990-01-01The Golden Age
163BuyThe Robin Archives Vol. 2Graphic Novel2010-04-06The Golden Age
164BuyBest Of The SpiritGraphic NovelWill Eisner2005-11-01The Golden Age
165BuyThe Spirit: A Pop-Up Graphic NovelGraphic NovelWill Eisner2008-10-14The Golden Age
166BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 20Graphic NovelWill Eisner2006-12-06The Golden Age
167BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 21Graphic NovelWill Eisner2007-04-25The Golden Age
168BuyAll Star Comics Archives Vol. 11Graphic NovelRoy Thomas, John Broome2005-03-01The Golden Age
169BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 22Graphic NovelWill Eisner2007-08-29The Golden Age
170BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 23Graphic NovelWill Eisner2007-12-26The Golden Age
171BuyThe Christmas SpiritGraphic NovelWill Eisner1995-10-01The Golden Age
172BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 24Graphic NovelWill Eisner2008-06-17The Golden Age
173BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 25Graphic NovelWill Eisner2008-10-21The Golden Age
174BuyThe Spirit Archives Vol. 26Graphic NovelWill Eisner2009-06-23The Golden Age
175BuySpirit JamGraphic NovelWill Eisner1998-08-01The Golden Age
176BuyShowcase Presents: Our Army At War Vol. 1Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher2010-12-21The Golden Age
177BuyShowcase Presents: Strange AdventuresGraphic NovelJohn Broome, Otto Binder, Joe Kubert, Bill Finger2009-01-13The Golden Age
178BuyWorld’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelEdmond Hamilton, Alvin Schwartz, Bill Finger1999-03-01The Golden Age
179BuyShowcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 1Graphic NovelOtto Binder, Curt Swan2006-03-15The Golden Age
180BuyChallengers Of The Unknown Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelDave Wood2003-08-01The Golden Age
181BuyShowcase Presents: BlackhawkGraphic Novel2008-10-14The Golden Age
182BuyThe Essential Showcase 1956-1959Graphic NovelRobert Kanigher1972-12-01The Golden Age
183BuySuperman: The Man Of Tomorrow Archives Vol. 1Graphic NovelJerry Siegel2005-05-01The Golden Age
184BuyShowcase Presents: Superman Family Vol. 2Graphic NovelOtto Binder, Curt Swan2008-02-27The Golden Age

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