The 50’s sucked for a lot of mediums. And they did eventually thrive and grow. So as bad as all that was, that’s not entirely the story. I am not convinced we will ever see super hero comics be anywhere near as large an industry as they were in the 90’s. Most of those sales were driven by speculators, and that fad isn’t coming back. I could write paragraphs and paragraphs on why I think we will never get back to those heights of sales due to complex issues like the competition for attention from digital mediums, the essentially frozen status quo, the catering to the direct market, and the incestuous nature of the industry. But put it all together and the story is that I just do not see a way forward for the comic book medium as far as superheroes go.