As an old guy who likes old comics, I am surprised and delighted at the events of the last few years.
In the 1960s and '70s many comics were at their height. There were wonderful creators and new characters were coming out all the time. However, comic books were considered ephemeral, disposable items and often thrown out.
There was also what I call 'The Comic Code Hangover'. Many parents felt that comics were a bad influence or just printed for children. They were the Rodney Dangerfield* of publishing - they got no respect. (*US comedian, born Jacob Rodney Cohen, also known as Jack Roy.)