204 – The Duke of Deception

One of the uglier Wonder Woman nemeses is introduced in Wonder Woman #2 (October 1942): The Duke of Deception! He was one of several generals that the God of War, Ares / Mars kept around. His demigod peers were the Lord of Conquest and the Earl of Greed.

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202 – Superman Cartoons

In Superman #19 (September 1942), we find what I can only assume is an intentionally-whimsical story in which Clark Kent takes Lois Lane to the movies and Clark has to prevent Lois from seeing key parts of the Superman cartoon to protect his actual secret identity from being discovered. Of course this makes no sense […]

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201 – Two-Face, Part Two

The first Two-Face story from Detective Comics #66 skips a month and continues from its cliff-hanger in Detective #68 (August 1942). Two-Face flips a coin (with a green hand!) to determine if he will lead a life of crime or try to get help. The coin stands on its edge so he lets fate decide. […]

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200 – Bucky Balls

Just your average innocent thought bubble from an adventure that Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers (Captain America) had in a Nazi-infested bowling alley.

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199 – SuperCrossFit

In the Superman story of World’s Finest Comics #7 (July 1942), Superman is shown spending time in his “mountain retreat”, working out and staying fit. This is the first sort of expanding of the Superman storylines to feature things he would do in his off-hours between adventures.

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198 – Queen Hippolyte

In July 1942, Wonder Woman joins the ranks of Superman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern in getting her own self-titled regular comic book. Wonder Woman #1 features a much expanded origin story both of Wonder Woman and of the Amazons, including Queen Hippolyte facing off against a ridiculously muscle-bound Hercules.

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197 – Two-Face!

Detective Comics #66 (June 1942) saw the introduction of another great macabre Batman villain: Two-Face! This origin story features everything: Handsome public defender, angry criminal court scene, acid splash and then a psychotic break into a supervillain with a fascination for the number 2. The only difference from the modern day version is that he […]

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196 – Prankster: Creepy AF

In June 1942, Superman gains a new supervillain in his roster: The Prankster. Looking like a creepy human representation of a vaudeville style ventriloquist dummy, complete with half-lidded eyes, he plagues Superman with practical joke-themed crimes.

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195 – Bat-Nesting

Not to be out-done by Superman’s nesting, Batman #12 (June 1942) continues to deepen the Batman mythos by offering two glimpses into how Bruce Wayne celebrates his mission against crime (which is really an excuse to adventure in tights, at this point): A Hall of Trophies and a detailed glimpse at the secret lair, which […]

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