496 – Fat Old Sugar-Mommies

In EC’s Weird Fantasy #12 (January 1952), “A Man’s Job” features an amusing tale from a future in which women and men’s roles are reversed: a woman president, a mostly-women Supreme Court, all women going out to work while the men stay at home and take care of the house. Truly a weird fantasy! I […]

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495 – Perry Robot

It wasn’t just Superman who was experimenting with life-like robots, it appears that Luthor was also doing so in Action Comics #166 (January 1952). Luthor kidnaps Perry White and switches in his robot duplicate to send Lois to dangerous assignments to keep Superman busy. Robots seem to be popping up in every comic book by […]

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494 – Superman’s First Robots

Throughout the 1950s, Superman and Superboy often used a series of realistic robots to deceive Lois/Lana or others about Clark’s real identity. Action Comics #165 (December 1951) could be considered the first such use of this literary device. In it, Superman meets “Krag” a superman from the planet Mercury who joins up with criminals. Turns […]

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493 – King of the Cats

In Batman #69 (November 1951), the villain “King of the Cats” is introduced. At this point in DC continuity, Catwoman has been rehabilitated for about a year now and Selina Kyle is mostly just a pet shop owner. The King of the Cats initiates a crime spree involving cat-themed crimes and Batman worries that Selina […]

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492 – Grotesque Medium

EC Comics continue to push the envelope of shocking imagery in its latest comic, Shock SuspenStories #1 (November 1951). While “The Neat Job!” is somewhat infamous (having been featured in the 1973 anthology film) and has its own particular grotesque imagery (a neat freak tortures his wife until she snaps and arranges his body parts […]

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491 – Sensation-less Wonder Woman

Sensation Comics #107 (November 1951) makes the abrupt transition from a superhero comic featuring Wonder Woman to becoming a supernatural/horror type comic. Sensation only lasts for about another year or so before being cancelled, leaving Wonder Woman’s only regular appearance in her own mag. This is in stark contrast to Superman (appearing in four different […]

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490 – Luthor and Kryptonian Tech

In “The Lost Secrets of Krypton!”, a story in Superman #74 (November 1951), Luthor uses Kryptonian technology for the first time to menace the world. Luthor discovers these artifacts while searching for kryptonite in space, but instead uncovers a cache of weapons that Jor-el had sent out into space before Krypton exploded. Superman defeats Luthor […]

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489 – Two-Face Two

DC leans a bit into the current horror vibe in Batman #68 (October 1951), with an apparent return of a gruesome Batman villain: Two-Face! It’s been three whole years since the last Two-Face story. This time it’s an actor set to play Harvey Dent / Two-Face in a play, who has the same acid-scaring incident […]

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488 – Mutant Prejudice

In “The Mutants!”, a story in Weird Fantasy #10 (September 1951), the tale is told of a future in which mutants are born on Earth thanks to radioactivity from the hydrogen bomb. These mutants are deformed, but incredibly smart. The people of Earth fear and shun them, kicking them off the planet. However, the mutants […]

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487 – Boring vs. Swan!

In Superman #73 (Sept 1951), “Perry White vs. Clark Kent!”, Clark gets promoted to managing editor of the Daily Planet and has to compete with Perry White who gets a job as editor of The Dispatch. While an interesting enough story, I thought it was more interesting that we get to see the first glimmerings […]

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