194 – Super-Nesting

By Superman #17 (May 1942), Superman has built a “mountain sanctuary”, not-yet-called a Fortress of Solitude, but looking a hell of a lot like it. Here Superman puts the finishing touches on its construction.

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193 – Captain America Unmasked!

In Marvel Mystery Comics #32 (April 1942), the Red Skull unmasks Captain America and discovers his secret identity as Steve Rogers. I believe this is the first time a villain learns the secret identity of a costumed hero and survives.

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192 – Wonder Woman joins the JSA

In All-Star Comics #11 (April 1942), members of the Justice Society of America decide to join the United States armed forces as civilians to help with World War II. Eventually, the generals decide that having super-powered civilians in the forces is too disruptive, so they decide to form the Justice Battalion of America. In the […]

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191 – Lasso of Truth

Wonder Woman gains her iconic weapon (?), the Lasso of Truth in Sensation Comics #6 (April 1942). But it was more than just forcing her enemies to tell the truth, it forced them to do her bidding.

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190 – Torch for Pearl Harbor

U.S. comic books keep up their strong support for World War II throughout 1942. In March 1942, almost every comic book had their heroes fighting the Japanese or the Germans. In the March 1942 issue of Marvel Mystery Comics (#31), the Human Torch gives it to the Japanese.

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189 – Robotman

Also appearing in Star Spangled Comics #7 (February 1942) is the first version of DC’s Robotman. Created by Jerry Siegel and Leo Novak, Robotman was Robert Crane, a scientist who was fatally shot, but was lucky enough to have his brain placed into robot by a buddy. Everyone needs a buddy like that.

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188 – The Newsboy Legion and the Guardian

Jack Kirby and Joe Simon jumped the Timely/Marvel Comics ship at the end of 1941 and landed at National/DC Comics just as the U.S. was entering World War II. in Star Spangled Comics #7 (February 1942), they debuted a Captain America-resembling hero named The Guardian who took a bunch of orphaned newsboys under his wing […]

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187 – Baroness Paula

More female bondage in Sensation Comics #4 (February 1942), when Wonder Woman meets her first recurring character, Nazi criminal Baroness Paula von Gunther. Paula was created by Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston.

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186 – Wonder Kink

Early Wonder Woman stories always seem to have something to do with tying up women, teaching them lessons, light bondage and paddlings. Later, this woman from Sensation Comics #3 (January 1942) accepts her punishment and asks for handcuffs.

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