315 – Plastikit

I found this ad in All-Winners Comics #18 (April 1946) and other Timely (Marvel) comics and had to chuckle. “The magic of making valuable things with plastic” sounds a bit like how I think of 3D printers these days. I couldn’t find anything on the internet about “Plastikit” or what it actually allowed you to […]

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314 – Flashy Timey-Wimey

In All-Flash #23 (April 1946), we actually get a genuine science fiction story in which the Flash is transported to the Planet Karma, has to time travel into the future of that planet, battle aliens and alien dinosaurs, and correct his own mistakes by doing even more time-traveling. I like how the Flash is still […]

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313 – Just a Story

In Comic Cavalcade #15 (April 1946), DC introduces a new anthology feature called “Just a Story” written by Howard Purcell. This story features a scientist who creates a time machine, then accidentally travels back to France in the 1400s and becomes trapped there, meets and falls in love with Joan of Arc, and then is […]

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312 – Dinosaur Islands

In Batman #35 (April 1946), Batman and Robin visit an island filled with animatronic dinosaurs called Dinosaur Island. Kind of a precursor to DC’s actual Dinosaur Island, and it appears this is where Batman and Robin pick up the mechanical T-Rex as a trophy for their Batcave.

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311 – Catwoman o’ Nine Tails

Batman #35 (April 1946) marks only the seventh appearance of Catwoman, but apart from her blonde hair she looks mostly like she would throughout the rest of the Golden Age: Purple mask and matching tight-fitting dress and gloves with a green cape.

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310 – Miss America enters the Atomic Age

By the mid-1940s, Miss America from Timely (Marvel) had transitioned from a comic book into a “magazine” with lots of ads targeting young women and articles/stories seeking to shape young girls minds into proper “American ideals”. I love how every article consists of the the first page and then a “continued on some later page” […]

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309 – Thinking Machines

In Real Fact Comics #2 (March 1946), it is mentioned that Harvard University has a “thinking machine”. I imagine this is referring to the Harvard Mark I, which was an early general-purpose electronic computer, though Wikipedia tells me it was not Turing-complete. ENIAC is the more famous “first computer” and was put into service only […]

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308 – The Three Dimwits Solo

The Flash’s comic relief supporting characters (Winky, Blinky and Noddy – cheap knockoffs of the Three Stooges) make their first solo appearance in All-American Comics #73 (March 1946). This is another signal of non-superhero / humor comics becoming more prominent. Phew! only a few more years of this stuff to go through before the Golden […]

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307 – Superman’s Pupils

Superman earliest comic book appearances always portrayed him as a dashing, heroic figure. Joe Shuster drew the character as always in command and never surprised. As a result, he eyes were always shadowed or squinting. Did Superman even have white eyeballs? Around the time of Superman #40 (March 1946) I started noticing more illustrations of […]

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306 – Ma and Pa Kent

In February 1946, Superboy finally moves to Adventure Comics in Issue #108. This story establishes that Clark is ten years old and shows a rare glimpse of his parents, Ma and Pa Kent who are unnamed and whose appearance vary a bit from panel to panel (in one panel, Pa Kent is bald).

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