179 – Captain Marvel, Jr

In Whiz Comics #25 (November 1941), Fawcett introduces Captain Marvel Jr, aka Freddy Freeman, a crippled boy who became the second official member of the Marvel Family. It seems like Fawcett began to realize how big of a hit Captain Marvel was starting to become and had plans to spread it around with new characters, […]

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178 – The Penguin

Yet another iconic Batman villain makes his debut this year, with The Penguin in Detective Comics #58 (October 1941). Um… he looks like a penguin. He wears a monocle and a top-hat. He uses umbrellas to commit crimes. That’s about all I can really say about him from this story.

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177 – Wonder Woman!

In All-Star Comics #8 (October 1941), the third of DC’s “Trinity” finally arrives: Wonder Woman! Tucked behind a Justice Society of America story (in which Hourman and Green Lantern have been replaced by Starman and Dr. Mid-Nite), Dr. William Moulton Marston, aka Charles Moulton gives us the definitive Wonder Woman origin story. This story has […]

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176 – Hawkwoman For Real?

Although Hawkgirl‘s first appearance six months earlier was probably intended to be a one-shot gimmick, Shiera Sanders starts to suit up more regularly near the end of 1941 and even refers to herself as “Hawkwoman” in this story in Flash Comics #24 (October 1941). That’s a little confusing, because the Golden Age version of this […]

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175 – Kirby Busts Out

Throughout 1941, Jack Kirby continued to challenge and experiment with conventional comic book layouts. In Captain America #9 (September 1941), we see Cap and Bucky aggressively bursting out of funky-shaped panels, curved or jagged borders, characters with body parts hanging over the rims, etc. We get to see lots of the two-page spreads too!

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174 – Aquaman!

The second major hero to be introduce in More Fun Comics #73 (September 1941) was Aquaman, created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris. This first story featured a different origin than in later years, in which Aquaman’s father was a scientist who discovered the underwater ruins of Atlantis, then helped his son learn to live […]

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173 – Green Arrow!

More Fun Comics #73 (September 1941), brought the debut of two new DC characters that are still having adventures to this day, 78 years later, including having adventures on the big and the small screens. Green Arrow, aka Oliver Queen, was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. He was a shallow copy of Batman, […]

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172 – The Big Two Meet

In All-Star Comics #7 (August 1941), we finally see an in-story meeting of Batman and Superman. The Justice Society of America decides to raise a million dollars for the world’s war children. At the end of the story, Johnny Thunder wishes in the honorary members of the JSA: Superman, Batman and the Flash, who bring […]

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171 – The Scarecrow

Batman’s villain gallery continues (by far!) to be the most interesting one of the Golden Age of Comics. In World’s Finest Comics #3 (August 1941), The Scarecrow is introduced. Jonathan Crane, obsessed with fear since childhood, becomes a professor of psychology and an object of ridicule by other professors. His mind twisted, he decides to […]

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170 – The Chin of Fate

In More Fun Comics #72 (August 1941), Doctor Fate suddenly changes his helmet to only cover half of his face, in what I’m assuming is a continuing attempt to humanize Kent Nelson, a trend that began earlier this year. No in-story explanation is given for this change, but according to Wikipedia this was later retroactively […]

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