533 – Wonderful Multiverse

In Wonder Woman #59 (March 1953), Diana meets a doppleganger who has identical appearance and powers. This is Princess “Tara Terruna”, which means “Wonder Woman” in their language. Wonder Woman deduces that she is on a parallel Earth that has doubles of everyone on Earth: We are still a long ways away from a true […]

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532 – Superboy in the Future

Although it has been well-established that Superboy can willingly travel through time, in Adventure Comics #187 (February 1953), Superboy is accidentally snatched into the 25th century and must spend some time there until the next “fortuitous planetary conjunction”. While in the 25th century, he learns that records of the 20th century have been wiped out […]

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531 – Not Man-Bat

While EC was producing some of the most thought-provoking stories of their time, I can’t say the same thing was happening over at DC. In Batman #76 (February 1953), the Penguin escapes and starts assaulting Gotham City with giant mythical birds that appear to have powers. Amidst basilisks, dragons, and rocs, the Penguin introduced a […]

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530 – Judgment Day!

In EC’s Weird Fantasy #18 (January 1953), the now-infamous story of “Judgment Day!” appears. This tells the story of an astronaut from Earth who lands on a planet populated by sentient robots to see if the planet is ready to enter the great Galactic Republic. After being taken through the orange robot’s society, the astronaut […]

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529 – Stretching Believability

In “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Superman”, a story from Superman #81 (January 1953), the writers get even crazier with Superman’s costume. Earth passes through a kryptonite dust cloud, meaning all of Earth’s air has become lethal (or is it just weakening?) to Superman for one day. He retreats under the water and solves […]

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