679 – Titano

Another Superman villain is introduced in Superman #127 (Dec 1958): Titano! Yes, we clearly needed a “super-ape”. Chimp goes into a rocket / spaceship, is exposed to two meteors (uranium and kryptonite) and comes back grown to enormous size and sporting kryptonite vision. A “certain spin” sends Titano across the time barrier into the past […]

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678 – Mirror Master!

DC decided that the new Silver Age Flash was a success in his Showcase try-outs and gives him his own magazine in Flash #105 (December 1958). This happens to be exactly 10 years after the Golden Age Flash magazine was cancelled, and DC decided to keep the series numbering. This issue marks the debut of […]

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677 – Mr Freeze Zero

By the end of 1958, DC starts to really focus on giving their superheroes more interesting villains to fight. Batman #121 (Dec 1958) introduces Mr. Freeze, though he is called Mr. Zero in this first story, “The Ice Crimes of Mr. Zero”. He is an unnamed criminal scientist who had an unfortunate accident that forced […]

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676 – Clarence Kelvin

In Superman #126 (Nov 1958), Superman gets super-amnesia again when he decides to spend Clark Kent’s vacation on coming up with a cure for Kryptonite in his Fortress of Solitude. A freak explosion wipes out Superman’s memory. After quickly learning about his powers, he instinctively flies back to Metropolis where he decides to take on […]

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675 – Congorilla

In Action Comics #248 (Nov 1958), Congo Bill, an adventure character that had run for 17 years as a backup strip in Action Comics is transformed by a magic ring into Congorilla – the body of Congo Bill inside the body of a powerful ape. This is another sign that the market’s interest in superheroes […]

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674 – Red Kryptonite Effects

Red kryptonite returns in Adventure Comics #255 (October 1958). Maybe the writers forgot or ignored the “red kryptonite is 10 times as powerful as green kryptonite” story from a few months and wanted to tell a different story. This time a “Martian” brings a fragment of red kryptonite to Earth and it splits Superboy into […]

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673 – Super-Vreedl

In Challengers of the Unknown #5 (October 1958), the Challs face off against Vreedl, a member of a safari that manages to get ahold of sacred stones that bestow super-powers and somehow manages to always keep one step ahead of our heroes until the end. He shoots and manipulates fire, he gains the power of […]

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672 – Not Power Girl

In Superman #125 (Sept 1958), “Lois Lane’s Super-Dream” recycles a plot from 15-years ago in which Lois Lane suffers a head injury, needs a blood transfusion, and she dreams that she receives Superman’s blood which endows her with superpowers. She takes on her superhero career as Power Girl. This time around she gives dream-Clark some […]

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671 – Adam Strange!

Another DC newcomer in Showcase #17 (Sept 1958) in Adam Strange. Archaeologist Adam Strange accidentally leaps into a Zeta beam striking Earth at just the right moment and finds himself on the planet Rann. After being put through the “Menticizer”, he is able to understand the language and that the babe is Allana and the […]

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670 – Challengers Traveling in Time

In Challengers of the Unknown #4 (August 1958), it’s hard not to see Jack Kirby angling towards complex, fantastical world-building alongside and team-building between characters, as the Challengers find themselves traveling through time in a scientist’s “time cube”. Very Fantastic Four! And what I love the most are those giant, single-page splashes, like this one […]

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