754 – Superboy Meets Bruce Wayne

Remember that time Superboy met Oliver Queen and set him on the path to become Green Arrow? The plot is shamelessly copied in Adventure Comics #275 (June 1960) wherein Superboy reminisces about meeting Robin and then wonders if he’ll ever meet a young Bruce Wayne. Literally one panel later guess who shows up in Clark’s […]

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734 – Future Bat Family

Batman #131 (February 1960) introduces the literary device of Alfred’s stories that he writes in his diary about the future of the Bat Family. In this first imaginary tale, Bruce Wayne marries Kathy Kane and reveals his identity to her. They eventually have a red-headed son, Bruce Wayne Jr. Batman announces his retirement and Dick […]

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727 – The Justice League of America!

Well here we are, at the last post from the 1950s, and it’s a milestone event for DC: The introduction of the Justice League of America in The Brave and the Bold #28 (Dec 1959). Written by Gardner Fox, who also created and wrote the Golden Age Justice Society of America, this new team features […]

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711 – Green Arrow In Continuity

Another noteworthy event in Adventure Comics #266 (Sept 1959) was the establishment of Green Arrow and Speedy into the mainstream DC continuity. We already had an inconsequential story of Superboy meeting Oliver Queen as a boy, but this time we see not one, but two instances of DC weaving Green Arrow into their growing stable […]

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706 – What if… Krypton Had Not Exploded?

In “Superman’s Other Life”, a story in Superman #132 (August 1959), Batman and Robin bringing a special gift for Superman to the Fortress of Solitude. The Dynamic Duo bring Superman pictures he took from Krypton years ago and suggests he put them through his “Super-Univac” to see if it can answer the question: “What would […]

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690 – Bat-Mite

Well we go from a nice little Silver Age moment to a cringe-worthy addition to the Batman mythos in Detective Comics #267 (March 1959) with the introduction of Bat-Mite. Like Mr. Mxyzptlk, Bat-Mite came from another dimension, but unlike Mxy, Bat-Mite actually adored Batman and tried to help him. Always with disastrous consequences. Was never […]

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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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660 – The Key to the Fortress

Although we got our first glimpse at Superman’s “Fortress of Solitude” back in 1949, that story was still a one-off with no attempt to make it a more permanent fixture in the mythos. But “The Super-Key to Fort Superman” in Action Comics #241 (April 1958) goes really deep on the Fortress, including the key to […]

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649 – Super-Bat-Woman

In World’s Finest #90 (July 1958), Elton Craig makes a re-appearance. Craig escapes prison and Superman and Batman fear he has secreted some of his super-power capsules. Kathy Kane also hears the police bulletin and dons her Batwoman outfit to help the World’s Finest team, finding the capsules before Craig and becomes super-powered. After being […]

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643 – Luthor-Joker Team-Up

In World’s Finest #88 (March 1957), Luthor and the Joker team up for the first time. Luthor invents “mechano-men”, robotic automatons that can do their bidding. Superman and Batman try to foil what appear to be attempted crimes only to be made fools of for stopping legitimate activities. The villains attempt to rob the treasury […]

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