571 – Gorilla Earth

In “Gorilla World!”, another intelligent ape story from Strange Adventures #45 (April 1954), Otto Binder and Carmine Infantino introduce us to a parallel world where gorillas evolved into the dominant, intelligent species and man did not. Scientists from the Gorilla World pluck a couple from our Earth into theirs and then keep them in cages, […]

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510 – The Phantom Stranger!

The Phantom Stranger makes his debut in DC’s Phantom Stranger #1 (June 1952) and was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino. The character is unnamed and not given an origin, simply appearing across 3 different stories of people encountering supernatural events. In each story, he debunks the supernatural aspects as hoaxes and solves the […]

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479 – Captain Comet!

Adam Blake is DC Comics’ first mutant, a man who is born 100,000 before his time and thus is further along in humanity’s evolution. He has extreme smarts, reflexes, no muscle fatigue, ESP, and telekinesis, the ability to control matter with his mind. He takes on the mantle of Captain Comet to fight science fiction […]

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397 – New Golden Age Costumes

In Flash #98 (June 1948), DC gives three of its heroes new costumes: The Atom, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl. There is no in-story reason for any costume changes, it appears to be just the whim of the artists (Carmine Infantino, Frank Giacoia for The Atom and Joe Kubert for Hawkman). While I consider the Atom’s costume […]

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375 – Rose & Thorn

The march of new DC supervillains continues with the introduction of a Golden Age Flash rogue: Thorn from Flash Comics #89 (September 1947). Thorn is the split personality of Rose, who gained her powers in the jungles of Tashmi while helping a professor conduct secret botanical experiments. In this first story it is not fully […]

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