359 – Bat-Swing

By June 1947, Batman still hasn’t learned how to swing dance as evidenced by Batman #42. In it, Batman and Robin take on the Catwoman yet again, landing at The Cat and Fiddle, a dance club for “swing cats”. Some girl dressed as a tiger accosts him and forces him to dance. Oh the indignity!

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357 – Hedy Takes Over

For the first time, in May 1947, one of Timely (Marvel) Comics superhero magazines have been completely renamed and had its genre changed: The short-lived All-Winners Squad has been retired and “All Winners Comics” has been renamed to “Hedy De Vine”. Not to be confused with Patsy Walker’s nemesis Hedy Wolfe, Hedy De Vine is […]

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342 – Superwoman Returns!

We have seen Lois as Superwoman before, but that was just a fever dream. Superman #45 (January 1947) features the return of Lois-as-Superwoman when Hocus and Pocus, two magicians, grant her Superman’s powers. Hocus and Pocus are two clueless, recurring comic relief characters with no actual powers, but somehow Superman is always forced into performing […]

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308 – The Three Dimwits Solo

The Flash’s comic relief supporting characters (Winky, Blinky and Noddy – cheap knockoffs of the Three Stooges) make their first solo appearance in All-American Comics #73 (March 1946). This is another signal of non-superhero / humor comics becoming more prominent. Phew! only a few more years of this stuff to go through before the Golden […]

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303 – Batman is a Swinger

Twenty-five years before the Batusi and forty years before the Batdance, there was Batman #33 (December 1945). Bruce Wayne infiltrates a criminal organization by frequenting a swinging “jive joint” and trying to fit in with all the hep cats.

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276 – Captain Marvel Shenanigans

Well here we are closing out the tenth year of comic-book-dom and Captain Marvel continues to keep things light in the super-heroics department in Whiz Comics #61 (December 1944). Unlike Superman, his DC counterpart, Fawcett’s Captain Marvel had almost zero regular supporting cast, love interests, recurring villains, backstory, or continuity. The stories always stayed far […]

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220 – Susie Thompkins

Ok, time for some more comic relief. Clark Kent discovers that Lois’ niece Susie needs to be looked after. He reads her the story of Cinderlla, falls asleep, then dreams he is Superman and needs to help Cinderella. The obnoxious Susie keeps Clark and Superman a little busy, throughout her appearances and gives Superman something […]

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158 – Doiby Dickles

DC and National Comics seem to be upping their “supporting character” game in mid-1941. In All-American Comics #27 (April 1941), Green Lantern introduces a comic relief supporting character named Doiby Dickles. I agree with this article that Doiby is one of the worst sidekicks of all time. I’ve never been a fan of mixing slapstick […]

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