174 – Aquaman!

The second major hero to be introduce in More Fun Comics #73 (September 1941) was Aquaman, created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris. This first story featured a different origin than in later years, in which Aquaman’s father was a scientist who discovered the underwater ruins of Atlantis, then helped his son learn to live […]

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173 – Green Arrow!

More Fun Comics #73 (September 1941), brought the debut of two new DC characters that are still having adventures to this day, 78 years later, including having adventures on the big and the small screens. Green Arrow, aka Oliver Queen, was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. He was a shallow copy of Batman, […]

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172 – The Big Two Meet

In All-Star Comics #7 (August 1941), we finally see an in-story meeting of Batman and Superman. The Justice Society of America decides to raise a million dollars for the world’s war children. At the end of the story, Johnny Thunder wishes in the honorary members of the JSA: Superman, Batman and the Flash, who bring […]

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171 – The Scarecrow

Batman’s villain gallery continues (by far!) to be the most interesting one of the Golden Age of Comics. In World’s Finest Comics #3 (August 1941), The Scarecrow is introduced. Jonathan Crane, obsessed with fear since childhood, becomes a professor of psychology and an object of ridicule by other professors. His mind twisted, he decides to […]

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170 – The Chin of Fate

In More Fun Comics #72 (August 1941), Doctor Fate suddenly changes his helmet to only cover half of his face, in what I’m assuming is a continuing attempt to humanize Kent Nelson, a trend that began earlier this year. No in-story explanation is given for this change, but according to Wikipedia this was later retroactively […]

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169 – Star-Spangled Rich Kid

Jerry Siegel‘s latest creation, the Star-Spangled Kid and his adult sidekick Stripesy, technically made their debut in Action Comics #40 (July 1941) in a sneak peak, but made their first full appearance in Star Spangled Comics #1 (August 1941). Like most spoiled, rich, highly skilled, acrobatic kids with a lot of time on their hands […]

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167 – Quick, Another Johnny

DC introduces another speedster superhero in Johnny Quick, created by Mort Weisinger, and appearing for the first time in More Fun Comics #71 (July 1941). Johnny Chambers learns a magic formula and, upon reciting it, gains super-speed. It’s not really clear why anyone can’t just repeat this formula themselves to gain super-speed at will.

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165 – Just Dumb Luck

Johnny Thunder becomes an official member of the Justice Society of America, in All-Star Comics #6 (June 1941), while Jay Garrick (the Flash) becomes an honorary member like Superman and Batman. It’s pretty clear that DC / National only considers the team-up a gimmick to boost readership, because once the Flash gained a solid-enough founding […]

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163 – First Jimmy Olsen?

Continuing my streak of hard-hitting investigative comic book journalism, is the elevator boy in Action Comics #38 (May 1941) the first true appearance of Jimmy Olsen? We have red hair, bowtie and green coat! At this point in history, Jimmy Olsen existed as a character in the Superman radio show for about a year and […]

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