324 – Super Photographic Memory

In Action Comics #101 (August 1946), it is mentioned for the first time that Superman has photographic memory. In this story, Superman is exposed to a chemical that makes normal people go crazy. The only thing that sets Superman right again is being exposed to a nuclear explosion.

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322 – Star Labs?!?

In Action Comics #100 (July 1946), Superman is beset by a Scotland Yard detective who is convinced that Clark Kent is Superman. In one attempt, Clark is completely doused in perfume so he seeks out an acid bath at Star Chemical Works. Is this a precursor to S.T.A.R Labs? 🙂

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321 – Batman Dickless Again

In World’s Finest #24 (July 1946), Bruce Wayne full-hand slaps Dick Grayson for spilling a cup of water on him, publicly denouncing him, and sending him back to an orphanage. Batman is Dick-less again! Of course this is so that Dick can infiltrate an orphanage and spoil some crooks’ plans. Of course all is better […]

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320 – Very Off-Model Clark

In “The Death of Clark Kent” from Superman #42 (July 1946), after returning two months earlier than expected from an arctic expedition, Clark Kent gets caught in a sewer gas explosion in front of Lois Lane. To protect his secret identity, Superman is forced to make it appear as if Clark Kent has died. This […]

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319 – EC Begins

In 1944, Max Gaines had sold the rights to the All-American characters (Green Lantern, The Atom, Doctor Mid-Nite) and titles to DC, keeping the rights to “Picture Stories from the Bible”. By June 1946, Gaines had started publishing comics as EC, Educational Comics. Within a year or so, EC would switch to “Entertaining Comics” and […]

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318 – First Letters

Real Fact Comics #3 (May 1946) includes a letters column. I believe this is the first DC Comic to have a regular feature for letters from readers. Planet Comics (Fiction House) starts this the following month (June 1946).

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317 – Super Pain in the Neck

Superman #41 (May 1946) features a story in which Superman gets seriously annoyed with Lois Lane. His inner monologue says it all: “Whenever she goes out, I have to rescue her. She’s so used to it, she’s lost all sense of caution. It’s exhausting!” Clark Kent, “Clark Kent’s Bodyguard”, Superman #41, May 1946 But if […]

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314 – Flashy Timey-Wimey

In All-Flash #23 (April 1946), we actually get a genuine science fiction story in which the Flash is transported to the Planet Karma, has to time travel into the future of that planet, battle aliens and alien dinosaurs, and correct his own mistakes by doing even more time-traveling. I like how the Flash is still […]

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313 – Just a Story

In Comic Cavalcade #15 (April 1946), DC introduces a new anthology feature called “Just a Story” written by Howard Purcell. This story features a scientist who creates a time machine, then accidentally travels back to France in the 1400s and becomes trapped there, meets and falls in love with Joan of Arc, and then is […]

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312 – Dinosaur Islands

In Batman #35 (April 1946), Batman and Robin visit an island filled with animatronic dinosaurs called Dinosaur Island. Kind of a precursor to DC’s actual Dinosaur Island, and it appears this is where Batman and Robin pick up the mechanical T-Rex as a trophy for their Batcave.

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