647 – The Magic Hammer

A nice little archaeological find in DC’s Tales of the Unexpected #16 (June 1957): Jack Kirby brings us a short story called “The Magic Hammer”. In it, a nasty prospector discovers Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, and uses it to summon rain and build himself a crooked fortune. Eventually Thor comes to claim the hammer, telling the […]

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646 – Krypto Speaks

In Adventure Comics #239 (June 1957), Superboy’s dog Krypto makes another appearance, this time a glowing meteor giving Krypto the ability to speak. The only reason I mention it is because it has a panel that references rock and roll. Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” had been a big hit for about a year at this […]

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645 – Lois Meets Lana

Well Showcase just seems to be cranking out concept after concept. In Showcase #9 (May 1958), Lois Lane finally gets a magazine to shine all to herself, which would later carry into “Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane”. Stories show Lois getting into trouble on her job and the like, but in contrast to her original solo […]

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644 – Pack a Tux for Your Jimmy

Jimmy Olsen’s comic book has always been a place for comic relief. In Jimmy Olsen #21 (April 1957), he mistakenly thinks Lois Lane is in love with him and ends up proposing to her not to break her heart. He continues the mix-up into his dreams where he imagines the wedding takes place, Superman is […]

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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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642 – Kal-El

In Superman #113 (March 1957), we get more Superman mythos building by Bill Finger, when Superman discovers a strange headpiece apparatus near a kryptonite meteor. He discovers that the headpiece allows him to play back mental images from his father, Jor-El. When he plays it back, he learns that Jor-El had to foil the plot […]

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641 – Captain Cold

In Showcase #8 (March 1957), the Flash returns and his “rogues gallery” begins with the introduction of Captain Cold. Len Snart, an “ambitious crook”, wants a weapon capable of defeating the Flash. By using a cyclotron, he turns his gun into a cold weapon and after abandoning several names (Mr Arctic, The Cold Wave, Sub-Zero, […]

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640 – Owlman

In Batman #107 (Feb 1957), Dick Grayson (Robin) accidentally is exposed to a gas that ages him to adulthood. Yep, it turns out that Superman was too busy to analyze a lead-lined device he found in space, so he left it with Batman, and poor Robin took a blast of space gas in the face. […]

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639 – Elton Craig, Luckiest Villain Alive?

In World’s Finest #87 (January 1957), Elton Craig, a would-be criminal manages to find a kryptonite meteorite, which also happens to contain a box of super-power capsules from Jor-El of Krypton. Craig manages to weaken Superman, forcing Batman to take a capsule and help defeat the villain. I’ve made short shrift of these Jor-El coincidences, […]

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638 – Batwoman Returns!

In Batman #106 (December 1956), Batwoman makes her exciting return to crime-fighting from her early retirement. Despite previously promising Batman to not play caped crusader, Kathy Kane wears her costume to a masquerade ball, but gets embroiled in a case with Batman and Robin again. All’s well that ends well, and Kathy promises yet again […]

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