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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340 – Just a Mister Nobody

Howard Purcell continues his “Just a Story” anthology series in Comic Cavalcade #19 (December 1946) but introduces a character called “Mister Nobody” as a kind of framing device. I believe “Mister Nobody” is really the first appearance of Johnny Peril. Johnny Peril and “Just a Story” are precursors to the horror anthology genre in comics.

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339 – The First Evil Speedster

In another “Liar’s Club” story, the Flash relates the story of “The Race Through Time!” in Comic Cavalcade #19 (December 1946). Gangster Tag Madden steals a serum which gives him super speed and The Flash must race him through the ancient past and the distance future. In it, we also get the first occurrence and […]

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338 – Catwoman and Mistletoe

The Catwoman continues as a blonde in a Christmas-themed story in Batman #39 (December 1946). Batman and Robin wear white suits to camouflage themselves in the snow. In addition to a smooch under mistletoe, Catwoman also proposes to Batman that they could rule the criminal world, but of course Batman rejects both offers.

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337 – Robin Solo

Robin replaces the Guardian and the Newsboy Legion in Star-Spangled Comics #65 (December 1946) as the main feature. The story itself is an uninspired affair in which Robin has to outwit a corrupt reform school.

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336 – Superboy and Cars

In Adventure Comics #112 (November 1946), classmates of a young Clark Kent are given cars for passing their exams. How old are these kids anyhow?!? Last I saw, Clark was only 12 years old! Not only that, but those cars definitely seem like 1940s models and not 1920s models. Continuity errors and anachronisms abound!

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335 – Farewell Newsboy Legion

In Star Spangled Comics #64 (November 1946), we say goodbye to another Golden Age creation from Jack Kirby and Joe Simon: the Newsboy Legion and the Guardian. Oh well, I can’t say I was ever really a fan :-/

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334 – Tommy Tomorrow!

In Real Fact Comics #6 (November 1946), the character of Tommy Tomorrow is introduced, stretching the bounds of what I might call “fact”. In “Columbus of Space”, Tommy is the highest scoring graduate of Rocket College, class of 1954. He is chosen for Operation Mars and becomes the first mortal ever to set foot on […]

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332 – Supertween

In Adventure Comics #111 (October 1946), we see the second appearance of Jack Smart, reporter for the Daily Planet and Superboy’s Pal. Beyond experimenting with the supporting cast, Superboy is also aging. He was definitively ten years old at the beginning of 1946 and now appears to be almost an adolescent – maybe twelve years […]

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331 – The Return of the Psycho-Pirate

All-Star Comics #32 (October 1946), features the second appearance of the Golden Age Psycho-Pirate, Charles Halstead who tries to defeat the Justice Society of America by giving them different challenges, each related to an emotion.

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