717 – Wally West! Weather Wizard!

In Flash #110 (Oct 1959), Barry Allen meets Iris West’s nephew, Wall West for the first time. And wouldn’t you know it, the exact same lightning bolt + random chemical accident happens to the poor kid while the Flash is showing him around the laboratory. Of course the kid gains super-speed, so naturally let’s set […]

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716 – Green Arrow and Aquaman

I’m sure I’ll stop posting every time new characters meet or team-up, but it’s still interesting to me at this point when it happens in the DC continuity (see Green Arrow meeting Superman). This month, in Adventure Comics #267 (Oct 1959), we get a bit of a unique twist when forgettable Aquaman and Green Arrow […]

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715 – Heroes Annoying Heroes

The personality of the Challengers start to develop a bit more by Challengers of the Unknown #11 (Oct 1959), with Red making an “ape” crack about Rocky, and Rocky threatening Red. Before the Challengers, you didn’t really have team members giving each other the business and having hot tempers like this. Of course, the Fantastic […]

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714 – Supergirl Meets Clark Kent

The cover of Action Comics #258 (Sept 1959) shows Superman dramatically exiling Supergirl from Earth. Supergirl meets Krypto for the first time, so she harmlessly plays with him – but woops, this is still early in her career when Superman has told her to keep her existence a secret – and that includes Krypto. When […]

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713 – Ma and Pa Lane

In Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #13 (Sept 1959), Lois’ parents, Sam and Ella Lane, are introduced as farmers from Pittsdale. Superman tags along on a visit and a misunderstanding leads to everyone in Pittsdale thinking that Lois and Superman are going to be married. Interestingly, Lois seems more concerned about this than Superman. This is […]

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712 – Hints at the Guardians of the Universe

Green Lantern makes his second Silver Age appearance in Showcase #23 (Sept 1959). In it, a hint of a mystery is presented by Hal Jordan receiving a message from the Lantern to go check out a problem on the planet Venus. I like how the writers are seeding mysteries and not feeling the need to […]

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711 – Green Arrow In Continuity

Another noteworthy event in Adventure Comics #266 (Sept 1959) was the establishment of Green Arrow and Speedy into the mainstream DC continuity. We already had an inconsequential story of Superboy meeting Oliver Queen as a boy, but this time we see not one, but two instances of DC weaving Green Arrow into their growing stable […]

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710 – Aquagirl?

A girl shows up with Aquaman’s powers in Adventure Comics #266 (Sept 1959). Lisa Morel dubs herself Aquagirl, complete with a matching costume and joins Aquaman on adventures. Aquaman asks how she got her powers, but neither she, nor her famous ichthyologist father Hugo, can explain their emergence. Aquaman does digging and keeps a close […]

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709 – Jimmy Almost Meets Supergirl

Supergirl continues to spread her wings throughout DC continuity by meeting Jimmy Olsen in Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #40 (Aug 1959). After seeing a bunch of fake sideshow acts, Jimmy tells the owner he plans to expose him. At home, Jimmy fumbles with a Superman souvenir and temporarily blinds himself and is then kidnapped by […]

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708 – Beppo, the Super-Monkey

Beppo, the Super-Monkey makes his debut in Superboy #76 (August 1959). Unnamed in this first story, the monkey is one of Jor-El’s test animals that snuck aboard Kal-El’s rocket before it left Krypton. Young Clark eventually tricks the monkey to be chased out into space. Beppo will be back, and eventually joins up with other […]

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