56 – Vigilante Crimson

The Crimson Avenger was the first masked hero in the DC Universe to be a fugitive from the law, operating outside of it: A vigilante. November 1938 was special for DC because for the first time it featured two of its costumed adventures on comic book covers (Superman on Action and Crimson Avenger on Adventure […]

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54 – The Crimson Avenger!

September 1938 also saw the debut of The Crimson Avenger in Detective Comics #20 by Jim Chambers. Basically the Crimson Avenger was a knock-off of The Green Hornet, having a mask, a gas gun and an Asian sidekick named Wing – but he is DC’s first masked hero, so I guess he deserves a mention.

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50 – The Arrow!

Centaur Publications included a new strip in Funny Pages #21 (vol. 2 #10) July 1938 called The Arrow (no, not the TV show and nothing to do with DC’s Green Arrow, still three years away). The Arrow was a superhero that relied on archery as a gimmick and had a costume and a secret identity. […]

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49 – Bulletproof

Superman‘s powers grew over the years, but being bulletproof was one of the few that were there from the beginning (the other two being increased strength and speed). Above is a panel from Action Comics #2 (June 1938).

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48 – Zatara

Zatara was the second major DC character introduced in Action Comics #1 (May 1938).  Unlike Superman, Zatara is more of a copy of an existing character: Mandrake the Magician.  He even gains a similar mustache in the next issue. He had the ability to cast spells by saying words backwards, though sometimes he is able […]

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47 – When Lois Met Clark

The Golden Age of Comic Books begins in May 1938 with the single most important comic book ever published:  Action Comics #1 and the debut of the first full-fledged superhero:  Superman.  Crime fighter for justice.  Crazy costume.  Super powers.  Secret identity.  A supporting cast of two Daily Star employees: his un-named editor and his romantic […]

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46 – Ginger Snap

I usually avoid humorous comic strips, because this blog is mostly supposed to be documenting interesting superhero moments, but I couldn’t resist this panel of “Ginger Snap” from More Fun Comics #31, April 1938 by Robert Kane (future creator of Batman).  This looks like the first thing that Bob Kane created for DC Comics. Speaking […]

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43 – The Adventures of Steve Conrad

This is a panel from The Adventures of Steve Conrad, New Adventure Comics #23 (January 1938).  Steve Conrad was one of the many adventure characters featured in New Adventure Comics, written and illustrated by Creig Flessel.

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42 – June Justis, G-Woman

New Adventure Comics #22 (December 1937) featured a one-shot story of June Justis, G-Woman.  June is a no-nonsense gal who is more feisty than Sandra of the Secret Service.  In this story she fights the bad guys, shoots to kill and solves the case single-handedly, capturing Public Enemy No. 1, Jake Shiller.

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41 – The Blood of the Lotus

After The Claws of the Red Dragon, Bruce Nelson continued his “yellow peril” adventures in Detective Comics.  Above shows a panel from the second chapter of “The Blood of the Lotus” in Detective Comics #10 (November 1937).  In it, they depict the heroin being drugged (with opium presumably), perhaps the second time drug use was […]

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