111 – Beetleproof

In Mystery Men Comics #10 (March 1940), the Blue Beetle reveals that his costume is actually bullet-proof. Maybe Dr. Franz, the drug store owner / sidekick who helps Dan Garret, made this happen? Or maybe Fox wanted to make their hero as exciting as Superman?

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74 – New Beetle Duds

Mystery Men Comics #2 (July 1939) was the second outing for the Blue Beetle and Dan Garret decides to wear a new costume while crime-fighting, featuring a blue textured tunic printed with a beetle insignia, blue gloves, and… curly-toed leggings? Inexplicably, the costume does not include a mask, though in his next outing a domino […]

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71 – The Blue Beetle?!?

June 1939 saw another important superhero moment in the publishing of Mystery Men Comics #1 (Fox Feature Syndicate) which included the first story of The Blue Beetle. I was first introduced to the spandex-wearing, powerless-but-gadget-loving Ted Kord version of the Blue Beetle in the 1980s after DC decided to fold its Charlton comic characters into […]

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68 – The Flame

Fox Feature Syndicate continued their attempt to break into the superhero comic business by renaming Wonder Comics to Wonderworld Comics and creating a new superhero: The Flame. Created by Will Eisner and Lou Fine, The Flame’s powers were focused on being able to control fire, heat and the like and he carried a tiny flame […]

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61 – Wonder Man

Fox Feature Syndicate published Wonder Comics #1 in March 1939. Wonder Man was Fred Carson, a timid radio engineer and inventor. While in Tibet, a yogi gave him a ring which granted him super strength and invulnerability. He was created by Will Eisner. You can already see Eisner’s innovative layouts with Wonder Man’s arm extending […]

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