815 – The Silver Age Atom

Though DC just introduced the concept of the multiverse, Gardner Fox didn’t stop reinterpreting Golden Age characters in the Silver Age: The Atom debuts in Showcase #34, July 1961). Ray Palmer is a graduate student and fellowship physicist who seeks to shrink matter via using white dwarf star material. He has a girlfriend named Jean […]

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814 – Flash of Two Worlds

Flash Comics #123 (July 1961) has the official birth of the DC multiverse in the landmark story “Flash of Two Worlds”. After super-speed vibrating during a show for charity, Barry Allen’s Silver Age Flash finds himself in a similar-but-different world, where Central City is replaced by Keystone City. Remembering that Jay Garrick, the “fictional” inspiration […]

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781 – Super Chief

The cover of All-Star Western #117 (Dec 1960) proclaims him as the “Wonder Warrior of the Woodlands”. Super-Chief is actually Flying Stag, an Iroquois chief in the 1400s who is given super physical powers by the Manitou spirit and a fallen meteor. He is told to hide his identity under a horned buffalo mask and […]

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780 – The Silver Age Hawks!

DC continues to attempt Golden Age revivals of their characters in The Brave and the Bold #34 (Dec 1960) with Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Drawn by none other than the amazing Joe Kubert and written by none other than the pretty cool Gardner Fox, this Hawk-couple are alien police officers from the planet Thanegar. Katar and […]

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727 – The Justice League of America!

Well here we are, at the last post from the 1950s, and it’s a milestone event for DC: The introduction of the Justice League of America in The Brave and the Bold #28 (Dec 1959). Written by Gardner Fox, who also created and wrote the Golden Age Justice Society of America, this new team features […]

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671 – Adam Strange!

Another DC newcomer in Showcase #17 (Sept 1958) in Adam Strange. Archaeologist Adam Strange accidentally leaps into a Zeta beam striking Earth at just the right moment and finds himself on the planet Rann. After being put through the “Menticizer”, he is able to understand the language and that the babe is Allana and the […]

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348 – Manhattan’s Files from the Crypt

EC Comics began to expand its lineup beyond educational comics in the late 1940s. In early 1947, EC launched the first set of “Entertaining Comics” including International Comics #1 (February 1947). International featured a series of adventure-type stories, including Van Manhattan, “America’s newest supersleuth”. Van Manhattan was joined by Igor the Archer, Juan Meatball, and […]

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112 – Doctor Fate!

Only a couple months after introducing the Spectre to More Fun Comics, DC introduces readers to Doctor Fate, another magic-wielding superhero in More Fun #55 (April 1940). Doctor Fate was Golden Age creation by the prolific Gardner Fox (writer) and Howard Sherman (artist). Doctor Fate had a love interest, Inza, but no other background for […]

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90 – How About A Superhero With Wings?

Hawkman also debuted in Flash Comics #1 (November 1939). He was created by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville. Carter Hall, a research scientist and collector of weapons, has a dream of a past life as Prince Khufu, he discovers the Ninth Metal, creates wings which defy gravity and decides to use “weapons of the past” […]

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89 – Can You Smell The Science?

November 1939 was a big month for All-American Publications, as it debuted its second title, Flash Comics. In issue #1, Gardner Fox introduced a couple very important superheroes that would later become part of the DC Universe almost right away (even though All-American would not officially merge with DC for a half a decade). The […]

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