757 – Pieface

In Green Lantern #2 (July 1960), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) gets a confidante just like Roy Thomas suggested he should in an Inuit mechanic friend, Thomas Kalmaku aka “Pieface”. I’m pretty sure “Pieface” is referring to the round-ness of the face. Despite that racist nickname, the character is not depicted as a racist caricature, but […]

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746 – Guardians of Oa

The Silver Age Green Lantern earns his own comic magazine with Green Lantern #1 (May 1960). In it, we see Hal Jordan’s mind being transported to the Planet Oa where we meet the Guardians of the Universe for the first time, as the Green Lantern mythos begins to build out. Hal’s memory of this first […]

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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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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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702 – The Silver Age Green Lantern!

Showcase #22 (July 1959) finally brings us the last of the original Justice League members: The Silver Age Green Lantern. Hal Jordan, a revival of the Golden Age Green Lantern but changing the battery/ring explanation from magic to pseudo-science. Hal, a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft Company, is summoned by the dying Abin Sur to […]

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670 – Challengers Traveling in Time

In Challengers of the Unknown #4 (August 1958), it’s hard not to see Jack Kirby angling towards complex, fantastical world-building alongside and team-building between characters, as the Challengers find themselves traveling through time in a scientist’s “time cube”. Very Fantastic Four! And what I love the most are those giant, single-page splashes, like this one […]

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466 – JSA Jets Out

The last appearance of the Justice Society for more than ten years occurs in All-Star Comics #57 (December 1950) with “The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives”. It’s mostly a bland story about a crime syndicate boss named The Key, but I did find it interesting that a panel featuring Wonder Woman’s invisible plane describes it […]

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404 – All-American Western

The cowboy continues to replace the superhero in September 1948, as DC’s All-American Comics follows “More Fun” out of the superhero genre. It gets a name tweak to “All-American Western” and a new cover star: Johnny Thunder. This means no more solo stories for Dr. Mid-Nite in the Golden Age. Green Lantern still has his […]

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400 – Harlequin: Secret Agent

In Green Lantern #34 (July 1947), Allan Scott learns that Harlequin has been a secret agent all along, she is Agent H-9 of the Bureau. This, of course, makes no sense in terms of continuity … we have seen Molly Mayne coming up with the idea for Harlequin! Oh well, at least they tried to […]

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383 – Streak, the Wonder Dog

The supporting cast of Green Lantern continues to expand! In Green Lantern #30 (December 1947), Alan (Green Lantern) Scott gains a new partner-in-crime-fighting: Streak the Wonder Dog. Streak narrates the story, making him the main character – which is funny because eventually he replaces Green Lantern in the comics. Another interesting thing to note is […]

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