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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379 – Fiddles and Sapphires

In All-Flash #32 (October 1947), two new Golden Age villains are introduced in two different stories: The Fiddler and Star Sapphire. This brings the number of enduring DC villains introduced in 1947 to at least eight. The Fiddler was a criminal who was imprisoned in India and learned the mysteries of Indian music from a […]

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374 – The Icicle!

Surprisingly, 1947 featured the introduction of many Golden Age villains from DC: Per Degaton, The Huntress, Harlequin, The Gentleman Ghost. In All-American Comics #90 (August 1947), Green Lantern gets another addition to his rogue’s gallery with The Icicle. Physicist Dr. Joar Mahkent invented a cold ray gun and decided to embark on a life of […]

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367 – The Harlequin!

Speaking of love interests, Green Lantern (Alan Scott) is given a supporting cast member in All-American Comics #89 (July 1947). Molly Maynne is Alan’s mousey secretary at the radio station where he works. It turns out she is secretly athletic and outgoing and is in love with the Green Lantern. While working on a new […]

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291 – Green Lantern Moons

Green Lantern joins Wonder Woman (who went to Mars and Venus) in the ranks of DC’s space-traveling superheroes in Green Lantern #16 (June 1945). Superheroes traveling to other planets became a common trope in the 1950s, but this is the first time we see Green Lantern leaving the Earth’s atmosphere and taking a quick trip […]

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267 – Solomon Grundy

Speaking of rogues galleries of villains, one popular DC character that did not have one for many years was the Golden Age Green Lantern. That finally changed in All-American Comics #61 (August 1944) with the introduction of Solomon Grundy – an evil spirit encased in a physical body made of swamp matter.

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