172 – The Big Two Meet

In All-Star Comics #7 (August 1941), we finally see an in-story meeting of Batman and Superman. The Justice Society of America decides to raise a million dollars for the world’s war children. At the end of the story, Johnny Thunder wishes in the honorary members of the JSA: Superman, Batman and the Flash, who bring […]

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165 – Just Dumb Luck

Johnny Thunder becomes an official member of the Justice Society of America, in All-Star Comics #6 (June 1941), while Jay Garrick (the Flash) becomes an honorary member like Superman and Batman. It’s pretty clear that DC / National only considers the team-up a gimmick to boost readership, because once the Flash gained a solid-enough founding […]

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158 – Doiby Dickles

DC and National Comics seem to be upping their “supporting character” game in mid-1941. In All-American Comics #27 (April 1941), Green Lantern introduces a comic relief supporting character named Doiby Dickles. I agree with this article that Doiby is one of the worst sidekicks of all time. I’ve never been a fan of mixing slapstick […]

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142 – The Justice Society of America

The Justice Society of America debuts in All-Star Comics #3 (November 1940). In its first incarnation it consists of a whopping nine characters across Detective Comics Inc and All-American Comics (still separate companies at this point): The Flash, the Atom, Green Lantern, Hawkman, the Spectre, Doctor Fate, Sandman and Hourman, with Johnny Thunder thrown in […]

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122 – Johnny Thunder, More Clueless than a Locomotive

Still called Johnny Thunderbolt as of June 1940, it is revealed in Flash Comics #8 that Johnny Thunder probably lives in the same universe as Superman (or at least in a universe that knows of Superman’s exploits). It’s somewhat interesting though that Johnny Thunder, Flash, Hawkman and Green Lantern are all published by All-American Publications, […]

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91 – So You Cei-U Want Wish Fulfillment?

Johnny Thunder(bolt) also debuted in Flash Comics #1 (November 1939). Like the other two heroes he shared the book with (Flash and Hawkman), Johnny Thunder was a one-gimmick wonder. This time, the gimmick was that he didn’t know he was a hero. Most of this time, this played like somewhat unfunny comedy. In this first […]

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