170 – The Chin of Fate

In More Fun Comics #72 (August 1941), Doctor Fate suddenly changes his helmet to only cover half of his face, in what I’m assuming is a continuing attempt to humanize Kent Nelson, a trend that began earlier this year. No in-story explanation is given for this change, but according to Wikipedia this was later retroactively […]

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154 – Sargon, the Second String Sorceror

Sargon the Sorceror debuts in All-American Comics #26 (March 1941). Wikipedia describes him as a “second string mystic”, though his turban, ruby and cape make him pretty distinctive. Sargon is really David Sargent, just a regular guy, who learns he has powers to shape reality to his whim through the Ruby of Life – maybe […]

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150 – Fate Unmasked

After a year with no background, the mysterious Doctor Fate decides to unmask himself to Inza and his readers, in More Fun Comics #66 (February 1941), in what I can only assume is an attempt by the writers to humanize him and make him more interesting. Though not named in this issue, he is Kent […]

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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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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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37 – She

New Adventure Comics, by National Allied Productions featured a comic strip simply called “She“.  It is written by H. Rider Haggard, who died in 1925 (12 years before the comic was published).  It was illustrated by Sven Elven. Apparently “She” is Ayesha, a two-thousand-year-old immortal sorceress of such great beauty that she can bind any […]

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36 – Nadir, Master of Magic

New Adventure Comics #17 (June 1937) debuted a new hero:  Nadir, Master of Magic.  What I found interesting was the origin story told in the beginning that states: Because of a tragedy in his early life, which resulted in the death of his father and mother, he has devoted his life to the elimination of […]

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26 – Capes and Flying

August 1936 creeps the industry ever-closer to a full-fledged superhero, with Doctor Occult meeting The Seven, donning a skin-tight uniform with a symbol on its chest and a red cape, and then flying through the ether to Egypt.  Clearly Siegel and Shuster were playing with their crazy Superman idea in other strips. Note that this […]

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