357 – Hedy Takes Over

For the first time, in May 1947, one of Timely (Marvel) Comics superhero magazines have been completely renamed and had its genre changed: The short-lived All-Winners Squad has been retired and “All Winners Comics” has been renamed to “Hedy De Vine”. Not to be confused with Patsy Walker’s nemesis Hedy Wolfe, Hedy De Vine is […]

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356 – The Asbestos Lady and Hot Curves

Timely (Marvel) Comics seems to be dipping deeper into salaciousness as we see more curvy women in skin-tight costumes throughout 1947. In Human Torch #27 (May 1947), the Asbestos Lady appears – Victoria Murdock is a brilliant criminal scientist who uses asbestos to help commit crimes.

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354 – Namora

in April 1947, the short-lived “Marvel Magazine” cover blurbs have been removed from all of Timely (Marvel) comic books, though it appears that Stan Lee is still in charge as editor. In Marvel Mystery Comics #82 (April 1947), the character of Namora is introduced – a female version of Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Throughout the 1940s, […]

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333 – Shades of Marvel

In October 1946, the covers of all of Timely Comics now feature “A Marvel Magazine” in the corner. Timely seems to have given the reigns to Stan Lee who is credited as “Editorial and Art Director”. The stories in Captain America #60 feel a bit like Marvel in its early Silver Age with lots of […]

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330 – The Blonde Phantom!

Timely (Marvel) Comics introduces a new female hero in The Blonde Phantom in All-Select Comics #11 (September 1946). As the Golden Age of Comic Books is winds down, we will start to see fewer and fewer superhero debuts, so this is nice! The Blonde Phantom was Louise Grant, the mousy secretary of Mark Mason, a […]

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329 – Sub-Mariner Dysmorphia

Speaking of changing head shapes, I’ve mentioned Namor the Sub-Mariner’s outrageous head shape before, but I feel like Sub-Mariner #21 (September 1946) is peak Namor head dysmorphia. I mean it’s just outrageous and alien: What’s even more interesting is that “Sub-Mariner vs. Green-Out”, the third Sub-Mariner story in the same issue just pages away is […]

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325 – Mr. Rogers’ Classroom

Timely (Marvel) Comics tries to flesh out Captain America’s back story in Captain America #59 (August 1946), with a re-telling of his origin, an updating that Steve and Bucky have been recently honorably discharged from the Army, and then Steve choosing to go back to his role as a school teacher. I blame Stan Lee, […]

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323 – All-Winners Squad

Maybe the reason that Batman had sloppy writing is that Bill Finger was moonlighting for Timely (Marvel) Comics in 1946? Timely introduces their first real superhero team, the All-Winners Squad, in All-Winners Comics #19 (July 1946). The team includes Captain America, Bucky, Miss America, Human Torch, Toro, Namor, and The Whizzer. It’s an interesting mix […]

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316 – Stan Lee wants you to Write

In Captain America #57 (April 1946), we see the editor of the comic (one legendary Stan Lee) requesting feeedback from its readers. This kind of feels to me like the precursor to the letters column, which no comic book seems to have introduced at this time.

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315 – Plastikit

I found this ad in All-Winners Comics #18 (April 1946) and other Timely (Marvel) comics and had to chuckle. “The magic of making valuable things with plastic” sounds a bit like how I think of 3D printers these days. I couldn’t find anything on the internet about “Plastikit” or what it actually allowed you to […]

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