588 – Namor Power-Up

In Sub-Mariner #38 (Nov 1954), Namor is called into the Emperor’s castle underneath Antarctica. In a quick exposition, we are told that the Sub-Mariner used to have incredible powers: super-strength, flight, invulnerability, but that he has lost them over his extended time interacting with land dwellers: Namor is told that their scientists have discovered how […]

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569 – Tiara Translator

In “The Talking Tiara!”, a story from Wonder Woman #66 (March 1954), we get the origin story for Wonder Woman’s tiara. The tiara apparently gives Wonder Woman the ability to understand and speak any language she wants. She tells the story to Steve Trevor about how she won the tiara by battling a dinosaur, a […]

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397 – New Golden Age Costumes

In Flash #98 (June 1948), DC gives three of its heroes new costumes: The Atom, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl. There is no in-story reason for any costume changes, it appears to be just the whim of the artists (Carmine Infantino, Frank Giacoia for The Atom and Joe Kubert for Hawkman). While I consider the Atom’s costume […]

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