249 – Plastic Innuendo

There are obvious lewd and bawdy places a character like Plastic Man could go, but this was the raciest panel I’ve seen so far from Police Comics #28 (January 1944). Why are his hands like that? Why are her hips like that?

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219 – Phantom Lady Bares More

Frank Borth took over the art for the Phantom Lady stories in Police Comics #17 (January 1943). Apparently he was not satisfied with her already-scanty costume (basically a one-piece bating suit and a cape) and removed the back and added a split to her navel. Despite there being more female costumed adventurers, most of them […]

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205 – The Spirit Becomes an Outlaw

In August 1942, Quality Comics started reprinting Will Eisner‘s “The Spirit” stories in Police Comics #10, which is the first time the character appears in a comic book. But the Spirit’s distinctive style started to exert itself a couple issues later in Police Comics #12 (October 1942) where we see comic narration appearing in stylized […]

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161 – The Human Bomb

The final hero that was introduced in Police Comics #1 (May 1941), was the Human Bomb, created by Paul Gustavson. Roy Lincoln swallowed an explosive capsule his father was invented to prevent it falling into the hands of spies, and became explosive. As a kid, I first met members Uncle Sam, the Phantom Lady and […]

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160 – The Phantom Lady

The second superhero introduced in Police Comics #1 (May 1941) by Quality was the Phantom Lady, created by Eisner & Iger studio. Sandra Knight moonlights as a costumed adventurer with a black lantern that shines darkness onto her targets – and she has a vehicle that shines the same darkness beams out of the rear. […]

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159 – Plastic Man!

In May 1941, Police Comics #1 by Quality was launched, featuring several new heroes that would eventually find their way into DC canon. The first, and by far most popular, was Plastic Man, created by Jack Cole. A petty crook who accidentally swallowed some acid that caused his body to stretch to any shape he […]

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128 – The Ray!

In Smash Comics #14 (July 1940), Quality introduces a new superhero in the form of The Ray. The Ray is “Happy” Terrill, a newspaper reporter who is exposed to radiation in a weather balloon experiment and gains fantastic radiation powers – at the cost of his pants. The Ray shows up in other versions throughout […]

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116 – Don’t Cry for Uncle Sam

Quality Comics started a new comic book in April 1940: National Comics #1. This book featured the debut of an odd superhero, Uncle Sam created by Will Eisner. Eisner based the superhero on the character used for U.S. Army recruiting since the 1800s. The superhero was the embodiment of the American spirit, seemingly indestructible in […]

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95 – Doll Man!

Doll Man debuted in November 1939 in Feature Comics #27 (November 1939), published by Quality Comics. Doll Man was created by Will Eisner under the pseudonym “William Erwin Maxwell” and is now owned by DC. Darrel Dane, a scientist, invented a formula to shrink himself to 6 inches tall, giving him super strength. He was […]

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72 – The First Iron Man

Quality released Smash Comics #1 in June 1939. It featured a silly series called “Hugh Hazzard and his Iron Man”, who is turned from villain to crime-fighting slave and given the humiliating name of “Bozo” in this first story. Of course, Bozo the Iron Man predates Marvel Comics own Iron Man by decades.

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