590 – Speedy Origin

Although it borrows elements from the story of when Roy Harper met Oliver Queen 11 years earlier, the back-story to Speedy is given some retcon attention in the Green Arrow story in Adventure Comics #209 (Dec 1954). The new story is that Roy was orphaned when his scientist father blew up their cabin in the […]

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549 – Don’t Forget Namor

Just like the Human Torch and Captain America, that same issue of Young Men #24 (August 1953) brings Namor, the Submariner, out of retirement. And what has Namor been up to for the last several years? Well according to Betty: A few years ago he retired – went back to his home at the South […]

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548 – Captain America Too

The Human Torch revival was not the only Golden Age Marvel Comics character brought out of retirement in Young Men Comics #24 (August 1953). Captain America and Bucky re-emerge, with Steve Rogers still functioning as a high school teacher and Bucky as one of his students. What brings Cap out of retirement? Well, the Red […]

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504 – Superboy/Jor-El retcon

Although it was made pretty clear in continuity that Superman only learns of Krypton in his adult-hood, three years later DC is ret-conning in Superboy #20 (April 1952). In this story, a scientist tries to swindle Smallville residents by having them chat with people from their past. Clark is caught off-guard with a discussion with […]

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459 – Catwoman Pivot

In Batman #62 (October 1950), the Catwoman makes another appearance, but this time a back-story is given when she suffers a head trauma while trying to save Batman from death during a crime spree: Catwoman is Selina Kyle, a former flight attendant who is suffering from amnesia all these years. The new head trauma booted […]

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448 – When Lois Met Clark, Retcon #2

In World’s Finest #47 (June 1950), the Superman story “The Girl Who Hated Reporters”, we get more inconsistency in how Lois met Superman/Clark Kent. In this story, Lois is working at a diner as a waitress and ostensibly hates reporters because that’s all she sees. She has seen and served Clark Kent, but her first […]

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343 – Neptune Perkins Team-up

Neptune Perkins was a minor character introduced in the Hawkman story in Flash #66 (1945) as a sort of powered-down version of Aquaman. In Flash Comics #81, Neptune Perkins makes a re-appearance with Hawkman as they are both summoned to Venus where they pit a roc against a kraken to save the Venusians, or something. […]

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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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119 – Acidproof

Superman #5 (May 1940) has our hero soliloquizing about his acid-proof costume that he invented himself, making him a scientific genius as well as a god-on-Earth, I guess. This will be retconned years later to be threads from his baby blanket from Krypton 🙂

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