566 – Betty Betty Betsy

Oddly, all the Atlas/Marvel superheroes that were revived in 1953 happen to have girlfriends named Betty / Betsy. Someone must have loved that name – Stan Lee perhaps? Betty Wilson was introduced as a minor character for the Human Torch. Betsy Ross (no relation to the Hulk’s Betsy Ross?) used to be Golden Girl, but […]

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536 – Sky Girl

Remember that time Lois Lane had super powers and became a super-powered heroine until Superman put her in her place? Or that time when Lana Lang thought she had developed super powers until Superboy per her in her place? Well yet another plot permutation around this concept happens in Adventure Comics #189 (April 1953). This […]

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518 – Joanie Swift!

We have had speedster heroes and speedster villains, but Adventure Comics #181 (August 1952) marks the first appearance of a female speedster. While taking dictation for a college professor, Joanie Swift accidentally recites the formula that gives Johnny Quick his powers and the two team up to battle crime. The team-up does not last long, […]

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483 – Nope, Not Supergirl

In Adventure Comics #167 (June 1951), DC continues to play with the idea of a female super-powered adventurer in “Lana Lang, Super-Girl!”. Lana’s archaeologist father gives her a helmet that purportedly grants power to its wearer. When Superboy saves Lana from lightning using his super-speed, Lana makes the logical conclusion that he has super powers. […]

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476 – Superwoman Yet Again

In Action Comics #156 (March 1951), Lois Lane has her third outing as Superwoman in “The Girl of Steel”. This time, it’s not a fever dream, or Superman faking her powers. No, this time Lois Lane actually acquires the powers of Superman thanks to a machine that Luthor invented which uses “vivanium”. She disguises herself […]

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405 – Bye-bye Star-Spangled Kid

In October 1948, Star-Spangled Comics #87 has Merry the Gimmick Girl taking over for poor ol’ Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy. The story features Merry and Mr. Pemberton, her foster father – but Sylvester and Pat are nowhere to be seen. The comic industry really seems to have declared itself done with boy sidekicks, with basically […]

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399 – Moar Female Sidekicks

As mentioned previously, lots of male superheroes were being given sexy female sidekicks as replacement for their teenage / young boy sidekicks in 1948. Merry, Sylvester Pemberton’s newly adopted sister, becomes Gimmick Girl in Star Spangled Comics #81 (June 1948). On the Timely (Marvel) side, the Human Torch ditches Toro for Sun Girl who even […]

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394 – Merry Pemberton

Continuing the trend of female characters being introduced to male-dominated series, Sylvester Pemberton, the Star-Spangled Kid, gains an adopted teenage sister, Merry. Within one issue, she would fashion her own costume and join the Star-Spangled Kid on his adventures as Gimmick Girl.

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392 – Golden Girl

In Captain America #66 (March 1948), Timely Comics, the predecessor to Marvel, creates another seductively-clad female superhero: Golden Girl. Bucky Barnes gets shot, and while he is recovering, Captain America needs a new sidekick! After many years as being a bit-player and minor romantic interest during the war, Betsy Ross is trained by Steve Rogers […]

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360 – Black Canary!

in Flash #86 (June 1947), in a six-page Johnny Thunder story, we get what I believe is the last significant character introduced during the Golden Age of Comics: Black Canary! Created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino, she is positioned in this story not as a hero, but as someone who robs crooks. Stylistically, she […]

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