239 – Batman, Dick-less

Bruce Wayne loses ward-ship over Dick Grayson for the first time in Batman #20 (October 1943), a recurring story idea that comes up in later years. Dick’s shifty Uncle George and Aunt Clara come to claim him, take Bruce to court claiming his playboy ways are a bad influence, and then use the opportunity to […]

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218 – Enter the Butler

In Batman #16 (February 1943), a third character is introduced to the “Batman Family”: Alfred the Butler. He was created by Don Cameron. Alfred starts out as an overweight aspiring criminologist who stumbles onto Bruce Wayne’s secret identity. Batman and Robin accept Alfred into their lives. Alfred is the beginning of what I will call […]

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217 – When Ollie Met Roy

I don’t know if DC decided to give origin stories to some of their superhero partners or if this was a coincidence, but Green Arrow and Speedy are given an origin story in More Fun Comics #89 (January 1943): Roy Harper is orphaned and marooned on a mesa while Oliver Queen chases after an archaeologic […]

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183 – Seven Soldiers of Marketing

In Leading Comics #1 (December 1941), the marketing team at DC slung together a bunch of their other heroes that weren’t already in the Justice Society of America into a new team, later called the Seven Soldiers of Victory. It was the first superhero team to include sidekicks (Speedy and Stripesy), but about the only […]

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182 – Poison and Candy

In the second issue of Sensation Comics (December 1941), Wonder Woman gets her first villain, Doctor Poison, in this incarnation a Japanese princess named Maru who works for the Nazis. To help defeat Doctor Poison, Wonder Woman enlists another supporting character introduced in this issue of Etta Candy. Bad puns aside, I’m a bit fascinated […]

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179 – Captain Marvel, Jr

In Whiz Comics #25 (November 1941), Fawcett introduces Captain Marvel Jr, aka Freddy Freeman, a crippled boy who became the second official member of the Marvel Family. It seems like Fawcett began to realize how big of a hit Captain Marvel was starting to become and had plans to spread it around with new characters, […]

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173 – Green Arrow!

More Fun Comics #73 (September 1941), brought the debut of two new DC characters that are still having adventures to this day, 78 years later, including having adventures on the big and the small screens. Green Arrow, aka Oliver Queen, was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. He was a shallow copy of Batman, […]

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163 – First Jimmy Olsen?

Continuing my streak of hard-hitting investigative comic book journalism, is the elevator boy in Action Comics #38 (May 1941) the first true appearance of Jimmy Olsen? We have red hair, bowtie and green coat! At this point in history, Jimmy Olsen existed as a character in the Superman radio show for about a year and […]

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144 – Captain America!

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby have their first hit with Captain America #1 (December 1940). Captain America is the first character to star in his own comic book, not as a try-out feature in another book, and comes complete with a fully-fleshed out (and interesting) origin, a sidekick and an iconic villain (the Red Skull) […]

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