755 – Marvel Monsters: June 1960

Atlas/Marvel comics on sale in June 1960 feature more giant monsters. This month’s round-up features Gomdulla the Living Pharoah, Gor-Kill the Living Demon, and Groot the Monster from Planet X. Groot! Yes, that tree-creature from Guardians of the Galaxy! In this first appearance, Groot is your typical alien-monster affair from Atlas at the time. It’s […]

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689 – Aquaman Origin

18 years after his debut, Aquaman’s origin gets a complete re-tooling in Adventure Comics #260 (March 1959). This seems like DC wanted to bring Aquaman into the Silver Age in a big way. Aquaman is forced to reveal his origin story to a submarine commander who is testing nuclear depth charges in the ocean. The […]

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678 – Mirror Master!

DC decided that the new Silver Age Flash was a success in his Showcase try-outs and gives him his own magazine in Flash #105 (December 1958). This happens to be exactly 10 years after the Golden Age Flash magazine was cancelled, and DC decided to keep the series numbering. This issue marks the debut of […]

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623 – The Silver Age Flash!

Comic book historians like to call the appearance of the Silver Age Flash (Barry Allen) in Showcase #4 (July 1956) the beginning of the Silver Age of Comic Books. From my standpoint, having gone through the first twenty years of superhero comic books, I don’t think there is single defining moment. I believe the Silver […]

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611 – Showcase

January 1956 brings a new DC mag called “Showcase” to the stands. Showcase’s ostensible concept was to feature requested stories from readers in a “try-out” period. This first issue features stories about a regular fireman called “Fireman Farrell”. Later, of course, Showcase very soon would be used to feature new superheroes like the Challengers of […]

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607 – The Martian Manhunter!

In Detective Comics #225 (September 1955), another Silver Age superhero debuts: John Jones, Manhunter from Mars. Poor J’onn J’onnz is brought across space (and from an unspecified time period) to Earth by Professor Mark Erdel, who subsequently dies of shock before he can send him back to Mars. J’onn J’onnz reveals he was a scientist, […]

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603 – Sub-Mariner’s Last Hurrah

The Sub-Mariner makes his last appearance of the 1950s in Sub-Mariner #42 (July 1955), closing out the last of an attempted resurgence of Marvel (Atlas) characters, just as DC is warming up the engines of its full Silver Age. Atlas Comics gave Sub-Mariner two years, but I guess it wasn’t enough to ignite an interest […]

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597 – Robot Clarks

In Adventure Comics #212, Superboy creates a Robot Clark to get him out of a secret identity jam – although this isn’t the first use of a “Clark bot“. The use of “super robots” was frequent throughout the Silver Age. In the grand scheme of things, the super-robots are kind of just a blip on […]

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560 – More Swan Superman

In Action Comics #189 (Dec 1953), the formidable team of Edmond Hamilton (writer) and Curt Swan (penciller) team up again – so it seems like I was wrong that Swan left DC soon after “The Mightiest Team in the World!“. The story is kind of meh, but what I love about it is the breath […]

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554 – Robotman Retires

In “The Human War Machine!”, a story in Detective Comics #202 (Oct 1953), the Golden Age Robotman (Robert Crane) makes his final appearance. In it, he shows off some of his powers one last time. Including being bullet-proof: As well as having stretchable arms? DC will later revive the name and the concept with the […]

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