753 – The Return of Multi-Man

Multi-Man, the Challengers best-known nemesis, returns in Challengers of the Unknown #15 (June 1960). In this issue he dies in an explosion in his jail cell and is re-born with super-strength and super-invulnerability. The Challengers manage to douse him again with the antidote that takes away his power one last time. Then a native jabs […]

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745 – Multi-Man

In Challengers of the Unknown #14 (April 1960), our heroes get a new long-standing nemesis: Multi-Man. Mult-Man starts out as Duncan Pramble, an archaeologist’s assistant who steals away and drinks “liquid light” while on an expedition with the Challs. Now every time he dies, he is resurrected with a new random power – how convenient. […]

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741 – Amazo and Professor Ivo

The Justice League returns for their third adventure in Brave and the Bold #30 (April 1960) to battle Amazo, an android created by Professor Ivo that can temporarily steal the Justice League members powers. Superman and Batman are kept busy again so they barely appear in the story. Lame. Martian Manhunter is first to fall […]

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737 – Super-Women and Brainiac

In “Lana Lang, Superwoman!”, the third story in Lois Lane #17 (March 1960), Superman gives Lana an injection of his super-blood temporarily granting her super-powers. At first Lois is jealous, but then Superman does the same for Lois. Lois has been a super-woman many times before, but this is a first for Lana, at least […]

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729 – That Yellow Sun Tho

Both of the Superman and Supergirl stories in Action Comics #262 make it suddenly clear that the reason Kryptonians have powers on Earth is not strictly because of the heavier gravity of Krypton, but because Krypton had a red sun and Earth has a yellow one. I haven’t seen this mentioned before. Clark, Lois, Perry, […]

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679 – Titano

Another Superman villain is introduced in Superman #127 (Dec 1958): Titano! Yes, we clearly needed a “super-ape”. Chimp goes into a rocket / spaceship, is exposed to two meteors (uranium and kryptonite) and comes back grown to enormous size and sporting kryptonite vision. A “certain spin” sends Titano across the time barrier into the past […]

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673 – Super-Vreedl

In Challengers of the Unknown #5 (October 1958), the Challs face off against Vreedl, a member of a safari that manages to get ahold of sacred stones that bestow super-powers and somehow manages to always keep one step ahead of our heroes until the end. He shoots and manipulates fire, he gains the power of […]

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672 – Not Power Girl

In Superman #125 (Sept 1958), “Lois Lane’s Super-Dream” recycles a plot from 15-years ago in which Lois Lane suffers a head injury, needs a blood transfusion, and she dreams that she receives Superman’s blood which endows her with superpowers. She takes on her superhero career as Power Girl. This time around she gives dream-Clark some […]

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666 – Elastic Lad

In Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #31 (July 1958), Jimmy drinks a serum that temporarily gives him stretchable powers, not unlike Quality Comic’s Plastic Man. Jimmy would go on to periodically gain stretchy powers and help Superman or more often than not, get into trouble. This is a couple of years before stretchy characters like Elongated […]

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649 – Super-Bat-Woman

In World’s Finest #90 (July 1958), Elton Craig makes a re-appearance. Craig escapes prison and Superman and Batman fear he has secreted some of his super-power capsules. Kathy Kane also hears the police bulletin and dons her Batwoman outfit to help the World’s Finest team, finding the capsules before Craig and becomes super-powered. After being […]

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