350 – Tomahawk!

Tomahawk, and his trusty young sidekick Dan Hunter, debut in Star Spangled Comics #69 (April 1947). As a young pioneer in Kentucky, Tom Hawk was captured by “Indians”, but after saving some of their people from a rampaging moose, was befriended, given the nickname “Tomahawk” and taught their ways. Later, he defended an American outpost […]

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346 – Eerie!

In January 1947, Avon Periodicals published Eerie Comics #1, a one-shot horror comic. The comic features anthological horror stories and (as Wikipedia says) is “credited with establishing the horror comics genre” that EC Comics came to dominate. I have to also give credit to “Just a Story” (DC) and “The Spirit” (Quality) as contributing to […]

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335 – Farewell Newsboy Legion

In Star Spangled Comics #64 (November 1946), we say goodbye to another Golden Age creation from Jack Kirby and Joe Simon: the Newsboy Legion and the Guardian. Oh well, I can’t say I was ever really a fan :-/

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319 – EC Begins

In 1944, Max Gaines had sold the rights to the All-American characters (Green Lantern, The Atom, Doctor Mid-Nite) and titles to DC, keeping the rights to “Picture Stories from the Bible”. By June 1946, Gaines had started publishing comics as EC, Educational Comics. Within a year or so, EC would switch to “Entertaining Comics” and […]

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313 – Just a Story

In Comic Cavalcade #15 (April 1946), DC introduces a new anthology feature called “Just a Story” written by Howard Purcell. This story features a scientist who creates a time machine, then accidentally travels back to France in the 1400s and becomes trapped there, meets and falls in love with Joan of Arc, and then is […]

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304 – More Funny

In January 1946, More Fun Comics #108 jettisons all four of its superheroes (Aquaman, Superboy, Johnny Quick, and Green Arrow) and replaces them with other humor strips like Genius Jones. Don’t worry – all of those superheroes make there way over to Adventure Comics next month (February 1946), but it doesn’t bode well for other […]

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