726 – Aqualad

No, we’re not quite done with the 1950s yet. One or two more interesting bits appeared on the newsstand in December 1959. This time, it’s the debut of Aqualad, a predictable sidekick for Aquaman. Aqualad is never given a name in this first story, but harkening back to the story of Aquagirl, Aquaman explains to […]

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484 – Perry, Family Man

Jim Gordon new family life isn’t the only supporting superhero character background getting fleshed out. In Superman #72 (July 1951), “The Private Life of Perry White”, Perry White is given a wife and a son all in one issue. Perry White’s son Will is looking for a job at the Daily Planet as “Will Whitman” […]

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424 – The Supporting Kents

Though the Kents were introduced way back in Superman #1 – in Superboy #3 (May 1949), Ma and Pa Kent finally join the supporting cast of Superboy stories. Up until this point, both Kents have only been seen in 1 or 2 panels in Superboy or Superman flashbacks, but this is the first time they […]

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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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383 – Streak, the Wonder Dog

The supporting cast of Green Lantern continues to expand! In Green Lantern #30 (December 1947), Alan (Green Lantern) Scott gains a new partner-in-crime-fighting: Streak the Wonder Dog. Streak narrates the story, making him the main character – which is funny because eventually he replaces Green Lantern in the comics. Another interesting thing to note is […]

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367 – The Harlequin!

Speaking of love interests, Green Lantern (Alan Scott) is given a supporting cast member in All-American Comics #89 (July 1947). Molly Maynne is Alan’s mousey secretary at the radio station where he works. It turns out she is secretly athletic and outgoing and is in love with the Green Lantern. While working on a new […]

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