Category: 1940s

Charlie Chan in “The Feathered Serpent” (1948)

After World War II ended, superheroes had a dramatic drop in popularity. They were seen as a wartime fad that would never really be a part of American culture again. Only some of the more popular characters like Superman, Sheena Queen of the Jungle, Black Terror, and Batman endured this period in continuous publication – most folded up by the early 1950s. 

Captain America became the host of a horror anthology comic; Blue Beetle, who at one point was one of the three most famous superheroes, became just an introductory host for a “crimes by women” comic. Most ignominiously of all, Green Lantern was pushed out of his own comic to make way for the adventures of a hero dog. 

Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner comics in the 1940s had Namor’s mother as a supporting cast member. 

Superman demonstrated two powers in the early days that they just sort of forgot about: shapeshifting due to elastic skin (like the pulp era Avenger) and telepathic compulsion hypnosis.  

Steve Rude.


Hey, which 1940s superhero did the exact same gimmick better – TNT Todd, or the Human Bomb?

Of all the superheroes of the 1940s, the superhero who’s costume has aged the best and still looks good is TNT Todd.

Before he was the producer of the Star Trek movies, Harve Bennett was one of the most famous child performers in America at the dawn of the age of celebrity, a “Quiz Kid” who was a regular on a radio (and later, television) game show in the 1940s. 

1942 concept of the “car of the future.”