Category: golden age

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. 

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Appearing in Speed Comics during the war, the Girl Commandos were a team assembled by American nurse Pat Parker and her friend Ellen, and made up of people from every one of the Allied Nations, including Tanya (Russian) and Mei-Ling (China). 

Everyone knows the Hulk started gray before they made him green, but did you know that, in his first appearance, Batman’s gloves were accidentally colored purple? 

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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.  

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Steve Rude.

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Lady Fairplay, a schooteacher who gains superstrength from a scientist friend. Debuted in 1941, she was only in three issues, but she’s well remembered because of a revival in AC Comics in the 1980s.