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.
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?
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.
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.