|Character||First Appearance||First Apparance (post-Crisis)||Status (pre-New 52)|
|Captain Marvel (William "Billy" Batson, Marvel)||Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940)||Power of Shazam Graphic Novel||Active in adventuring|
|Ibis (Prince Amentap)||Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940)||Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)||Inactive, Helmet of Fate: Ibis|
|Taia Toth (none)||Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940)||Power of Shazam Graphic Novel||Inactive, Helmet of Fate: Ibis|
|Shazam (the Wizard, Jebediah of Canaan)||Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940)||Power of Shazam Graphic Novel||killed by the Spectre, Day of Vengeance #6|
|Spy-Smasher (Alan Armstrong)||Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940)||Power of Shazam! #8 (Oct. 1995)||Retired|
|Bulletman (Jim Barr)||Nickel Comics #1 (May 1940)||Power of Shazam! #8 (Oct. 1995)||Retired|
|Minute Man (Jack Weston)||Master Comics #11 (Feb. 1941)||Power of Shazam! #8 (Oct. 1995)||Killed by the Fourth Reich, per Justice Soceity of America v.3 #3|
|Bulletgirl (Susan Kent Barr)||Master Comics #13 (Apr. 1941)||Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)||Deceased, revealed Power of Shazam! #43|
|Mister Scarlet (Brian Butler)||Wow Comics #2 (Summer 1941)||Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)||Retired, revealed Power of Shazam! #44|
|The Lieutenant Marvels: Fat Billy, Hill Billy, Tall Billy||Whiz Comics #21 (Sept. 5, 1941)||Trials of Shazam! #2 (Nov. 2006)||Only shown in cameo|
|Captain Marvel Jr.(Freddy Freeman, CM3, Shazam II)||Whiz Comics #25 (Dec. 1941)||Power of Shazam! #3 (as Freddy); Power of Shazam! #7 (as Captain Marvel Jr.) Power of Shazam! #37 (as CM3)||Active in adventuring|
|Pinky aka Mister Scarlet II ("Pinky" Butler)||Wow Comics #4 (Winter 1941/1942)||Power of Shazam! #44 (Dec. 1998)||Active in adventuring|
|Commando Yank (Chase Yale)||Wow Comics #6 (July 1942)||Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)||Unknown; last seen in 1948 (Whiz Comics #102)|
|Phantom Eagle (Michael "Mickey" Malone)||Wow Comics #6 (July 1942)||Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)||Last seen in 1948 (Wow #69)|
|Mary Marvel (Mary Bromfield [née Batson], Captain Marvel II, Mary Marvel)||Captain Marvel Adventures #18 (Dec. 1942)||As Mary: Power of Shazam Graphic Novel (1994); as a Marvel: Power of Shazam! #4 (June 1995)||Active in adventuring|
|Hoppy the Marvel Bunny||Fawcett's Funny Animals #1 (Dec. 1942)||n/a||Shown in silhouette, in Limbo, Final Crisis #??|
|Uncle Marvel (Dudley H. Dudley)||Wow Comics #18 (Oct. 1943)||Power of Shazam! Graphic Novel (1994)||Dudley H. Dudley, a janitor at Billy's school; never adopted a costume|
|Tawky Tawny (none)||Captain Marvel Adventures #79 (Dec. 1947)||Talking: Power of Shazam! #4 (June 1995)||Active in adventuring|
|Windshear (Deanna Barr)||n/a||Power of Shazam! #32 (as Deanna); PoS #43 (as Windshear)||Active in adventuring|
|Not appearing in DC Comics|
|Balbo the Boy Magician||Master Comics #32 (Nov. 1942)|
|Captain Midnight (Capt. Red Albright)||The Funnies #57 (July 1941). Origin: Captain Midnight #1 (Sep 1942).|
|Devil's Dagger (Ken Wyman)||Master Comics #1 (Mar 1940)|
|Diamond Jack (Jack Lansing||Slam-Bang Comics #1 (Mar 1940)|
|Doctor Voodoo (Doctor Hal Carey||Whiz Comics #7|
|El Karim, Master of Magic||Master Comics #1 (Mar 1940)|
|Golden Arrow (Roger Parsons)||Whiz Comics #2 (Feb 1940)|
|The Hunchback (Allan Lanier)||Wow Comics #2 (Summer 1941)|
|Master Man||Master Comics #1 (March 1940)|
|Radar, the International Policeman||Master Comics #50 & Captain Marvel Adventures #35 (both May 1944)|
|Red Gaucho||Nickel Comics #4 (1940)|
|Warlock the Wizard||Nickel Comics #1 (1940)|
|White Rajah (David Scott)||Master Comics #1 (March 1940)|
|Zoro the Mystery Man||Slam-Bang Comics #6 (Aug. 1940)|
Fawcett Comics Heroes
Name: Susan Kent Barr
First appearance: Master Comics #13
First DC appearance: Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)
Featured appearances: Justice League of America #135-137 Master Comics #13-106
The DC Comics Bulletgirl deceased, as revealed Power of Shazam! #43. Secretly Susan Kent Barr, the wife of Bullet-man, Bulletgirl accompanied her husband in his crimefighting career. She has appeared only as a co-star in her husband's series.
A mysterious woman named Susan Parr recently appeared at a super-hero fan convention, claiming she used to work with Bulletman. (Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #3)
Name: Jim Barr
First appearance: Nickel Comics #1 (May
First DC appearance: Power of Shazam! #8 (Oct. 1995)
Bulletboy: Master Comics #48 (March 1941)
Featured appearances: America's Greatest #1-8 Bulletman #1-16 Justice League of America #135-137 Master Comics #7-106 Nickel Comics #1-8 Whiz Comics #106 • Power of Shazam! #35-36 • Starman #39-40
The DC Comics Bulletman is retired, but aids Captain Marvel from time to time. Secretly police scientist Jim Barr, Bulletman invented a serum that increased his strength and a gravity helmet that enables him (and his wife) to fly. Also insipired the heroine called The Bulleteer. (Seven Soldiers: Bulleteer #1)
Name: Chase Yale
First appearance: Wow #6 (Summer 1942)
First (and only) DC appearance: Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)
Featured appearances: Whiz #6–59, 102??
In current continuity, the Commando Yank has appeared only in a flashback to the 1942 formation of Fawcett City heroes. (Power of Shazam! #12)
See also: Fawcett Heroes
Written by Jack Holt
Commando Yank first appeared in WOW COMICS #6, cover dated July 15, 1942 and originally released sometime around April 17 of the same year. Apparently created by the Chesler studios Charles Sultan, the strip later featured art by Carl Pfeufer and Dan Barry. He started out as a masked solider without too many super hero attributes. He didnt even have a secret identity. He just apparently enjoyed wearing that infernal mask. (DCs Captain Desmo had a similar affectation for a white flying helmet).
In his first adventure, Commando Yanks debt to both the movie newsreels and the radio dramas was obvious. You can almost hear the crisp, overdramatic newsreel delivery as I let the story speak for itself:
The Commandos! Who and what are they? How many of us know the inside story of these daring raiders?
The Commandos! Glorious fighting men of England! By day, they plan, . . . by night, they attack!
Right into the stronghold of the enemy they go, right into the very jaws of death!
A small band but with the courage of thousands! The harder and bigger the task, the more eager they are to win—
And leading them?
Well, its a Yank! Yes, a red-blooded American! Maybe from your town or yours or yours—
Thrill every moment to that unsung hero . . . Commando Yank!
And the radio drama continues in the adventure as Commando Yank goes to Norway on a reconnaissance mission disguised as an old fisherman. He uses a corny radio drama accent in one sequence that is unintentionally funny. Here is the sterling dialogue. Please note the disgusted inn-keepers reaction:
Yimme, please a sandvich, ya?
Harrumph!! the innkeeper responds, but hands him the note anyway, obviously hoping Commando Yank will just TRY to actually speak Norwegian instead of a bad stage accent.
It is not to be.
Tanks please. C.Y. responds. Meanwhile the nearby Nazi troopers are clearly enjoying their lager a little too much because they miss the whole exchange.
Thank goodness or it would have been Fawcetts shortest cover feature character ever!
Hey, if I were a Norwegian who was playing host to German troops and this goon, I probably would have shot him. Good thing the innkeeper was a patriot!
Anyway, the story gets a lot better. Commando Yank is detected back at his boat, which is revealed as a speedboat instead of a fishing trawler. Our fighting Commando battles his way free and takes off to an undisclosed location on the British coast.
Commando Yank enters what appears to be a dilapidated fishing shelter. However as he quickly descends a secret stairway, an underground tunnel to Base 33 is revealed. General stereotyped British bon home transpires where we see the unwavering bravery of the British forces—all of whom, however, turn naturally to the Yank for any leadership and guidance.
Anyway, they decide to target the Norwegian Undergrounds goals, but to attack at an unexpected location up the coast. They will destroy radio and supply lines and take German prisoners if they can.
The plan begins, with the commandos entering beetle boats to invade the Norwegian coast. They are accompanied by two British destroyers and air cover by a wing of Hampden bombers. And a good thing too.
The fighting is fierce. (Another unintentionally funny line occurs in this segment as Commando Yank uses old American Indian tricks of warfare as he and his troops blast their way up a deserted street. Personally, Im guessing Sitting Bull, Pontiac, and Chief Joseph wouldnt have wasted their time blasting up a deserted street. But thats just me.
Commando Yank is hit by a snipers bullet in the shoulder, but manages to take out the sniper with his own pistol. He also engages in a lot of hand-to-hand combat, including fisticuffs with the defending Nazi troopers.
Finally, however, the commandos win the day. They return victorious to England.
The first few adventures are very similar, featuring different European locales all cheerfully resisting Hitler and his crew. They are a sort of travelogue of conventional scenes from old movies about foreign countries. Typical was Danger at the Dike from AMERICAS GREATEST COMICS #7, dated Spring 1943. In that adventure, Commando Yank appears disguised in his mask, wooden shoes, and a cap. Meanwhile, Vandermeer, the leader of Hollands underground, hides a coded message in a meerschaum, and the evil Nazis burrow a tiny hole in one of the dikes facing the Zuider Zee. Commando Yank is just barely able to defeat Baron Glutz, stop up the hole in the dike, and use a windmill to leap onto the struts of a low-flying RAF fighter before the night is over. Incredibly, the hero climbs inside the planes cockpit and returns home to England with the pilots.
Our faceless hero was a young boys wish fulfillment, but not a serious hero even by Captain Marvels standards. I have to assume that Fawcett asked for something more accessible. The nameless, faceless hero was just too unbelievable.
But it was a series of baby-steps.
In The Adventure of the Enemy Express from WOW COMICS #13, we learned for the first time that Commando Yank was, in reality Chase Yale, a reporter working for the American Broadcasting System and using shortwave to broadcast across the channel to occupied France and to the world. He was shown using a quick speedboat to slip through the Nazi coastal patrols and slip into France. There, he entered factories and towns to meet with underground leaders and plot the disruption of German plans.
Chase Yale resided in the Hotel Aster. An odd feature of the old building is that it faced a small courtyard on one side that was bounded by a different hotel. Oddly, Chase Yales window was one of the two that opened on the courtyard. Across the way was Commando Yanks HQ. Chase would leap from one window to the other creating the illusion that Chase and the Commando were not the same man. Commando Yank simply retired to his room, leapt across the courtyard, and re-appeared as Chase Yale in the Hotel Aster.
Also, early on, Chase Yale pretended to disbelieve rumors of this masked Commando Yank, the terror of the Nazis. Recklessly, Chase would broadcast information on the rumored activities of Commando Yank and the resistance. Then, transforming into the Commando, he would carry out his rumored plans to confound the enemy.
In that very issue though, the idiocy of this approach was shown. The Nazis actually almost catch the Commando because of Yales broadcast. Incredibly, Commando Yank uses fast footwork to defeat two German-sympathizing trainmen and a detachment of soldiers. He hijacks a munitions train and gives the arms to the French Underground.
At the end of the story, Yale again publicly doubted the existence of Commando Yank and brags on air about how his prediction that the enemys munitions plant would be upset by the resistance was proved to be true.
Contrary to all those Hogans Heroes reruns you might have seen, the German Army was filled with a lot of very bright people. Chase might as well have hung a sign on his neck that said I am Commando Yank.
This story idea was, wisely, later abandoned. Baroness Orczys Scarlet Pimpernel could get away with that kind of taunting because he was dodging muskets. Machine guns are a little harder to laugh off.
All in all, the Commandos stories did not ever gel as well as the well-defined Marvels or Bulletman.
In an odd correlation with All-Americans ALL STAR COMICS, Commando Yank fought the dread Black Dragon Society in a story called Mikado for a Day. The story, from WOW COMICS #18, dated October 1943, is eerie for many reasons. The art appears to be by Phil Bard, who did a mean swipe of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. The aforementioned Black Dragon Society was lifted from ALL STAR COMICS #12 from the previous year. And to top things off, Chase Yale was referred to repeatedly as Carter Yale. Its almost like a Gardner Fox story got lost and rewritten by the Chesler studio!!
In the tale itself, Carter Yale hears about the plight of Americans who lived in a section of Tokyo called Little America. The Chinese and American forces are helpless to save them from execution at the hands of the Black Dragons —who intend to throw them into the volcanic Mount Fujiyamas smoldering crater.
Commando Yank hitches a ride on the wing strut of a Chinese reconnaissance plane and parachutes onto Mount Fujiyama. In short order, he dispatches the Black Dragons and rescues the Americans. They decide to hide in plain sight, a la Poe, and return to Little America in the heart of Tokyo. From there they hope to make plans to escape.
But instead, a surprise visit from the Emperor gives Commando Yank a priceless opportunity. He captures the Emperor and holds him at gunpoint. Because ordinary Japanese soldiers are trained to obey the Emperors slightest command and do not see him, Commando Yank is able to get the Emperor to order the return of the Americans to their countrymen as non-combatants. Commando Yank stays with the Emperor until the command is carried out.
The Emperor calls upon a prototype of Nippo, Captain Marvels foe, and two other bodyguards. However, Commando Yank defeats the bruisers and takes over the Mikados throne. Then, from inside the palace grounds, he orders a second attack on Pearl Harbor.
What?!?!?!? you say. Yep. You read it right. But since the American forces were prepared this time and it wasnt a sneak attack, the Japanese fleet is easily destroyed.
Wish fulfillment and jingoism at its best. And somewhat similar to the effect of Doolittles raid perhaps.
At the end, Commando Yank leaves the Emperor alive to avoid creating a martyr (I guess the Black Dragon folks were too anonymous to count).
But the stories did start to become more and more believable. Carl Pfeufers appearance on the art chores also meant some great action-packed stories.
Commando Yank seemed to start focusing more on the war in the Pacific. And he continued the newsreel-like coverage of the war. So, in WOW COMICS #36, dated May 1945, for example, Commando Yank and MacArthur are both shown in the same story liberating the Phillipines. Commando Yank smokes out a few underground Japanese Army contingents, destroys a munitions plant disguised as a village, and frees Filipino slave-laborers. MacArthur does the heavy lifting of freeing the island at the end.
In one unusual moment, Commando Yank mistakenly believes a Filipino freedom fighter is a traitor and tosses him at the Japanese troops. After learning of his error, freeing the man, and encountering the brave slave-labor force, he discovers that one of the slaves is the daughter of the man he tossed away.
The story ends assuring us those stories of Japanese soldiers having health problems and retreating are lies. In reality, Commando Yank defeated them all.
Fawcett must have ordered a stockpile of stories during the war to cover for the possibility of losing its artists and writers to the draft. Wartime tales continued for a while after V-E Day and V-J Day, from the Official War Archive. Many appear to be recycled stories of one sort or another as the publisher tried to adjust to having a character called a commando in peacetime.
For example, in WOW COMICS #40s The Secret of the Vial (inadvertently called Tokyo Takeoff in the table of contents), Commando Yank battled Doctor Yaki on a secret volcanic island base. The island was kept a secret by shooting down all over flying planes and by capturing all the American forces that landed near the island.
Doctor Yaki had invented a serum that makes men into giants. (Again, this same idea was used many times by Gardner Fox, whose Professor Hugo Strange and Mister Who both used similar formulas.) And he used the American pilots and soldiers as gladiatorial combatants to test his brutal creations.
Like a costumed James Bond, Commando Yank infiltrates the hidden base, finds the lost American pilots, defeats the giants and Doctor Yaki, and blows the whole thing to kingdom come.
This seems to mark the start of a sort of spy-game Commando Yank. Chase Yale travels the world for his paper and moonlights as the costumed freedom fighter, setting wrongs to right and advancing the United Nations (i.e., the victorious allies excluding Russia) interests throughout the world.
Again, in Scoop at Sea from WOW COMICS #47, Chase Yale is sent to Batistas Cuba, where he becomes involved in a plot to assassinate a beautiful young woman. Chase was summoned by his editor from the National Hotel in Brazil by a cryptic note. Because he doesnt know why hes in Havana, Chase explores the bay area (in a shirt that he must have stolen from Lance OCasey and monogrammed with a big C.Y.).
Seeing two boats on a collision course, he tries to intervene. Commando Yank first frees the girl from handcuffs on board a sailboat as a captainless vessel is heading toward her. Then he defeats agents from an unidentified totalitarian country. It turns out the girl is soon to take the throne of Slovenia and the agents were trying to assassinate her.
Finally, after the case is solved, Yales editor finally wires him that he is to keep a lookout for the Princess in Havana. As Chase puts it, he scooped himself.
As I understand it, Commando Yank lasted up until Mary Marvel herself was replaced by Ozzie in WOW COMICS #59, but I do not have enough issues to confirm that.
Commando Yank was an ordinary soldier without superpowers or superhuman abilities, but some skill at tactics, hand-to-hand combat, and disguise.
It was suggested, but never stated as far as I know, that he was a fair linguist and was able to speak many different languages, including French, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese.
In his stories, everyone always appeared to speak English even when, in context, it was clear they must be actually using their native tongues.
He wore a gray tunic and gray pants, a blue weapons belt, black boots with red and white socks, and a blue hood that covered his eyes in a mask but left his nose and mouth bare. On his chest he wore a large white circular emblem in the center of which was a blue star. In the center of the star was a small red circle.
Excellent pictures of him can be found on numerous early and late issues of Fawcett's WOW COMICS, including his first appearance in #6, and an excellent side view on the cover of #8. He appeared as a smaller figure on many more covers of issues featuring Mary Marvel and the other WOW-sters.
I hope this was some help even though my sampling is small
The word "commando" had a more exotic connotation at the time. And the word "Yank" sounded so patriotic. I noticed he had no origin. Nor is there an explanation of why an American is leading all the British commandoes. Reminds me of that American character in the movie "Pearl Harbor", who just shows up in England and starts shooting down all the German planes. As dated as this character sounds, he might actually be interesting to revive someday.
Name: Prince Amentap
First appearance: Whiz
Comics #1 (Feb. 1940)
First DC appearance Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)
Name: Princess Taia of Thebes
appearance: Whiz #1 (Feb.
First DC appearance: Power of Shazam Graphic Novel
Featured appearances: All-Hero #1 Ibis the Invincible #1-6 • Whiz Comics #1-155
Ibis was originally Prince Amentep of ancient Egypt. He was chosen by Thoth (the God of Wisdom) to bear the Ibisstick, a magic wand which could grant its owner's every wish. Amentep and his lover Taia had everything their hearts desired but soon grew bored. They were also oppressed by Amentep's cruel uncle, the Black Pharaoh. Using the Ibisstick, they placed themselves under a spell of sleep and vowed to awaken in "more interesting times." Believed to be dead, their mummified bodies were later found by archaeologists and placed in separate museums. Amentep ended up in Fawcett City. In the 1940s, he was awakened by the wizard Shazam who knew of the prince from his years in Egypt.
Ibis (as the museum employees had nicknamed him) set out to find his lost love, Taia. Once they were reunited, Ibis began operating as a mystery man and joined the loose affiliation of heroes who worked for Shazam in Fawcett City. The Black Pharaoh resurfaced, kept alive by dark sorcery. After the war, Ibis returned to his mystical sleep and was awakened in modern day by Mary Marvel. He helped the Marvels against Shazam's daughter, Blaze. Ibis defeated her handyman, Black Adam, and took responsibility of minding the Rock of Eternity while Shazam traveled. (Power of Shazam! #12) When the Venusian worm called Mister Mind destroyed the Fawcett suburb, Fairfield, Ibis was able to absorb much of the bomb's destructive force, but not save lives. This severely taxed his powers; his former lover Taia then placed him in suspended animation.
Ibis and Taia apparently died on a recent mission with Zatanna, (Seven Soldiers: Zatanna #1) but they soon resurfaced only to be forced to return to their hibernation.
The lovers nearly died again while attmpting to prevent the god Set from acquiring the Helmet of Doctor Fate. They failed but put managed to put a a protective spell on it. Ibis then reached out to 17-year-old Danny Kasim Khalifa for help. Danny is an American descended from Egyptian royalty. When he found Ibis and Taia, they were already mummified and in their slumber. Ibis magically entrusted Danny with the Ibistick which guided him to their patron, Thoth. Danny succeeded in getting the Helmet back from Set and put a new spell on it to ensure that no evil force could retrieve it. (Helmet of Fate: Ibis)
Ibis the Invincible was a Fawcett Comics character who first appeared in WHIZ COMICS #2 (which also contained the debut of Captain Marvel among others). He and the other Fawcett heroes were acquired by DC in the 1970s.
Ibis was originally Prince Amentep of ancient Egypt. He was chosen by Thoth (the God of Wisdom) to bear the Ibisstick, a magic wand which could grant its owner's every wish. Amentep and his lover Taia had everything their hearts desired but soon grew bored. They were also oppressed by Amentep's cruel relative (his uncle, I believe), the Black Pharoah. Using the Ibisstick, they placed themselves under a spell of sleep and vowed to awaken in "more interesting times."
Believed to be dead, their mummified bodies were later found by archaeologists and placed in seperate museums. Amentep ended up in Fawcett City. In the 1940s, he was awakened by the wizard Shazam who knew of the prince from his years in Egypt. (An unnamed man looking at the sarcophagus in the original Fawcett story was revealed as Shazam in DC's THE POWER OF SHAZAM.) Ibis (as the museum employees had nicknamed him) set out to find his lost love, Taia. Once they were reunited, Ibis began operating as a mystery man and joined the loose affiliation of heroes who worked for Shazam in Fawcett City, among them Spy Smasher, Minute Man, Bulletman, Bulletgirl, Mr. Scarlet, and Pinky. (Pre-Crisis, they were known as the Squadron of Justice and were the heroes of Earth-S. They were featured in a crossover with the JLA and JSA in the 70s.)
I know little of Ibis' Golden Age stories other than the fact that the Black Pharaoh resurfaced, kept alive by dark sorcery. After the war, Ibis returned to his mystical sleep and was awakened in modern day by Mary Marvel in an issue of THE POWER OF SHAZAM.
Name: Pvt. (later Lt.) "Jack" Weston
First appearance: Master Comics #11
First DC appearance: Power of Shazam! #8 (Oct. 1995)
The DC Comics Minute-Man worked for S.T.A.R. Labs (Power of Shazam! #19). He was killed by the Fourth Reich sometime prior to Justice Soceity of America #3 (Apr. 2007). This group's mission was to destroy the legacy of all American heroes whose identities were closely tied to America itself.
Name: Brian Butler
First appearance: Wow Comics #1
First DC appearance: Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)
Pinky aka Mister Scarlet II
Pinky, first appearance: Wow
As Mister Scarlet II: Power of Shazam! #44
Featured appearances, both: America's Greatest Comics #1-7 Wow Comics #1-69 Justice League of America #135–137
The pre-Crisis Mister Scarlet and Pinky were wiped out in the Crisis. He was a former district attorney who cut past the red tape as a super hero.
Mister Scarlet is now retired. (Power of Shazam! #44) Attorney Brian Butler was a costumed acrobat. His former sidekick Pinky became Mister Scarlet II sometime prior to Power of Shazam! #44. No explanation was given as to his apparent lack of aging.
Name: "Mickey" Malone
First appearance: Wow Comics #6 (Summer 1942)
First (and only) DC appearance: Power of Shazam! #12 (Feb. 1996)
In current continuity, the Phantom Eagle has appeared only in a flashback to the 1942 formation of Fawcett City heroes. (Power of Shazam! #12)
Name: Alan Armstrong
First appearance: Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940)
First DC appearance: Power of Shazam! #8 (Oct. 1995)
Featured appearances: All-Hero Comics #1 America's Greatest Comics #1–6, 8 Justice League of America #135–137 • Spy Smasher #1-11 • Whiz Comics #2–75
The pre-Crisis Spy Smasher was wiped out in the Crisis. Spy Smasher became Crime Smasher in Whiz Comics #76; he appeared in the remainder of the run of Whiz Comics (through #155) and in one issue of his own title.
The DC Comics Spy Smasher is retired, but aids Captain Marvel from time to time. Virginia sportsman Alan Armstrong began his Spy Smasher career during World War II.
Succeeded by Katarina Armstrong (relation unknown), Spy Smasher II. She operated at the deepest levels of U.S. espionage. (Birds of Prey #100)
These Fawcett Comics characters have not been used in the mainstream DC Universe.
Balbo the Boy Magician
First appearance: Master Comics #32 (Nov. 1942)
Name: Capt. Red Albright
First appearance: The Funnies #57 (July 1941). Origin: Captain Midnight #1 (Sep 1942).
Captain Midnight was a radio character who was sufficiently popular that his adventures moved into the comics.
His Secret Squadron included: SS-1 (Joyce Ryan), SS-2 (Charles "Chuck" Ramsey), SS-3 aka Sgt. Twilight (Ichabod "Ikky" Mudd)
Captain Midnight was not owned by Fawcett Comics. The Ovaltine company ("mmm-mmm choco-riffic good Ovaltine") originally had the rights to the character. Ovaltine is now owned by Novartis. Dell published a Captain Midnight book for a year or two before Fawcett. DC would probably never use this character. —Thanks to Craig Shapley
Dark Horse Comics has licensed the character, however, and published two reprint volumes beginning in 2013, and a series in 2015.
Name: Ken Wyman
First appearance: Master Comics #1 (Mar 1940)
Name: Jack Lansing
First appearance: Slam-Bang Comics #1 (Mar 1940)
Name: Doctor Hal Carey
First appearance: Whiz Comics #7
El Karim, Master of Magic
First appearance: Master Comics #1 (Mar 1940)
Name: Roger Parsons
First appearance: Whiz Comics #2
1940's era western hero.
Name: Allan Lanier
First appearance: Wow Comics #2 (Summer 1941)
"Allan Lanier, son of a wealthy family, has long sought a way to fight crime and its instigators! Hitting upon a plan that an ugly dwarfed menace should strike sheer horror into the hearts of bad men, Lanier becomes the terrible Hunchback, spine-chilling figure of the night!". Lanier was harsh on criminals, beating them with a club and on one occasion in his four issue run, strangling a corrupt D.A. to death! His outfit was green.
The Hunchback II This Hunchback was a musical killer from the early-eighties Batgirl strip, who killed girls to get inspiration for his music.
First appearance: Master Comics #1 (March 1940)
Radar, the International Policeman
Name: Pvt. "Pep" Pepper
First appearance: Master Comics #50 & Captain Marvel Adventures #35 (both May 1944)
Pep Pepper was the latest a long line of circus folks. His father was a strongman and acrobat and his mother was a "mentalist," and Pep inherits both their powers, along with clairvoyant "radar vision." He works for the side of right, fighting against the Germans during the war and then against international lawbreakers after the war.
First appearance: Nickel Comics #4 (1940)
Warlock the Wizard
First appearance: Nickel Comics #1 (1940)
The "last of the white magicians." Like Ibis, most of his power was situated in his fist-headed wand called the Golden Hand.
Whenever he said the magic word, "Abraxas!" the hand would detach and fly through the air, growing to giant size and doing whatever he commanded.
He was assisted in his battle against evil by his talking pet raven Hugin (named, no doubt, after one of a pair of such black birds who perched on the shoulders of the Norse god Odin and acted as his spies in the mortal world).
White Rajah (David Scott)
First appearance: Master
Comics #1 (March 1940)
Zoro the Mystery Man
First appearance: Slam-Bang Comics #6 (August 1940)
Zoro was a masked mystery man who actually started in Fawcett's Slam-Bang Comics before Slam-Bang, Nickel Comics, and Master Comics were all combined into Master Comics.
» FEATURED APPEARANCES:
- Adventure Comics #491–492 (1982)
- Power of Shazam! #8, 11, 19, 24, 34, 35, 41, 44 (Ibis was a regular from #12–43)
- World's Finest #279–282 (1982)