This page lists super-powered and costumed adventurers from DC's Golden Age that are less-featured. For a more exhaustive list of Golden Age characters, see:
The following Golden Age DC super-heroes have been a part of the DC Universe, but have either...
- played very minor roles,
- were created after the Golden Age (as Golden Age characters),
- or have not been used by DC since the Golden Age
The Black Pirate (and Son)
Created by Sheldon Moldoff
Name: Jon Valor
Known relatives: Donna Bonita (wife), Justin Valor (son, Black Pirate II)
First appearance: Action Comics #23 (Apr. 1940)
- Action Comics #23–36, 38–42 (Apr. 1940–Nov. 1941)
- Sensation Comics #1–31, 41, 42, 49–51 (Jan. 1942–July 1944)
- All-American Comics #72, 73, 83–102 (Apr. 1946–Oct. 1948)
- All-Star Squadron #54, 55 (1986)
- Comic Cavalcade #1, 2, 7 (1942–43)
- DC Comics Presents #48 (1982)
- Justice League of America #159–160 (1978)
A popular and exciting comic adventure, "The Black Pirate" endured for over eight years through three Godlen Age titles. The series was set in . While it was not set in the current day, its protagonists wore costumes and masks.
An Englishman in sixteenth century Spain.
Captain X of the R.A.F.
Name: Richard "Buck" Dare, aka The Aviator
First appearance: Star-Spangled Comics #1 (Oct. 1941)
Featured appearances: Star-Spangled Comics #1–7 (Oct. 1941–Apr. 1942)
This pilot served in the British Royal Air Force and was the grandfather of Ronald Raymond (Firestorm I). His son, Edward Raymond never knew Richard. Dare only introduced himself on the day of his son's wedding. (Firestorm #??) When next he returned to visit his son and grandson, it was to warn them of an old nemesis—the Russian called Stalnoivolk. Dare was unable to stop Stalnoivolk's attack and he was himself killed by the Russian superman. (Firestorm #71)
Cosmo, Phantom of Disguise
First appearance: Detective Comics #1 (Mar. 1937)
Featured appearances: Detective Comics #1–20, 22–37 (Mar. 1937–Mar. 1940)
Cosmo was a gentleman adventurer, crime-fighter, and a master of disguise. His strip was printed in two-color.
The Federal Men featuring Steve Carson
Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Featured appearances: New Comics #2–11 (Jan. 1936–() • New Adventure Comics #12–31 () • Adventure Comics #32– 70 (–Jan. 1942)
The Flying Fox (Rex Darrel)
First appearance: More Fun Comics #37 (Nov. 1938)
Featured appearances: More Fun Comics #37–38, 40–51 (Nov 1938–Jan. 1940)
This hero was an aviator who wasn't a super-hero, per se, but who wore a pilot's cap with foxlike ears. When his goggles were on, it resembled the Batman's cowl.
Gary Concord, Ultra Man
Featured appearances: All American Comics #8-19 (Nov. 1939–Oct. 1940)
Sci-fi, future alternate earth
First appearance: Adventure Comics #77 (Aug. 1942)
Featured appearances: Adventure Comics #77–102 (Aug. 1942–Feb./Mar. 1946) • All Funny Comics #1–16 (Winter 1943–Mar./Apr. 1947) • More Fun Comics #108–125 (Mar. 1946–Aug. 1947)
Genius Jones has been revived in the backup feature of the 2007 Tales of the Unexpected. In this series, Dr. Thirteen leads a ragtag band of forgotten heroes who fight to stay relevant in a universe whose "architects" seek to sideline them.
Name: ?? Harrigan, aka the Black Lamp, aka Guardian Angel
First appearance: All-American Comics #1 (Apr. 1939)
Series: All-American Comics #1-99 (Apr. 1939–July 1948) • Comic Cavalcade #3-30 (Summer 1943–Dec. 1948/Jan. 1949)
Featured appearances: Flash Comics #66-68 • Sensation Comics v.2 #1 (1999) • Young All-Stars #8
Assisted the All-Star Squadron once by flying them to Alaska. (Young All-Stars #8)
Little Boy Blue
Created by Bill Finger and Jon L. Blummer
Name, Little Boy Blue: Thomas "Tommy" Rogers. Tubby: Unrevealed. Toughy: Herb Simms.
First appearance: Sensation Comics #1 (Jan. 1942)
Little Miss Redhead: "Janie" First appearance: Sensation Comics #?? (??)
Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys II
First appearance: The Flash v.2 #12 (1988)
Names: Shawn Rogers, "Static," and
- Sensation Comics #1–82 (Jan. 1942–Oct. 1948)
- The Big All-American Comic Book (1944)
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #13 (1986)
- Who's Who Update '88 #2 (1988)
- The Flash v.2 #12 (1988)
- Seven Soldiers #0
Briefly succeeded by their offspring. (Flash v.2 #12, Invasion! #2)
A new hero called Boy Blue appeared as a member of the Vigilante's new Seven Soldiers of Victory. He was unnamed, but apparently a Hispanic teenager who wore a ghost suit that made him lighter than air or harder than diamond. He also carrired a horn with concussive properties. He appeared only once and perished along with all the Soldiers after defeating the Miracle Mesa Monster; they were slaughtered by the Gods of the Miracle Mesa. (Seven Soldiers Special #0)
The Masked Ranger
Created by Jim Chambers
First appearance: More Fun Comics #36 (Oct. 1938)
Featured appearances: More Fun Comics #36–41 (Oct. 1938–Mar. 1939)
Red, White & Blue
First appearance: All-American Comics #1 (April 1939)
Featured appearances: All-American Comics #1–69, 71 (Apr. 1939–Mar. 1946) • Comic Cavalcade #1, 2, 5-7 (Dec. 1942–Sept. 1945) • World's Finest Comics #1-7
Red, White, and Blue were fighters who had no super-powers but were strong and clever. Sergeant Red Dugan of Army G2, Whitey Smith of the Army, and Blooey Blue of the Navy three allies who team with FBI agent Doris West. A version of this trio appeared in Kingdom Come.
First appearance: Detective Comics #1 (Mar.
Featured appearances: Detective Comics #1-152 (Mar. 1937–Oct. 1949) • Adventures of Superman #467 • Action Comics #743 • Superman v.2 #44
Bradly was a non-costumed detective Golden Age, and the creation of Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster. He debuted before Superman as a regular in Detective Comics. Bradley's face resembled that of Superman (as did their Doctor Occult). He wore the same suits that every early comics plainclothes hero wore. His partner was Shorty Smith, a very short, blond-haired man who idolized him. Appeared in Detective #500, partnered with Batman, Sherlock Holmes and Elongated Man.
In post-Crisis continuity, there appears to be three Bradleys. Slam Bradley Jr. (the original's son) debuted in post-Crisis Superman #44 (06.90). The young Bradley inherited his father's resemblence to Superman, and was once mistaken for Clark Kent. He showed up again alongside Superman "Blue" (Action #743, 1998), on the trail of a character named the Inkling. However, in the midst of the creative team upheavals in the Superman titles, Slam (among many other Metropolitans) was lost and forgotten. Slam Jr. recently became an ally of Catwoman, (Detective #762) Slam Jr. also has a son, Sam who was a police officer that went undercover as Smart Bomb to infiltrate the Society in Gotham City. He met Catwoman as well when Slam was kidnapped and tortured by the Black Mask. (Catwoman #50-52)
In Catwoman #54, Slam meets Ted Grant outside a bar; he says they must be the same age. If Slam meant that he was around during Wildcat’s early adventures, then Slam's Golden Age adventures likely stand in continuity. However, Wildcat has extended longevity and Slam may think that Wildcat is younger than he is.
Name: Cyril "Speed" Saunders
First appearance: Detective Comics #1 (March 1937)
Featured appearances: Detective Comics #1, 3–58 (Mar. 1937–Dec. 1941)
A non-costumed hero who became part of the Justice Society legacy in 1999. Speed was active in modern-day adventuring and was the grandfather of Kendra Saunders, Hawkgirl II. In a retroactive change to continuity, he was also made to be the cousin of Shiera Saunders, Hawkgirl I. (In original tales, Shiera's last name was "Sanders.")