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Golden Age DC Characters

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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

DC Heroes

Captain X of the RAF (Richard "Buck" Dare, aka The Aviator)

First appearance: Star-Spangled Comics #1 (October 1941)
Featured appearances: Star-Spangled Comics #1-7

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

Non-costumed hero.
First appearance: Detective Comics #1 (1937)

Cosmo was a gentleman adventurer, crime-fighter, and a master of disguise.

Creature Commandos

First appearance: Weird War Tales #93 (Nov. 1980)

A wartime team created in 1980.

» SEE: Creature Commandos

Doctor Thirteen (Dr. Terrence Thirteen)

First appearance: Star-Spangled Comics #122 (Nov. 1951)

A sort of skeptical psychic detective. He worked with the Spectre and the Phantom Stranger. Has was reinterpreted in Vertigo Visions: Dr. Thirteen (Sept. 1998). This led to other appearances including the critically-acclaimed Tales of the Unexpected series (2007) by Brian Azzarello. This character is the father of a girl sorceress, Traci 13 (1st app. Superman #189, 2003)

Gay Ghost/Grim Ghost

First appearance: Sensation Comics #1 (Jan. 1942)

The ghost of Keith Everet, Earl of Strethmere, using the corpse of Charles Collins.

The Gay Ghost is reputed to have shared one adventure with the Justice Society. (Starman v.2 #62)

The Ghost was last seen in 1945. (Sensation #38)

General Glory (Joseph Jones)

Created after the the Golden Age.
First appearance, in flashback: Justice League Europe #20 (November 1990).
In person:
Justice League America #46 (January 1991)

A wartime hero created in 1990 who became a member of the Justice League. Died in Justice League Quarterly #16.

» SEE: General Glory

Genius Jones (Johnny "Genius" Jones)

First appearance: Adventure Comics #77

Last seen in 1947 (More Fun #126).

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.

Gernsback

Created after the the Golden Age.
First appearance: All-Star Squadron #31 (March 1984). As Elektro All-Star Squadron #21.

Robot butler to the the All-Star Squadron. Built from the Elektro robot from the 1939–40 New York World's Fair.

Ghost Patrol

First appearance: Flash Comics #29 (May 1942)

Last appearance: Flash Comics #104 (1949)

G. I. Robot I: J.A.K.E. 1

Original: Star-Spangled War #101 (Feb./Mar. 1962).
J.A.K.E. I:
Weird War Tales #101 (July 1981).
J.A.K.E. II:
Weird War Tales #115 (Sept. 1982).

A wartime robot created in 1962.

» SEE: Creature Commandos

Lt. "Hop" Harrigan (aka the Black Lamp, aka Guardian Angel)

First appearance: All-American Comics #1 (April 1939)
Featured appearances: All-American Comics #1-99 •  Comic Cavalcade #3-30 • 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)

Kana of the OSS (no alter ego)

First appearance: G.I. Combat #232 (Aug. 1981)

Wartime hero created in 1981. Last appeared towards the end of WWII in G.I. Combat #279.

Lando, Man of Magic (??)

First appearance: World's Best Comics #1 (Spring 1941)

Last seen in 1942 (World's Finest Comics #7).

 

Little Boy Blue (Thomas "Tommy" Rogers)

First appearance: Sensation Comics #1 (Jan. 1942)
Blue Boy 1: "Tubby" (Sensation #1, Jan 1942)
Blue Boy 2: Herb "Toughy" Simms (Sensation #1, Jan 1942)
Little Miss Redhead: "Janie" (post WWII)

Featured appearances: Sensation Comics #1–82 (Jan. 1942–Oct. 1948); The Big All-American Comic Book (1944)

Retired. 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, 5 2005)

Miss X (Margaret Janice “Peggy” Maloney)

First appearance: Action Comics #26 (July 1940)

After Tex Thomson's (aka Mister America's) partner, Gargantua T. Potts, joined the French army as a cook, he was replaced on the crimefighting front by Miss X, a mystery woman whose disguise consisted solely of black glasses. (Action #26-27) Around the same time, Thomson's path also crossed that of District Attorney Maloney and his daughter Janice (or "Peggy", as she was called). (#29-30) Tex soon connected the two women when he and Bob Daley accompanied Peggy on a train trip to Washington D.C. They encountered Miss X once they reached the city, and Tex confided to Bob that "I think I know who she is." (#29)

Only a few month's later, while sailing to Europe on a secret mission, Tex was declared dead after a bomb sank his vessel. (#33) The tragedy seemed to have had a profound effect on Miss X, who apparently operated as much out of an attraction to Thomson as she did a desire to fight injustice. Eventually, Tex's survival became public knowledge but D.A. Maloney and Miss X have not been seen since 1940. (#43)

NOTES: Miss X was mentioned in a Thomson restrospective in Secret Origins #29 (1988).

» SEE ALSO: Fanzing: The many deaths of Miss America

Mr. Magik/The White Magician (Dr. Asquith Randolph)

First appearance: Wonder Woman Annual v.2 #3 (1992)

Wartime hero created in 1992.

Nadir, Master of Magic (??)

First appearance: New Adventure Comics #17 (July 1937)

Strangled into unconsciousness in New Adventure #30 (1938). Wore a turban and had a mustache but his costume otherwise consisted of a business suit.

Proletariat (Boris Mikhail Dhomov)

» FIRST APPEARANCE: Flash v.2 #51 (June 1991)

Wartime Russina hero created in 1991.

» SEE: Heroes of Russia

Red, White & Blue

First appearance: All-American Comics #1 (April 1939)

Red, White, and Blue were fighters who had no superpowers 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.

Sgt. Glory (??)

Created after the the Golden Age.
First appearance: ??

Collapsed in dementia and took the current identity of the Glory Shredder (Impulse #37, 65).

Slam Bradley

First appearance: Detective Comics #1 (March 1937)
Featured appearances: Detective Comics #1-152 • 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.

The Scarab (Louis Sendak)


First appearance: The Scarab #1 (Nov. 1993)
Featured appearances: JSA #1-3, 17-18

A wartime hero created in 1993. The Scarab was a member of the wartime group called the Seven Shadows. Presumed deceased when Johnny Sorrow ravaged his body in JSA #18.

» SEE: Obscure Characters

Speed Saunders (Cyril "Speed" Saunders).

First appearance: Detective Comics #1 (March 1937)
Featured appearances: Detective Comics #1–58 (??)

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.")

Stalnoivolk, the Steel Wolf (Ivan Illyich Gort)

» SEE: Heroes of Russia

Stretch (Tom Longacre)

First appearance: Action Comics Weekly #637 (1988)

Wartime hero created in 1988. A minor hero during WWII, he met and befriended a man named "Harry." Stretch now works for Hero Hotline, which is run by Harry, a former super-hero.

Tiger ("Tiger" Tanaka, Avatar)

First appearance: Judomaster #91 (Oct. 1966)
First DC appearance: The L.A.W. #1 (Sept. 1999)

Tiger was the original boy partner of Judomaster, wartime heroes who were created in 1966 in Charlton Comics. Active as the villain called Avatar in the L.A.W. He now heads a team of assassins called the Blood Soldiers. (Justice Society of America v.3 #11, 2007)

» SEE: The L.A.W.

Anomalies

Blackmask (Daniel "Dan" Cody) — Creator-owned by Brian Augustyn.

First appearance: Blackmask #1-3 (1993)

A 1950s hero, Blackmask was Dan Cady, whose three-issue 1994 series was a creator-owned project from Brian Augustyn and Jim Baike. In the 1950s, Korean vet Dan Cady took the guise of Blackmask (black leather jacket and pants, plus a bandana-style mask) to free Iroquis Falls, New York from the grip of the Falcon mob. With the destruction of the mob complete, Dan tossed his mask in the garbage and left town to truly start his life over.

» SEE ALSO: Obscure Characters: Blackmask

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