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Golden Age of Comics


Batman appeared for the first time in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics. He was created by 24-year-old artist Bob Kane and 25-year-old writer Bill Finger. Batman became a very popular character soon after his introduction and gained his own comic book title in 1940. Batman continued to star in Detective Comics and starting in the fall of 1940, Batman regularly appeared in World's Finest Comics.

Batman's kid sidekick Robin was introduced in Detective Comics #38 (April 1940). The first issue of the solo spin-off series Batman introduced the Joker and Catwoman.

These original stories established: Batman's secret identity as Bruce Wayne, an American millionaire, playboy, industrialist, and philanthropist; having witnessed the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered with the greater ideal of justice; Wayne trains himself both physically and intellectually and dons a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime; Batman operates in the fictional American Gotham City; unlike most superheroes, he does not possess any superpowers.

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Sat, Aug 18th - 9:51AM

Golden Age of Comics


Hangman, created by Cliff Campbell and George Storm, was possibly the most violent superhero of all - an embittered executioner out to avenge the death of his brother.

The Hangman first appeared in Pep Comics #17 (July 1941) published by MLJ Magazines Inc., the precursor to Archie Comics. As well as appearing in "Pep Comics", "Black Hood Comics", "Special Comics", the Hangman had his own title in 7 quarterly issues from Spring 1942 to Fall 1943.

The Hangman was a recent college graduate named Robert Dickering. His brother John was The Comet. The Comet became the first superhero to die. He is shot as he rescues Robert from gangsters.

As he holds his dying brother, Robert swears vengence. "I'll carry on for him .. I'll bring his murderers to the Hangman! I'll be their Hangman!"

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Mon, Aug 6th - 9:52AM

Golden Age of Comics

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics in February 1940. He was a more approachable kind of superhero with a sense of humor who often outsold Superman. In 1944,Captain Marvel Adventures sold fourteen million copies.

Created by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, Captain Marvel is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a youth who works as a radio news reporter and was chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard's name, he is struck by a magic lightning bolt that transforms him into an adult superhero.

Captain Marvel was also the first comic book superhero to be adapted to film, in a 1941 Republic Pictures serial.

Captain Marvel was published by Fawcett Comics until 1953. In 1972, DC Comics licensed the Marvel Family characters and returned them to publication, acquiring all rights to the characters by 1991.

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