1940, Planet Comics #1 (Fiction House). When his scientist father
died, Flint was left with the duty to completing his spaceship to
be sent to Mars. He does so and explores space with his girlfriend
and reporter Mimi Wilson and some ex-cons with hearts of gold: Harry
Parks, Cliff Grant, and Phil Godwin. In issue #26, he teams up with the explorer Reef Ryan and become part of the crack team of Space Rangers commanded by Borla, the Martian.
1941, Air Fighters Comics #2 (Hillman). Jack Gatling lost his hair
flying through a fire. He fights the Japanese, in his plane, the
1941, Bang-Up #1 (Progressive). Teenage Buzz is accidentally shrunk
down to doll size by his father, Professor Balmer. His father shrinks
a plane for him and he has Doll Man-esque adventures.
1939, Mystery Men #1 (Fox Features). Inspector Bancroft, a Scotland
1939, Speed Comics #1. Biff is an adventurous U.S. Marine.
Fantastic Comics #21 (Fox) When Jim O'Donnell's stepfather is killed
in Ireland by the masked villain the Scorpion, he follows the villain
to the U.S. and defeats him by pure luck. Despite this less than
auspicious beginning, he decides to continue fighting crime.
1941, Yankee Comics #2 (Harry A Chesler). No, really. "Barry Kuda."
He is a water-breathing hero in the Aquaman mold." He helps Merma
in its fight against "the neighboring midget kingdom." He is helped
by Algie, native of Merma. Other than breathing underwater, he possesses
no obvious super powers.
1941, Bang-Up #1 (Progressive). Jeff Barter and his assistant Ted
Collins are traders in Africa and having the standard adventures
fighting evil and helping good natives.
||Edison Bell: 1940, Blue Bolt Comics v1#1 (Novelty). Teenage boy inventer and builder. When he and his pal Jerry started out, they were younger and he was able to invent things like a robot, a rocket car, and able discover how to smash the atom. By the end of the decade, he was decidedly teen-age and put together things like a bicycle garage (in 4 Most). Just goes to show, it doesn't pay to peak too early. Whatever his project was, he always seemed to attract the attention of very bad men.
||Bert and Sue: 1946, Super-Mystery Comics v6n1 (Ace). A pair of romantic amateur sleuths in the manner of William Powell and Myrna Loy's Thin Man performances down to the pencil thin mustache.
Wings: British commandoes
dressed head to toe in black costumes. There are at least 9 agents
as the one story Ive read deals with agents 5 & 9.
Blast Bennet: 1940, Weird Comics #1 (Fox). Space adventurer,
he and his pal/ kid sidekick Red travel through space in their
1940, Weird Comics #1 (Fox). In the American Southwest, this young
Indian man flies and the keen senses of a bird of prey. The only
clue to his origin is in the text that claims his lineage as a descendant
of an ancient Indian god. In most of the pics, it seemed to me that
his wings were black, but then it could be artistic license. He's
armed with bow and arrow and knife and a skilled fighter with and
without his weapons. The time period of the early stories are ambiguous
but by issue 4, he's clearly in the present day and the wings are
definitely white. They are also more like angel wings, sprouting
from his back as opposed to being attached to his arms ala the Black
Condor. That issue also claimed that his ancestors lived for many
centuries on a bleak island in the North Atlantic. Issue 3 or 4
(I don't have issue 3 to read) seems to be an issue where the looks
of several characters changed, Blast Bennet went from a brunette
in a blue miliary style suit to a blondish redhead in green, and
the foe of Voodoo Man, Bob Warren lost his dashing dark hair and
mustache to become clean-shaven and sandy-blonde with a new assistant
and no girlfriend.
||Black Ace: 1941,
Four Favorites #2 (Ace Periodicals). His only appearance, presumably
an aviation hero.
1941, Air Fighters Comics #2. Sylvia Manners lives in an ancient
English castle and is a delicate young woman, prone to things like
feeling faint from the least bit of excitemnt. Secretly, when she's
needed, she goes into an underground hangar, puts on a skin-tight
black costume, and flies a special plane against the Nazis and whatever
strange dangers they throw her way. She frequently works with the
dashing hunk "Black Prince," Colonel Prince of the RAF.
1941, Blue Beetle #9 (Fox). Jake Baxter is the inventor and pilot
of his own special airplane and is the heroic Blackbird when trouble
arises. He's helped out by his mechanic Raftery (sic).
1944, Blazing Comics #1 (Enwill Publishing). Jeffrey Scott: fencing
instructer at Versailles, a spy and the legendary privateer, the
Black Buccaneer travelling the seas in his black ship, the Raven.
His number one man is Boris and he's sometimes helped by his brother Ronnie.
||Black Cat: 1941,
Pocket Comics #1 (Harvey). Linda Turner is one of Hollywood's biggest
and most glamorous stars but is bored of that life. Daughter of
a stuntman, she trains to become an expert in judo and fights crime
secretly as the Black Cat. She takes in the orphan Kit Weston and
makes him her sidekick, Kitten. She also has a pet white cat that wears an outfit that turns her into a black cat when helping Black Cat out.
Black Cobra: 1941, Dynamic Comics #1 (Dynamic); 1944,
Captain Flight Comics (Four Star Publications); 1954, Black Cobra
(Ajax Farrell). The rights to the Black Cobra transferred several
times. One version of his story, he's supposed to be Jim Hornsby
who teams up with his younger brother, Bob, aka the Cobra Kid, and
fights crime. Which may or may not be correct. Ajax Farrell comics
picked up the character, he became a commie buster. He would prove
to be an inconsistant character, there. In one adventure, his
costume contained bullet proof plastic (although an unexploding
shell from a tank would knock the wind out of him). In another,
as the Black Cobra he apparently had some superpowers and ran
into trouble when a secret chemical formula kept him from being
able to change. His secret id in these stories was Steve Drake
and worked for the FBI who worked with an office boy that was
1941, Air Fighters Comics #1 (Hillman). Barry Haynes is a devil-may-care
pilot who is sentenced to death by firing squad for treason. However,
it's a plot for him to uncover the real spy ring and his escape
is engineered. He escapes but is shot down by the Germans, who capture
him and alter his looks so that he can work for them as a German
agent. Unfortunately, the British Chief of M.I. , the only man who
knows the truth about him has been captured. Haynes steals an experimental
plane, the Black Commander and fights the Nazis, but must avoid
the allies as well until he can prove his innocence and loyalty.
1941, Red Dragon #6 (Street and Smith). When his father is killed
by the head of the Gestapo known only as #1, Joe Mills dons an all
black costume save for the white cross (one vertical and two horizontal
lines) to hunt him down. The Black Crusader has one special weapon,
a quick drying plastic spray that allows him to cast instant masks
and become a master of disguise. NOTE: The above comes from the
one story that I've actually read. Other sources give a very different
background and I cannot personally verify at this time.
1949, Black Diamond Western #9 (Gleason). When his family is slain
by outlaws, Bob Vale adopts the masked identity of the Black Diamond,
doing his Lone Ranger thing in the Old West. Like his pulp forebears,
he had a habit of leaving a token, a playing card of his namesake
suit. and eventually became an official U.S. Marshal, possibly the
only masked one in history. His horse is Reliapon and sidekick is
circus strong man Bumper.
1945, Red Seal Comics #14 (Harry "A" Chesler). Shorty Wilson
abandons professional football in order to use his athletic skills
fight the underworld. He is aided in his endeavor by his girlfriend
and crack shot: Arsenic, explosives expert Nitro, and a human fly
they call the Human Fly.
||Black Friday: 1942, Cat-man Comics #8 (Holyoke). Military Intelligence Officer Lee Ainsley is gunned down and reported dead. However, an un-named doctor saves his life, fakes a death certificate and gives him a new face and he's now a secret secret agent known as Black Friday as he brings bad luck to the enemies of America..
1940, Fantastic Comics #17 (Fox). John Perry puts on a disguise
to investigate and solve crimes for his crime reports in the Daily
Clarion where he is also a gossip columnist. His sidekick is the
son of a slain cop, Chuck Marley. His costume is remarkably similar
to that of the Black Terror although Fury came first.
Fury II: April 6, 1941. The Black Fury (comic strip distributed
by the Bell Syndicate). and created by artist Tarpe Mills. Marla
Drake wears a skintight catsuit left to her by her uncle. While
she doesn't seem to have any powers beyond regular superheroic athleticism
and fighting ability, but the strip says the costume has strange
powers. Originally called "Black Fury", she eventually
was called Miss Fury. The Miss Fury strip ran until 1952. Her strip
was reprinted by Timely Comics for several years. Created by Tarpe
Mills, one of the few Golden-age female creators.
||Black Fury III:
1941, Super-Magic Comics #1 (Street & Smith), Adventurer
Rex King lives in the jungle with Kato, his faithful black panther.
When danger threatens the adopted home he loves, he puts on a costume
that allows him to glide and protect his peaceful jungle home from
a variety of evils. He eventually travels to the Far East and becomes
a thorn in the side of the Japanese. NOTE: It looks like Rex only
went by the name of the Black Fury in his first outing. After that,
the strips and even his enemies just called him by his name. The
one story I've read with him in costume, his legs are bare and his
faithful black panther has a white star on his/her forehead and
goes by the name "Jet".
1941, Wonderworld Comics #21 (Fox). George Davis is one of those
big game hunters who decides hunting criminals would be more challeging.
He is helped by his teen sidekick Cub who is in reality his nephew Larry. Over the course of their 6 issue run, they fought the villainous Blitz. It's hard to tell by the size of the graphics, but while the Black Lion's chest emblem is that of a lion's head, Cub's is appropriately enough of a cat without a mane, a lion cub.
||Black Orchid: 1944,
Tops Comics (Lev Gleason). Diana Dawn is secretary to D.A. Richard
Day. Thanks to a magic ring, she's also the mysterious sleuth Black
Orchid. The ring releases black paralyzing gases. She also carries
||Black Orchid: 1943,
All-New Comics #2 (Harvey). Judy Allen and Rocky Ford are partners
in a detective agency, although Ford is chauvanistic enough to try
to keep Judy out of the way on cases. What he doesn't know is that
Allen is in reality the heroine the Black Orchid. Likewise she's
unaware that the hero the Scarlet Nemesis who she frequently works
with is Ford.
||Black Owl (I & II):
1940 & 42/43, Prize Comics. Bored Playboy Doug Danville first adopted
the identity of K, the Unknown. After one outing, he became the
Black Owl and frequently helped his private investigator girl friend
on cases. Deciding to go into the service over seas, he passed his
Black Owl identity to Walt Walters who had recently discovered his
sons were the kid heroes Yank & Doodle and decided to use the Owl
identity to keep watch over them. Walters developed a flying owl-ship
to aide him in his battles against crime. Note: his flying
ship is very similar to the later Ted Kord Blue Beetle's flying
bug. And Blue Beetle was used as inspiration for Nite Owl I & II
in Watchmen, and Nite Owl II had a flying owl-ship.
||Black Panther: 1941,
Stars & Stripes #3 (Centaur). Little is known today of this character.
But at the time of his one published case he was well-known enough
to be instantly recognized and feared by his foe. No known powers.
Black Phantom: 1948, Return of The Black Phantom (Vital
Pubs). In a dark business suit, gloves, and hooded cloak, Roy
Dare is the Black Phantom.NOTE: A small giveaway comic packaged
with Fleer bubblegum.
1941, Weird Comics #17 (Fox). Decked in black with mask, Jack Cody
is a modern western cowboy riding his horse Black Devil.
||Black Sheep Squadron:
1941, Air Fighters Comics #1 (Hillman). From battle torn countries
over the world come the men who make up the the toughest squadron
in the RAF of Britain. They are headed by the tough as nails Captain
1941, Yankee Comics #1 (Harry "A" Chesler). "A district attorney
during the daytime, Harold Flynn adopts the role of the dreaded
Black Satan for his nightly crusade against crime" runs the description
on the first page of his adventure. Interestingly he has a mustache
on the splash page but nowhere else. He carries a special gun that
can blind his foes.
1940, Super-Mystery Comics #3 (Ace). D.A. Ralph Nelson belongs to
that subset of mysterymen who are lawyers by day and costumed vigilantes
by night. His shtick is large black spiders he keeps to terrorize
crooks, because they are a cowardly and superstitious lot. He's
assisted by his secretary Peggy Dodge
1941, Exciting Comics #9 (Better Publications). Pharmacist Bob Benton
is inspired by the incredible strength of ants and invents a formula
of "formic ethers" that gives him superpowers. The Black Terror's
powers were the generic superstrength and being bullet proof though
susceptible to blows to the head. He uses these to fight crime and
the Axis powers. His sidekickTim Roland wears the same costume and
has the same powers. His girlfriend is Jean Starr. For most of the
characters' run, Tim was one of those sidekicks that seemed to go
by their real name. However, in his last outing (and his only sole
outing), he's known as Kid Terror and in Black Terror #24 he's referred to as the Terror Kid, though whether that was meant to be an actual name vs. a description as in "those meddling kids" is unclear. The character was briefly wonderfully
done by the team of Mort Meskin (Vigilante, Johnny Quick) and Jerry
Robbins (Batman). During that time, the duo showed no indication
||Black Terrors of Mexico: 1947, Black Terror #20 (Standard). In the little town of Teoquita, Mexico, Porfirio Juarez Rivera and Miguel are so inspired by a Black Terror film they found in a movie projector, that they decide to dress up as the Terror Twins to fight off and scare the desperados. Even though he has a mustache, talks with a Spanish accent and wears a sombrero, spurs and sash instead of a belt, and his sidekick has dark hair instead of blonde, they are mistaken for the real deal and reports bring the real Black Terror down to investigate. The duo's hearts are in the right place so they are allowed to keep their uniforms, with an admonition to be careful when they wear it, implying that they may continue in some capacity as the Mexican Black Terrors. NOTES: It's interesting to note, that in this story when the two duos confront some crooks, they claim they see FOUR Black Terrors, implying that Tim/Kid Terror is sometimes also called the Black Terror. I've covered faux-heroes in the villains side, bad guys that disguise themselves as the heroes, but it's the first I've found for this site, a faux-hero dressed as the hero in order to do good. And, this may be significant. The Batmen of All Nations/Club of Heroes wouldn't debut until 1955. So, this may indeed be the very first time that a story has a hero inspiring someone to take on a near-duplicate identity, especially one of another nation.
1944, Contact Comics #5 (Aviation Press). Mary Roche is a physical
therapist who puts on a costume to go after crooks who pick wounded
and disabled veterans. She's a good fighter and ace pilot with her
own special plane.
1941, Catman Comics #1 (Holyoke). After the murder of her husband, Linda Masters adopts the identity to hunt criminals. She carries and uses a gun.
British commandoes dressed head to toe in black costumes. There
are at least 9 agents as the one story I've read deals with agents
5 & 9.
Captain Battle #1 (Comic House Publications). Basil Brusiloff is
a scientist in Belgrade when his lab is bombed by the Nazis leaving
his body pitch black and with fantastic powers. While some sources
claim he becomes covered in hair, but the text makes it clear that
it's just his skin that has been darkened. The hair seen in some
of the artwork could be just as easily his own body hair.
1942, Catman #10 (Holyoke). Jack Wayne is a more conventional hero
than his English namesake. He and Pop Simms are American correspondents in Germany when they are taken by the Gestapo for questioning. Tortured with a whip, Pop is killed and Jack is scarred and blinded. He fights his way free and a kindly hunchback takes him to see Dr. Dismal and his secret laboratory underneath Gestapo headquarters. Despite his super-villain style name, Dismal ascertains that the reporter's optic nerves aren't totally dead and manufactures special goggles that allow him to see by magnifying the light into his eyes. He finds that Dismal is the head of a German Underground, victims and native Germans who hate the Nazis. Dismal must wear a metal skull cap as his skull had been shattered while the hunchback had also been a victim of the Gestapo's whips which left his face with a perpetual tortured smile. Jack Wayne stays with them and the rest of the Underground as a nemesis of the night, the hero Blackout. Later, it's called the Underground Society with Blackout as one of the chiefs and top operatives. In issue #22, when he confronts Baron Von Richtofen II, he claims to have flown with his father in WWI FOR Germany and his father was an honorable man unlike junior who took joy in gunning down women and children.
Blake: 1940, Whirlwind Comics #1 (Nita).Super-sleuth of Scotland
||Blanda: 1940, Miracle Comics #1 (Hillman). Blanda is "the Jungle Queen."
1941, Catman Comics #1 (Holyoke). "When the famous fire chief `Smoky'
Baylor is killed in an incendiary fire...his son vows vengeance
and dedicates his life to the task of tracking down all who profit
from the crime of arson." Blaze does this with a fireproof and bulletproof
costume and a special "gun" that is both flamethrower
and fire-extinguisher. He's also helped by his assistant Chuck, a taxi driver.
1939, Champion Comics #2 (Harvey). Archaeologist Walt Worthington
discovers a magical blazing scarab in a hidden tomb in Egypt and
it gives him superpowers.. Walt's servant is a racist stereotype
1940, Colossus Comics #1 (Funnies). Blond Garth is a one of those
popular Tarzan clones, this time apparently in the South Seas.
1939, Mystery Men Comics #1 (Fox). When rookie cop Dan Garrett is
gunned down, a mysterious Dr. Franz decides to help save his life
by injecting him with a super vitamin 2-X. In addition to the vitamin,
he gives him a bulletproof suit and Garrett moonlights as the Blue
Beetle. However, his partner has vowed to hunt down the Blue Beetle
(elements of an insect themed hero of another color). He later gains
a sidekick Sparky. Beetle's powers were originally of the generic
kind, but eventually he had almost any power the story demanded. His first costume was more pulp inspired, before taking on the more familiar chainmail hooded body suit.
||Blue Bolt: 1940,
Blue Bolt #1 (Funnies, Inc). One of the more convoluted origins,
Fred Parrish is a Harvard star football player and gets struck by
lightning. He then climbs into a plane to fly for help but crashes
in a valley inside the earth where he's brought into an underground
laboratory where a Dr. Bertoff explains that he survived due to
Bertoff's work and some "radium deposits". He now has the standard
superpowers joins the fight to stop the invasion of the forces of
the Green Sorceress, ruler of a rival underground kingdom. Over
time, he returns to the surface to fight crime and fight in the
war effort. He is eventually partnered with Lois Blake, who has
the same powers that Parrish does. In addition to his powers, he
uses a "lightning gun." Near the end of his run, he seems to have
given up the superhero lifestyle in favor of one as a soldier. He becomes a pilot in the Army. Oddly, it's under the name Blue Bolt and his rank is inconsistant as one story has him as a captain and a later story, he's a lieutenant. One
of, if not the, first teamings of Simon & Kirby, Blue Bolt's design
probably owes more to Simon at this point of their careers..
1944, Blue Circle Comics #1 (Rural Home Publishing). In Midtown, Len Stafford fights crime helped by the Blue Circle Council, made
of seven other "past masters in crime" who have received pardons for helping the Blue Circle out. Council members include Mike Tyler, expert in hijacking; Fixer, big time crooked gambler; Frank Craven, who now works at a bank; Saunders, who specialized in crimes similar to theft of a Rembrandt from a museum. As Stafford, he has full force privileges, an honorary member of the police.
||Blue Fire: 1940,
Wham #2, (Centaur). From an explosion, scientist Jack Knapp gets
the power to turn himself into a blue flaming human
1947, Captain Flight #11 (Four Stars). Another Human Torch riff,
we don't get an origin or name. When not on fire, he sorta looks
like a grown up Toro with a mustache,clad only in trunks and boots.
In his single adventure, he fights jewel thief S. Aitan, a pseudonym
for Satan perhaps?
Blue Lady: 1941, Amazing-Man Comics #24 (Centaur). Lucille
Martin, an adventurous novelist, was returning from a trip to
China when she came into possession of a special Oriental blue
bird ring. Accidentally releasing and breathing in some gas from
the ring, she gained various super-powers and became a mystery-woman
helping out her fiance Larry Grant
As the Blue Lady, she has many powers, able to appear and disappear
in a mist (and use the mist to hide her), super strength and invulnerability,
though vulnerable to gasses.
||Blue Streak (I):
1940, Crash Comics #1 (Holyoke). "Defender of the People" and the
"self-appointed foe of ruthless dictators" Don-Vin goes about his
business with the aid of his oriental chauffeur and friend Tago.
||Blue Streak (II):
1945, Headline Comics #13 (Prize). Jim Dare is an aeralist. When
gangsters kill his son, he uses his skills to become the Blue Streak
to track them down. An interesting turn of events, his acrobatic
skills are to the degree that people at one time assume he can fly.
||Bob and Bill:
1940, Crackajack Funnies #26 (Dell). "...the Scout twins when exploring
a great cave were caught in an underground landslide and carried
to a strange world of giants and very tiny people below the Earth's
||Bogey Man: 1945,
Red Band Comics #1 (Enwil). The Bogeyman is a Spirit riff with the
addition of a mustache. In reality, he's Kendall Richards, a mystery
writer who is such a big help to the police that gangster Rusty
Blade decides to rub him out. Richards proves too tough for Blade's
thugs, but they manage to swipe his manuscript for his next book
which includes how to commit the perfect murder. Of course Blade
has his thugs follow it. Richards knows what's coming so manages
to avoid death but without the gangsters realizing it. So he adopts
the id of the Bogey Man to take on the Blade and his thugs.
Boy Comics #3 (Lev Gleason). On the planet Mars, the god Mars has
grown disgusted with the Nazis who have turned war into a mindless
slaughter. Impressed with the skill and bravery of his son, Bombshell,
he sends his son to Earth knowing that once he's made the trip he
cannot return. He sometimes teams up with Young Robin Hood. He has
a magic sword which won't harm humans but will cut through most
anything else and an indestructible shield. While we are supposed
to believe that it's the god Mars, the story reads as if this Mars
is a king of a civilization on Mars.
Boomerang (I): 1944, Terrific Comics #2 (Et-Es-Go Magazines).
Lloyd Raleigh joins U.S. Army Intelligence as a captain where
he undertakes special missions against the Axis powers. He is
also secretly the Boomerang, a man incredibly gifted with the
use of the weapon of that name. His girlfriend Diana finds out
his secret identity and reveals she was England's champion archer
before the war. Not long before she adopts a similar costume to
his and is skewering foes with arrows but goes by her regular
The Bouncer #11 (Fox). Sculptor Adam Antaeas, Jr. creates a statue
of the Greek "god" Antaeus that magically comes to life when danger
threatens. When that happens both Adam and the statue possess super-strength
and the ability to bounce like a rubber ball, knocking opponents
out. Llike the mythical Antaeus who was vulnerable when separated
from the earth, the duo are vulnerable when in mid-bounce.
||Boy Explorers: 1946,
Boy Explorers Comics #1 (Harvey). Mister Zero, Gashouse, Smiley
and Gadget are orphans, one from America and three from European
countries. They travel around the world in a Yankee Clipper skippered
by their pal, the short grizzled redhead Commodore Sinbad. They
have no powers but are doughty adventurers nonetheless.
1943/44 All-New Comics #6 (Harvey). Another kid-gang, this time
it's Corny, Punchy, Trigger, and Prince (an actual Dutch prince)
who decide to join together to help the war effort.
1943, Clue Comics #1 (Hillman). Centuries ago, Nostrodamus creates
the "Giant", a large statue, as a secret weapon for the
defense of Swisslakia. When Nazis invade and kill the ruling king,
young prince David activates the statue which comes to some semblance
of life. Boy King and the Giant take a boatload of surviving Swisslakians
to America from where he'll help fight the Germans, one of his chief
foes, the Crane. In America, he comes across his twin brother Muggsy,
a leader of Hell's Kitchen gang of children. Boy King is not averse
to using a gun or knife if the situation demands it but he's good
with his fists in a fight.
1943, Clue Comics #1 (Hillman). In matching sweat shirts, Jackie
Law along with Buck, Corny, Froggy, and Gorilla were the Boy Rangers.
On occassion, they also made use of a giant robot that they controlled
Bradley: 1939, Amazing Man #5 (Centaur). Slim is a heroic forest
ranger at Spearhead National Forest keeping order astride his horse
Buck. The strip's setting manages to combine the sensibilities of
the Old West with the modern day.
||Joe Brailey: 1936 Funny Picture Stories v1#1 (Centaur). Joe Brailey travels the world in search of adventure.
||Boom Boom Brannigan:
1944, Prize Comics #44 (Prize). Professor Dennis "Boom Boom"
Brannigan is an adventurous boxer
1940, Fight Comics #1 (Fiction House). Shark is a soldier of fortune
working about the South Seas.
1945/46? Blue Beetle 42 & 44 (Fox). Major Randy Ronald is an ace
of aces whose face was marred when escaping from the enemy and is
presumed dead by the general public. In reality he goes around wearing
the impassive bronze mask and waging war against injustice. An interesting
gimick, the artist never drew his face front on unobstructed unless
he was wearing the mask.
1941, Daredevil Comics #2 (Lev Gleason). Apache Jeff Dixon returns
to the reservation after graduating from law school. Finding his
father has been framed for murder, he puts on a horrific costume
to fight against injustice. His girlfriend is Lily, also a Native
American. In keeping with the title, they are colored more of a
yellowish color ala Asians of the time than the deep red usually
used for Indians.
1940, Prize Comics #1 (Prize). Buck Brady is an FBI agent. His first
published case pitted him against his counterfeiter brother.
||Jack Bradley: 1945, Red Circle Comics #1 (Enwil/Rural). Naval commander of a Destroyer and mine squadron, he fights the War in the South Seas
1941, Super-Mystery Comics vol 2, 1. Seeking to inspire his students, Principal
Robert Blake wears a blue (!) buckskin costume and mask. Trained
by his ex-Indian Scout grandfather, Buckskin is really good pretty
much at everything. Buckskin is sometimes helped by his pet eagle, Talon and the Liberty Club, a group of youths.
1941, Spitfire Comics #1 (Harvey). Hank and Pudge, are colonist
lads during the Revolutionary War.
1943, Prize Comics (Hillman). The Bulldog is really Denny Dunsan,
a relative (descendent?) of Dr. Frankenstein, who tries to capture
or destroy the monster. To this end he even once recruited the help
of the Green Lama, Black Owl, Yank & Doodle, Dr. Frost, and the
General and Corporal (a comedy duo).. His power is to gain the tenacity
of ten bulldogs.
1940, Target Comics #1 (Funnies, Inc) . "Bull's-Eye" Bill Target
is your typical cowboy hero, capable in shooting riding, and fighting.
His adventures take place in the present day, instead of the Old
1940, Crash Comics #1 (Tem Publishing). Buck Burke is a zoologist
and a live game trapper ala "Bring 'Em Back Alive". Naturally
he works in Africa where he confronts all sorts of injustices.
||Detective Sgt. Burke:
1940, Startling Comics #1 (Standard).
1940, Wings Comics #1 (Fiction House). "Powder" and his pal Sven are pilots and adventurers.
||"Rip" Burns: 1936 Funny Picture Stories v1#4(Centaur). Rip Burns is the "Ranger Detective". He has a way with the animals but he's helped by his dog/wolf named Rascal.
Byrd: 1940, Target Comics #1 (Funnies, Inc). "Lucky Byrd is
a flying cadet at Randolph Field, Texas...our "West Point of the