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First appearance of Fawcett's Captain Marvel. A character who would rival DC's flagship character Superman in the 1940's until being acquired by DC in the decades to come.

1940Edit

1941Edit

1942Edit

1943Edit

  • January - The character Captain Triumph is debuted by Alfred Andriola.
  • February - The first Brainwave was debuted by Gardner Fox and Joe Gallagher. The first Sabbac is debuted by Otto Binder and Al Carreno. The fourteenth of the Superman theatrical animated short series would be released.
  • March - The fifteenth of the Superman theatrical animated short series would be released.
  • April - The character Alfred Beagle was debuted by Bob Cameron and Bob Kane. The characters Tweedledum and Tweedledee were debuted by Bob Kane, Don Cameron and Jerry Robinson.
  • May - The first usage of the name Superwoman was debuted by Jerry Siegel and George Roussos. The sixteenth of the Superman theatrical animated short series would be released.
  • June / July - The object Kryptonite first appeared publicly in radio. The character Doctor Psycho was debuted by William Moulton Marston and H. G. Peter. The first Crime Doctor is debuted by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Batman film serial was released. The seventeenth of the Superman theatrical animated short series would be released.
  • September- The first Toyman is debuted by Don Cameron and Ed Dobrotka.
  • Autumn / October - The first Cheetah was debuted by William Moulton Marston and H. G. Peter. The character Uncle Marvel is debuted by Otto Binder and Mark Swayze. The first Thinker is debuted by Gardner Fox and E.E. Hibbard.
  • November - The first Cavalier was debuted by Don Cameron and Bob Kane.
  • Winter - The character Zara was debuted by William Moulton Marston. The character Vandal Savage was debuted by Alfred Bester and Martin Nodell.

1944Edit

  • February / Spring - The character Mister Mxyzptlk that was debuted by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster would see print in comic strips before his actual first printed appearance. The character Queen Clea was debuted by William Moulton Morston.
  • May / June - DC's representation of the mythological god Zeus was debuted by George Pérez.
  • Summer - The character Giganta was debuted by William Moulton Morston. The character Gambler was debuted by Henry Kuttner and Martin Nodell.
  • Autumn - The character Eviless was debuted by William Moulton Morston.
  • October - The character Solomon Grundy was debuted by Alfred Bester and Paul Reinman.
  • December - The character Hypnota was debuted by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter. The first Psycho-Pirate was debuted by Gardner Fox and Joe Gallagher.

1945Edit

  • January / February - Superman's early life as a boy is depicted by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and Don Cameron.
  • April - The character Monocle was debuted by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert.
  • December - The character Black Adam was debuted by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck.
  • Winter - The first Turtle was debuted by Gardner Fox and Martin Nyadell.

1946Edit

1947Edit

  • January / February - The character Tommy Tomorrow was debuted by Jack Schiff, George Kashdan, Bernie Breslauer, Virgil Finlay and Howard Sherman. The first Peter Porkchops story was debuted.
  • April - The character Wizard was debuted by Gardner Fox and Irwin Hasen.
  • May / June / July - The first Sportsmaster was debuted by John Broome and Irwin Hasen. The name Wonder Girl was debuted. The Vigilante film serial was debuted. The character Tomahawk was debuted by Joe Samachson and Edmund Good. The character Per Degaton was debuted by John Brown and Irwin Hasen.
  • August - The first Black Canary was debuted by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino. The first Huntress was debuted by Mort Meskin and Roy Thomas.
  • September - The first Harlequin was debuted by Robert Kanigher and Irwin Hasen.
  • October - The character Gentleman Ghost was debuted by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert. The first Icicle was debuted by Robert Kanigher and Irwin Hasen.
  • November - The first Rose / Thorn was debuted by John Broome and Carmine Infantino.
  • December - The character Tawky Tawny was debuted by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck. The first Star Sapphire was debuted by Robert Kanigher and Lee Elias. (Or January 1938) The first Fiddler was debuted by Robert Kanigher and Lee Elias. (Or January 1938)

1948Edit

  • January / February / March / April - Western Comics series was debuted. Superman film serial was released. The character Larry Lance was debuted by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino. Leave It to Binky series was debuted. The team Villainy Inc. was debuted by William Moulton Morston and Harry G. Peter.
  • June - The character Merry was debuted by Otto Binder and Win Mortimer.
  • August - The character Johnny Thunder was debuted by Alex Toth and Robert Kanigher.
  • September / October - The character Nighthawk was debuted by Joe Millard and Charles Paris. The characters Vicki Vale and Mad Hatter were debuted by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Lew Sayre Schwartz. The character Riddler was debuted by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang. Congo Bill serial was released.
  • December - The first Evil Star was debuted by John Broome and Irwin Hasen.

1949Edit

  • February - The first Reverse-Flash was debuted by John Broome and Joe Kubert.
  • March / April - The series Superboy was debuted.
  • May / June - The fictional town of Smallville was debuted. Batman and Robin serial was debuted.
  • August / September / October - The series Heart Throbs was debuted by Quality Comics. The series Girls' Love Stories was debuted. The character Pow Wow Smith was debuted by Don Cameron and Carmine Infantino. The character Circe was debuted by Robert Kanigher and Harry G. Peter.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Flash Comics at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1940s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. DC shattered the sound barrier with the debut of the Flash, a blindingly fast mystery man written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Harry Lampert.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 30: "Flash Comics scored a third hit with Johnny Thunder, star of a humorous feature about a boy raised in the distant land of Badhnisia and blessed with the ability to raise an all-powerful, genie-like Thunderbolt."