Friends and neighbors:

As most of you know, I am writing a book about journalists in comic books. It's a riff on my Master's thesis. It's kinda fun, and I want to share that, since it's consuming all my time. I think maybe you guys would like to be in on the conversation in my head.

I know some of you have done books on your own, and haven't asked any help here. I acknowledge that, and am not asking for help myself.

I just think it will be fun.

So, do you guys want to go on this journey with me? Sure, you all get credit in the Foreword.

But the first question is ... do you want to play? If not, I'll continue to toil in darkness.

Let me know, Legionnaires!

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That's an interesting point that hadn't occurred to me, Philip. I don't know what the delay was.

If I had to guess, I'd say that horror was already present in comics before 1947, just not segregated into specific, genre-oriented issues. There were horror strips, like "Frankenstein," in the anthology books pretty much from the beginning. There was a lot of black magic in the jungle books, so much that content from Rulah and Jo-Jo comics was repackaged as horror books in the early '50s (Terrifying Tales and Terrors of the Jungle). Some of the "true crime" books (which began in 1942) had some crimes that were pretty gory. Pretty much everything by Fletcher Hanks or Basil Wolverton was horror, whatever the genre was that they were nominally working in. Joe Simon is on record saying that he thought Captain America Comics was a horror book from its 1941 outset. It just wasn't until Eerie Comics (or, as I contend, Spook Comics) that someone put out an all-horror book that was its own genre and nothing else.

It's worth mentioning that the first ongoing horror book (if you don't count Captain America!) .was also in 1947, ACG's Adventures into the Unknown. And it was pretty weak tea, compared to what was to come.

Maybe the answer is that the publishers were afraid of blowback. I just don't know.

This all sounds amazing!  Count me in Cap!

Captain, count me in.  Anything I can do to help.

OK, so I'm writing the chapter on pre-Superman reporters. Actually re-writing it for about the jillionth time, because I keep changing my outline as facts on the ground frustrate my attempts to force a narrative on history.

Where I'm currently standing is a straight chronological approach. But there's that huge break and do-over in 1955 to deal with. So I guess I'll do various genres in their entirety except for the ones that change over time, long after 1955. That is to say, I could do all of jungle comics from 1934 to present in a single chapter. but stuff like the Daily Planet has "eras" which probably require multiple chapters dropped into the timeline. I'm still letting those thoughts knock around my noggin while I go ahead and get some chapters written. I'll figure out the order and transitions later.

As to pre-Superman, I've learned a few things. 1934 is nothing but Famous Funnies, by Eastern printing. It's joined by New Fun in 1935, and New Comics at the end of 1935, by National Allied Publications, the precursor to DC. So it's all Eastern and DC for the first two years.

New Fun become More Fun, and then More Fun Comics. New Comics becomes New Adventure Comics, and then Adventure Comics. This gives me a headache sometimes.

1936 is when things start getting interesting. Dell jumps in with Popular Comics, and King Features Syndicate trots out King Comics and Feature Comics. To keep things straight, I built a list of all the comics published before Action Comics #1 in June 1938 -- well, all the ones I found out about. There could be more lurking out there.

I also made a list of all the reporters I could find before Clark Kent, and added THEM to this list. Again, this is just what I've been able to find -- my fear is that there are important ones out there that I'm simply not hip to.

But here's what I found:

1933

Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics (Eastern Color)

1934

Famous Funnies: Series 1 (Dell)

 

JULY 1934

Famous Funnies #1 (Eastern Color)

  • Donnie Dare, Demon Reporter

 

SEPTEMBER 1934

Famous Funnies #2  (Eastern Color Printing)

  • Jane Arden

 

OCTOBER 1934

Famous Funnies #3 (Eastern Color Printing)

  • Jane Arden

 

NOVEMBER 1934

☐ Famous Funnies #4 (Eastern Color Printing)

  • Jane Arden

 

DECEMBER 1934

Famous Funnies #5 (Eastern Color Printing)

  • Jane Arden

 

1935

Favorite Comics #1-3 (Eastern Color, 1935)

 

JANUARY 1935

Famous Funnies #6: Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

 

FEBRUARY 1935

Famous Funnies #7 : Eastern Color, February

  • Jane Arden

 New Fun Comics #1 : National Allied Publications

 

MARCH 1935

☐ Famous Funnies #8 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

New Fun Comics #2 - National Allied Publications

 

APRIL 1935

Famous Funnies #9 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

New Fun Comics #3 - National Allied Publications

 

MAY 1935

Famous Funnies #10 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

New Fun Comics #4 - National Allied Publications

 

JUNE 1935

Famous Funnies #11 - Eastern Color

 

JULY 1935

Famous Funnies #12 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

 

AUGUST 1935

Famous Funnies #13 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

New Fun Comics #5 - National Allied Publications

 

SEPTEMBER 1935

Famous Funnies #14 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

 

OCTOBER 1935

Famous Funnies #15 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

New Fun Comics #6 (becomes More Fun)

 

NOVEMBER 1935

The Big Book of Fun Comics #1 (DC)

Famous Funnies #16 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

 

DECEMBER 1935

Famous Funnies #17 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

New Comics #1 - National Allied

 

1936

☐ Butterfly Comics #1-4 (Dell, 1936)

New Book of Comics #1 (DC, 1936)

Feature Book [nn] (Popeye)

Feature Book [nn] (Dick Tracy)

 

JANUARY 1936

☐ Famous Funnies #18 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

More Fun #7 - (previously New Fun Comics

New Comics #2 - National Periodical Publications

 

FEBRUARY 1936

Famous Funnies #19 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

More Fun #8 - National Periodical Publications (becomes More Fun Comics)

  • Click Allen

New Comics #3 - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #1 - Dell Comics

 

MARCH 1936

Big Book of Fun Comics #1 – (all reprints from New Fun) National Periodical Publications

Famous Funnies #20 - Eastern Color

  • * Jane Arden

More Fun Comics #9 - (previously More Fun) National Periodical Publications, cover dated "Mar-April"

New Comics #4 (Mar/Apr 36)

  • Untitled Ramblin’ Jim, 2 pages. Click Allen introduced.

Popular Comics #2 - Dell Comics

 

APRIL 1936

Famous Funnies #21 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

King Comics #1 - David McKay Publications

Popular Comics #3 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #1 - United Features: first comic book appearance of Tarzan

 

MAY 1936

The Comics Magazine #1 — Comics Magazine Company

Famous Funnies #22 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

☐ King Comics #2 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics #10

  • Click Allen

☐ Popular Comics #4 - Dell Comics

 

JUNE 1936

The Comics Magazine #2 — Comics Magazine Company

Famous Funnies #23 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

King Comics #3 - David McKay Publications

New Comics #5 - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #5 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #2 - United Features

 

JULY 1936

The Comics Magazine (Funny Pages) #3 — Comics Magazine Company

Famous Funnies #24 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

☐ King Comics #4 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics #11 - National Periodical Publications

New Comics #6 - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #6 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #3 - United Features

 

AUGUST 1936

The Comics Magazine #4 — Comics Magazine Company

Famous Funnies #25 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

King Comics #5 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics #12 - National Periodical Publications

New Comics #7 - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #7 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #4 - United Features

 

SEPTEMBER 1936

☐ The Comics Magazine #5 — Comics Magazine Company

Famous Funnies #26 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

King Comics #6 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics #13 - National Periodical Publications

New Comics #8 (Sep 36)

  • Jean Dennis in "Federal Men"

Popular Comics #8 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #5 - United Features

 

OCTOBER 1936

Famous Funnies #27 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

The Funnies #1 (Dell Comics)

King Comics #7 - David McKay Publications

 ☐ More Fun Comics #14 - National Periodical Publications

New Comics #9 - National Periodical Publications

  • Jean Dennis

 ☐ Popular Comics #9 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #6 - United Features

 

NOVEMBER 1936

Famous Funnies #28 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

☐ The Funnies #2 - Dell Comics

☐ Funny Pages #6 — Comics Magazine Company

☐ Funny Picture Stories v1 #1 — Comics Magazine Company. This issue also marks the debut of The Clock by George Brenner.

☐ King Comics #8 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics #15 - National Periodical Publications

New Comics #10 - National Periodical Publications

  • Jean Dennis

Popular Comics #10 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #7 - United Features

 

DECEMBER 1936

Daisy Comics (Eastern)

Detective Picture Stories #1 — Comics Magazine Company

Famous Funnies #29 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

☐ Flash Gordon Strange Adventure Magazine #1. It folds after only one issue.

The Funnies #3 - Dell Comics

☐ Funny Pages #7 — Comics Magazine Company

☐ Funny Picture Stories v1 #2 — Comics Magazine Company

☐ King Comics #9 - David McKay Publications

☐ More Fun Comics #16 - National Periodical Publications

☐ New Comics #11 - National Periodical Publications

☐ Popular Comics #11 - Dell Comics

☐ Tip Top Comics #8 - United Features

 

1937

☐ 100 Pages of Comics #101 (Dell)

☐ New Book of Comics #2 (Spr 37, DC)

☐ Drums of Doom (United Feature)

 

JANUARY 1937

☐ Detective Picture Stories #2 — Comics Magazine Company

☐ Famous Funnies #30 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

The Funnies #4 - Dell Comics

Funny Picture Stories v1 #3 — Comics Magazine Company

King Comics #10 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics #17 - National Periodical Publications

☐ New Adventure Comics #12 -  (previously New Comics) National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #12 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #9 - United Features

 

FEBRUARY 1937

Detective Picture Stories #3 — Comics Magazine Company

Famous Funnies #31 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

The Funnies #5 - Dell Comics

Funny Pages #8 — Comics Magazine Company

Funny Picture Stories v1 #4 — Comics Magazine Company

King Comics #11 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics #18 - National Periodical Publications

☐ New Adventure Comics v2 #1[13] - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #13 - Dell Comics

Star Comics #1 – Chesler/Dynamic

Star Ranger #1 – Chesler/Dynamic

☐ Tip Top Comics #10 - United Features

Western Picture Stories #1 – Comics Magazine Company

 

MARCH 1937

The Comics #1 (Dell Comics)

Detective Comics #1 - Detective Comics Inc.

Famous Funnies #32 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

The Funnies #6 - Dell Comics

Funny Pages #9 — Comics Magazine Company

Funny Picture Stories v1 #5 — Comics Magazine Company

King Comics #12 - David McKay Publications

☐ More Fun Comics #19 - National Periodical Publications

  • Michael debuts in "Sandra of the Secret Service"

 ☐ New Adventure Comics v2 #2[14]

  • Last Click Allen

Popular Comics #14 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #11 - United Features

Western Picture Stories #2 - Comics Magazine Company

 

APRIL 1937

Ace Comics #1 - David McKay Publications

The Comics #2 - Dell Comics

Detective Comics #2 - DC Comics

Detective Picture Stories #5 — Comics Magazine Company

☐ Famous Funnies #33 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

The Funnies #7 - Dell Comics

Funny Pages #10 — Comics Magazine Company

Funny Picture Stories v1 #6 — Comics Magazine Company

King Comics #13 - David McKay Publications

Popular Comics #15 - Dell Comics

Star Comics #2 – Chesler/Dynamic

Star Ranger #2 – Chesler/Dynamic

☐ Tip Top Comics #12 - United Features

Western Action Thrillers #1 (Dell)

Western Picture Stories #3 - Comics Magazine Company

 

MAY 1937

Ace Comics (1937 series) #2 - David McKay Publications

The Comics #1 - Dell Comics

Detective Comics #3 - DC Comics

☐ Famous Funnies #34 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

Feature Book #1 – (King of the Royal Mounted) David McKay Publications

The Funnies #8 - Dell Comics

King Comics #14 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics v2 #8[20]

  • Michael

New Adventure Comics v2 #3[15] - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #16 - Dell Comics

Star Comics #3 – Chesler/Dynamic

Star Ranger #3 – Chesler/Dynamic

Tip Top Comics #13 - United Features

 

JUNE 1937

Ace Comics (1937 series) #3 - David McKay Publications

Detective Comics #4 - DC Comics

Famous Funnies #35 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

Feature Book #2 – (Popeye) David McKay Publications

The Funnies #9 - Dell Comics

Funny Pages #11 — Comics Magazine Company

Funny Picture Stories #7 - Centaur Publications

King Comics #15 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics v2 #9[21]

  • Michael

New Adventure Comics v2 #4[16] - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #17 - Dell Comics

Star Comics #4 – Chesler/Dynamic

Star Ranger #4 – Chesler/Dynamic

Tip Top Comics #14 - United Features

Western Picture Stories #4 - Comics Magazine Company

 

JULY 1937

Ace Comics (1937 series) #4 - David McKay Publications

The Comics #4 - Dell Comics

Detective Comics #5 - DC Comics

☐ Famous Funnies #36 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

Feature Book #3 – (Popeye) David McKay Publications

The Funnies #10 - Dell Comics

King Comics #16 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics v2 #10[22]

  • Michael

New Adventure Comics v2 #5[17] - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #18 - Dell Comics

Star Comics #5 – Chesler/Dynamic

Star Ranger #5 – Chesler/Dynamic

Tip Top Comics #15 - United Features

 

AUGUST 1937

Ace Comics (1937 series) #5 - David McKay Publications

Detective Comics #6 - DC Comics

☐ Famous Funnies #37 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

Feature Book #4 – (Dick Tracy) David McKay Publications

The Funnies #11 - Dell Comics

King Comics #17 - David McKay Publications

 More Fun Comics v2 #11[23]

  • Michael

New Adventure Comics v2 #6[18] - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #19 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #16 - United Features

 

SEPTEMBER 1937

Ace Comics (1937 series) #6 - David McKay Publications

The Comics #5 - Dell Comics

Detective Comics #7 - DC Comics

Famous Funnies #38 - Eastern Color

  • Jane Arden

Feature Book #5 – (Popeye) David McKay Publications

The Funnies #12 - Dell Comics

Funny Pages v2 #1 — Ultem

Funny Picture Stories v2 #1 - Ultem

King Comics #18 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics v2 #12[24]

  • Michael

New Adventure Comics v2 #7[19] - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #20 - Dell Comics

Star Comics #6 – Chesler/Dynami

Star Ranger #6 – Chesler/Dynamic

Tip Top Comics #17 - United Features

OCTOBER 1937

Ace Comics (1937 series) #7 - David McKay Publications

Detective Comics (1937 series) #8 - DC Comics

Famous Funnies #39 - Eastern Color

Feature Book #6 – (Dick Tracy) David McKay Publications

Feature Funnies (1937 series) #1 - Comic Favorites, Inc.

The Funnies #13 - Dell Comics

Funny Pages v2 #2 — Ultem

Funny Picture Stories V.2 #2 - Centaur Publications

King Comics #19 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics v3 #1[25]

  • Michael

New Adventure Comics v2 #8[20] - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #21 - Dell Comics

Star Comics #7 – Ultem

Star Ranger #7 – Ultem

Tip Top Comics #18 - United Features

 

NOVEMBER 1937

Ace Comics (1937 series) #8 - David McKay Publications

Detective Comics #9 - DC Comics

Famous Funnies #40 - Eastern Color

Feature Book #7 – (Little Orphan Annie) David McKay Publications

Feature Funnies (1937 series) #2 - Comic Favorites, Inc.

The Funnies #14 - Dell Comics

Funny Pages v2 #3 — Ultem

Funny Picture Stories V.2 #3 - Centaur Publications

King Comics #20 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics #26 - National Periodical Publications

New Adventure Comics v2 #9[21] - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #22 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #19 - United Features

 

DECEMBER 1937

Ace Comics (1937 series) #9 - David McKay Publications

Detective Comics #10 - DC Comics

Famous Funnies #41 - Eastern Color

Feature Book #8 – (Secret Agent X-9) David McKay Publications

Feature Funnies (1937 series) #3 - Comic Favorites, Inc.

The Funnies #15 - Dell Comics

Funny Pages v2 #4 — Ultem

Funny Picture Stories V.2 #4 - Centaur Publications

King Comics #21 - David McKay Publications

More Fun Comics #27 - National Periodical Publications 

New Adventure Comics v2 #10[22] - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #23 - Dell Comics

Star Comics #8 – Ultem

Star Ranger #8 – Ultem

Tip Top Comics #20 - United Features

 

SPECIALS

New Book of Comics  #1 - National Periodical Publications

Single Series #1 (United Feature) Captain and the Kids reprints

 

1938

JANUARY 1938

Ace Comics (1937 series) #10 - David McKay Publications

Detective Comics #11 - DC Comics

Famous Funnies (1934 series) #42 - Eastern Color Printing

Feature Book #9 (Dick Tracy) David McKay

Feature Funnies (1937 series) #4 - Comic Favorites, Inc.

Funny Pages v2 #5 – Ultem

The Funnies #16 (Dell)

King Comics #22 – David McKay

More Fun Comics #28 (Jan 38)

  • Michael is back

New Adventure Comics (1937 series) #23 - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #24 - Dell Comics

Star Comics #9 – Ultem

Star Ranger #9 – Ultem

Tip Top Comics #21 - United Features

 

FEBRUARY 1938

Ace Comics (1937 series) #11 - David McKay Publications

The Comics #6 - Dell Comics

Detective Comics (1937 series) #12 - DC Comics

Famous Funnies (1934 series) #43 - Eastern Color Printing

Feature Book #10 – (Popeye) David McKay

Feature Funnies (1937 series) #5 - Comic Favorites, Inc.

The Funnies #17 (Dell)

King Comics #23 – David McKay

More Fun Comics #29 (Feb 38)

  • Michael

New Adventure Comics (1937 series) #24 - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #25 - Dell Comics

Tip Top Comics #22 - United Features

 

MARCH 1938

Ace Comics (1937 series) #12 - David McKay Publications

Detective Comics (1937 series) #13 - DC Comics

Famous Funnies (1934 series) #44 - Eastern Color Printing

Feature Book #11 – (Annie Rooney) David McKay

Funny Pages v2 #6 – Centaur

Feature Funnies (1937 series) #6 - Comic Favorites, Inc.

The Funnies #18 (Dell)

King Comics #24 – David McKay

More Fun Comics #30 (Mar 38)

  • Michael

New Adventure Comics (1937 series) #25 - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #26 - Dell Comic

Star Comics v1 #10 – Centaur

Star Ranger #10 – Centaur

Tip Top Comics #23 - United Features

 

APRIL 1938

Ace Comics (1937 series) #13 - David McKay Publications

The Comics #7 - Dell Comics

Comics on Parade #1 (United Feature)

Detective Comics #14 - DC Comics

Feature Book #12 – (Blondie) David McKay

Famous Funnies (1934 series) #45 - Eastern Color Printing

Feature Funnies (1937 series) #7 - Comic Favorites, Inc.

Funny Pages v2 #7 – Centaur

The Funnies #19 (Dell)

King Comics #25 – David McKay

Popular Comics #27 - Dell Comics

Star Comics v1 #11 – Centaur

Star Ranger v1 #11 – Centaur

Tip Top Comics #24 - United Features

 

MAY 1938

Ace Comics (1937 series) #14 - David McKay Publications

Comics on Parade #2 -

Detective Comics (1937 series) #15 - DC Comics

Famous Funnies (1934 series) #46 - Eastern Color Printing

Feature Book #13 – (Inspector Wade) David McKay

Feature Funnies (1937 series) #8 - Comic Favorites, Inc.

Funny Pages v2 #8 – Centaur

The Funnies #20 (Dell)

King Comics #26 – David McKay

More Fun Comics #31

  • Michael
  • Red Logan

New Adventure Comics (1937 series) #26 - National Periodical Publications

Popular Comics #28 - Dell Comics

Star Comics v1 #12 – Centaur

Star Ranger v1 #12 – Centaur

Tip Top Comics #25 - United Features

Yes, that's a huge list that I didn't need to make. I can't help it. It's the only way to be comprehensive.

Anyway, if anyone sees anything missing -- either title or some other journalist -- feel free to point it out!

You might be able to do a duel organization, some by chronology, and some by subject matter. I'm envisioning the chronological chapters labeled Chapter 1 (Date Range), Chapter 2 (Date Range), etc. 

And then, interspersed throughout, a second series of chapters that are unnumbered, and just named something like "FOCUS: The Daily Planet vs The Daily Bugle" or "FOCUS: Journalists in Wartime"* or whatever.  By not numbering the chapters, you can have as many as you like, intersperse them however you like, and can go broader with chronology while you zero in on subject matter. It'll give you more freedom to follow the material wherever it takes you.

*Speaking of Journalists in Wartime, be sure to check out Don Lomax's excellent Vietnam Journal books, about an embedded reporter in Vietnam. 

Fantastic advice, Rob! I'll give it a try!

As to Vietnam Journals, I'm slating that for a chapter on modern graphic novels that are by journalists and/or are some kind of reporting. I probably own a dozen, but the problem is that my GNs are basically in stacks on the floor because I ran out of bookshelf space years ago. So remembering them, and then finding them, is my problem! These are the ones I can think of that I own and need to find:

War-Fix

Fax from Sarajevo

Gene Bassett's Vietnam Sketches

Silk Road to Ruin by Ted Rall

Footnotes in Gaza, Palestine from Joe Sacco

Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations, Part One: 1783-1953 (maybe?)

Persepolis (maybe?)

More suggestions welcome!

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

You might be able to do a duel organization

P.S. While I know this is a typo, I still can't resist noting that this would be an organization with a rapidly shrinking membership, and no retirement plan.

One of my greatest terrors is that I'm going to leave out something so big and huge and obvious that it will destroy my credibility. In fact, when I first did a list of pre-Code super-types who were journalists in their secret identity, I was running through the alphabet and when I got to "F" I thought "Fox." Which I had forgotten. I FORGOT THE FOX!

So here's my list of super-characters who are journalists in their secret identities through 1955. If anybody sees something I forgot, please say something. BECAUSE I FORGOT THE FOX!

Black Fury I

Blackout

Blazing Skull (retconned as a reporter)

Bob Phantom

Captain Marvel

Captain Triumph

Chameleon

Commando Yank

Crimson Avenger

Dartman

Destroyer

Devil's Dagger

The Face

The Fox

Gargoyle

Ghost of the Deep

Green Hornet

Green Lantern

Grenade

Johnny Quick

Liberty Belle

Midnight

Miss America

Owl Girl

The Patriot

Phantom Bullet

Phantom Reporter

Press Guardian

Rag Man

Red Rube

Scarlet Phantom

Swiftarrow

Superman

The Sword (Chic Carter)

The Ray

Wasp

White Mask

There will be a separate list/chapter for girlfriends and sidekicks, and another one for unaffiliated civilian reporters. And I haven't started on my post-1955 list, if y'all want to contribute, here's a start:

POST-1955

Spider-Man

Venom

Ned Leeds (as Hobgoblin)

The Question

The Creeper

Roy Hobbes (who becomes a red-haired Thor)

Uh ...

Off the top of my head, I recall a Doll Man reprint where Martha Roberts became a reporter. Not sure if she was still one when she became Doll Girl. The Earth-One version from the 70s Freedom Fighters was definitely one!

Captain Comics said:

There will be a separate list/chapter for girlfriends and sidekicks, and another one for unaffiliated civilian reporters. And I haven't started on my post-1955 list, if y'all want to contribute, here's a start:

POST-1955

Spider-Man

Venom

Ned Leeds (as Hobgoblin)

The Question

The Creeper

Roy Hobbes (who becomes a red-haired Thor)

Uh ...

Carol Danvers, Jessica Jones, J. Jonah Jameson, Ben Urich, Jake Conover, Frederick Foswell, Steve Lombard, Faith Herbert, Barney Bushkin, Collin Thornton, Morgan Edge, Joe Robertson, Lex Luthor (he owned the Daily Planet for a while) ... that's off the top of my head.

Unless I'm remembering incorrectly, I think Ned Leeds was set up as the Hobgoblin but was actually innocent.

Doing a little research (for a change and this is the first part), there were other reporter heroes from each age:

The Golden Age adds:

  • Captain Freedom from Speed Comics (Harvey)
  • Fighting American (as a TV commentator)
  • London from Daredevil Comics another radio guy

From the Silver/Bronze Ages:

  • Captain Kentucky by Don Rosa
  • the Dragon from Atlas Comics
  • Elastic Lad, Jimmy Olsen's super-hero identity

I'll do some more digging when I can.

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