(Continued from The Heroic Age, Part One)

 

THE HEROIC AGE, PART TWO (A.D. 1941 - A.D. 1960)

A.D. 1941 

Character Debuts:

  • 711 (Daniel Dyce)
  • The All-American (Johnny Appleton)
  • The American Crusader (Archibald Masters)
  • Archie Andrews
  • Betty Cooper
  • The Black Condor (Richard Grey)
  • The Black Fox (Robert Paine)
  • Black Jack (Jack Jones)
  • The Black Marvel (Dan Lyons)
  • The  Black Terror (Robert Benton)
  • The Blazing Skull (Mark Todd)
  • The Blue Diamond (Elton Morrow)
  • Bucky (Bucky Barnes)
  • Bulletgirl (Susan Kent)
  • Captain America (Steve Rogers)
  • Captain Archibald Haddock
  • Captain Flag (Tom Townsend)
  • Captain Marvel Junior (Freddy Freeman)
  • Captain Midlands (Sid Ridley)
  • Captain Terror (Dan Kane)
  • Captain X (Buck Dare)
  • Cecil Turtle
  • The Challenger
  • The Clown (Nick Nolan)
  • The Conqueror (Daniel Lyons)
  • Dan the Dyna-Mite (Daniel Dunbar)
  • The Defender (Don Stevens)
  • The Destroyer ("Keen" Marlow)
  • Doctor Mid-Nite (Charles McNider)
  • The Eternal Flame
  • Father Time (Larry Scott)
  • The Fighting Yank (Bruce Carter III)
  • The Fin (Peter Noble)
  • The Fireball (Ted Tyler)
  • The Firebrand (Rod Reilly)
  • The Firebrand II (Danette Reilly)
  • The First American (Troy Todd)
  • Flagman (Major Hornet)
  • The Gentleman
  • The Great Defender ("Stormy" Foster)
  • The Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)
  • The Hangman II (Robert Dickering)
  • The Human Bomb (Roy Lincoln)
  • Inferno (Frank Verrano)
  • Jack Frost
  • The Jack O’Lantern
  • Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)
  • “Jughead” Jones
  • Just 'N' Right (Justin Wright)
  • Kangaroo Man (Jack Brian)
  • Lady Fairplay (Mary Lee)
  • Lady Satan
  • The Liberator (Nelson Drew)
  • The Liberty Belle (Libby Lawrence)
  • Man O'Metal (Pat Dempsey)
  • The Minute Man (Jack Weston)
  • Miss America (Joan Dale)
  • Miss Victory (Joan Wayne)
  • Mister Justice (Prince James of England)
  • Mister Liberty (John Liberty)
  • Mother Hubbard
  • Nelvana of the Northern Lights
  • The Phantom Lady (Sandra Knight)
  • Plastic Man ("Eel" O'Brien)
  • Power Princess (Claire Debussy)
  • Radio Man (Claude Kane Junior) (23)
  • The Ray (Ray Terrill)
  • Reggie Mantle
  • Rockman
  • The Shining Knight (Sir Justin)
  • The Silver Scorpion (Betty Barstow)
  • Speedy (Roy Harper)
  • Spider Queen (Shannon Kane)
  • Starman (Ted Knight)
  • The Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton III)
  • Stripesy (Pat Dugan)
  • The  Tarantula (Jonathan Law)
  • The Terror
  • The Thunderer (Jerry Carstairs)
  • TNT (Tex N.Thomas)
  • Uncle Sam
  • Veronica Lodge
  • The Vigilante (Greg Saunders)
  • The Wasp II (Dan Burton)
  • War Nurse (Pat Parker)
  • Wildfire (Carol Vance)
  • The Witness
  •  Wonder Woman (Diana Prince)
  • The Young Avenger (Bill Bryon)
  • The Zebra (John Doyle)

 

Team Debuts:

  • The All-Star Squadron (24)
  • The Blackhawks (25)
  • The Seven  Soldiers of Victory (26)

 

Events:

  • The Comet is killed in battle.
  • Tintin and his friends investigate a strange meteorite.
  • The Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler encounter an unusual child in wartime London.
  • Doug Phillips and Tony Newman are present at the Battle of Pearl Harbor.
  • The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond battle the Daleks on Earth. The Doctor warns the Time Lords of the existence of the new faction of Daleks. Subsequently, the Eleventh Doctor helps to reunite the Arwell family at Christmastime.
  • When her dissident boyfriend is killed, Yagihara Yukie goes to live on his parents' farm.
  • Richard and Kitty Russell have a child who has inherited Kitty's power of invisibility.
  • Frank Griffin, Jr. (living under the name "Frank Raymond") is approached by Axis agents seeking to obtain his uncle's invisibilty formula. Escaping from them, he offers his services to the U.S. Government. 

 

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A.D. 1942:

Character Debuts:

  • Airboy (David Nelson)
  • The Air Wave (Larry Jordan)
  • The Answer Man (Johnny “Genius” Jones)
  • Barnaby Baxter
  • The Blue Blade (Roy Chambers)
  • Captain Commando (John Grayson)
  • The Captain Marvel Bunny (Hoppy)
  • Captain Hurricane (Hercules Hurricane)
  • Citizen V (John Watkins)
  • Colonel Robert Hogan
  • Colonel Wilhelm Klink
  • Commando Yank (Chase Yale)
  • “Fearless” Fosdick
  • Fury (Helena Kosmatos)
  • Hawkgirl (Shiera Sanders)
  • The Heap (Baron von Emmelmann)
  • The Human Lantern (Jim Scott)
  • Kid Eternity (Christopher Freeman)
  • Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale
  • Lightning Girl (Isobel Blake),
  • The Manhunter (Dan Richards)
  • The Manhunter II (Paul Kirk)
  • The Marksman (Baron Povalski)
  • Mary Marvel (Mary Batson)
  • Miss America II (Madeleine Joyce)
  • Mister Terrific (Terry Sloane)
  • The Music Master (John Wallace)
  • The Patriot (Jeff Mace)
  • Pyroman (Richard Martin)
  • Rainbow Boy (Jay Watson)
  • Robotman (Robert Crane)
  • El Santo (Rodolfo Guzman Huerta)
  • Sergeant Frank Rock
  • Sergeant Jeb Stuart Smith
  • Sergeant Nicholas Fury
  • Spitfire (Jacqueline Falsworth)
  • The Steel Commando
  • The Thin Man (Bruce Dickson)
  • Union Jack II (Brian Falsworth)
  • The Vagabond (Pat Murphy)
  • The Web (John Raymond)
  • The Whizzer (Robert Frank)
  • Wildcat (Ted Grant)

 

Team Debut:

  • The Boy Commandos (27)
  • The Famous Five (27.1)

 

Events:

  • Tintin and his friends investigate a lost treasure.
  • Colonel Wilhelm Klink becomes Commandant of Stalag 13. The prisoners under his charge include Colonel Robert Hogan, Corporal Louis LeBeau, Corporal Peter Newkirk, Sergeant Ivan Kinchloe and Lieutenant Andrew Carter.
  • Lieutenant-Commander Quinton McHale assumes command of the PT73.
  • The demon Wormwood is sent to Earth as a Tempter, with little success.
  • Barnaby Baxter meets Jackeen J. O'Malley.
  • Frank Griffin, Jr. is dropped into Berlin to obtain information regarding a planned Axis sabotage campaign. He succeeds in this mission.
  • The cult of Ananka sends Turhan Bey and the mummy Kharis to Massachusetts to seek vengeance on Steve Banning and Babe Jensen. Banning's son John leads a counterattack and Bey is killed and Kharis apparently destroyed in a fire.

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A.D. 1943: 

Character Debuts:

  • Airmale (Kenneth Stevens)
  • Alfred Pennyworth
  • Andrea
  • The Boy King
  • Captain Keith Mallory
  • Captain Magnet (Johnny Calhoon)
  • Captain Tootsie
  • Captain Triumph (Lance and Michael Gallant)
  • Captain Wonder (Jeff Jordan)
  • Corporal Dusty Miller
  • The Golem (Yossi Stein)
  • Holly Golightly
  • Jetlad (Steven Traynor)
  • Lieutenant Andrew Stevens
  • Nightmare (Bob White)
  • Petty Officer Casey Brown
  • The Red Dragon (Bob Reed)
  • Sleepy (Terry Wake)
  • Stampy (Bobby Stevens)
  • Zippo (Joe Blair)

 

Team Debut:

  • The Five Find-Outers (27.2)
  • The Losers (28)

 

Events:

  • Kara Zor-El  is born in Argo City, a surviving fragment of Krypton.
  • The Seventh Doctor and Ace battle Fenric in England.
    Charles “Charlie” Brown is born.
    Tokyo Prefectural 49th Junior High School is renamed Tokyo Metropolitan 49th Junior High School.
    An unnamed aviator crashes in the Sahara Desert, where he meets a little prince who claims to have visited several asteroids.
    A vampire calling himself "Count Alucard" comes to America and marries Katherine Caldwell, turning her into a vampire. Katherine's family and friends battle Alucard, and Alucard and Katherine are destroyed.
  • Lieutenant Joseph Cable meets Ensihn Nellie Forbush while serving in the South Pacific.
  • Allied forces assault a German fortress on the Greek island of Navarone.

 

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A.D. 1944 

Character Debuts:

  • A. J. Maggott
  • The Barker (Clarence "Carnie" Calahan)
  • The Black Dwarf (Shorty Wilson)
  • The Bogey Man (Kendall Richards)
  • The Bouncer (Antaeus)
  • Captain Valiant (Bruce Barton)
  • Doctor Vampire (John Rogers)
  • The Dreamer (Kent Marlow)
  • The Flamingo (Moore Williams)
  • The Grim Reaper (Bill Norris)
  • Hellboy
  • J.P. Jiminez
  • Judomaster (Rip Jagger)
  • J. Wladislaw
  • Kismet
  • Mister X (Les Manners)
  • M. Vladek
  • Professor Tryphon Tournesol
  • The Puppeteer (Alan Hale)
  • R. Lever
  • R. T. Jefferson
  • S. Gilpin
  • S. K. Sawyer
  • S. Posey
  • The Terrific Whatzit (Merton McSnurtle)
  • The Torch of Liberty (Paul Gibney)
  • T. R. Bravos
  • The Viking Commando (Valoric)
  • V. L. Pinkley
  • V. R. Franko
  • Yankee Boy (Vic Martin)
  • Yellowjacket (Vince Harley)

 

Events:

  • Skeezix Wallet marries Nina Clock.
  • An alien energy being temporarily "possesses" the bulldozer Daisy Etta.
  • The cult of Ananka sends Yousef Bey to Massachusetts to recover Kharis and the mummy of Ananka.  Bey discovers that Ananka has been reincarnated as Amina Mansori, an exchange student. When Yousef tries to keep Amina for himself, Kharis kills him. Kharis then takes the rapidly-aging Amina and lowers them both into a nearby swamp.
  • Doctor Gustav Niemann, a former associate of Henry Frankenstein, revives a vampire he believes to be Count Dracula (who is really Baron Latos, but who doesn't mind trading on the Dracula name), and involves him in his schemes for revenge against Bürgermeister Hussman. The scheme fails and Latos is apparently destroyed. Niemann escapes and goes to Vasaria, where he discovers Lawrence Talbot and Frankenstein's Monster. He involves them in his revenge schemes under the pretext of curing Talbot. In the end, Niemann is killed and Talbot and the Monster are again believed destroyed.
  • Superman first meets Mister Mxyztplk.
  • Jimmy Watson gets a magical patch on his trousers.
    Doug Phillips and Tony Newman aid the French Resistance shortly before the invasion of Normandy.
  •  Watanabe Tsuru works for the East Asian Optics, Ltd. Hiratsuka Factory.
  • Captured Allied flyers. ledy by SquadronLeader Roger Bartlett, attempt a mass escape from Stalag Luft III.
  • Major John Reisman recruit twelve military convicts for a suicide mission.

 

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A.D. 1945

Character Debuts:

  • The Black Raider (Gordon Summers)
  • The Black Raider II (Red Crandall)
  • CaptainTruth ( Ken Elliot)
  • Mister Muscle (Mike O’Leary)
  • Yosemite Sam

 

Events:

  • Clark Kent marries Lois Lane. Their son, Clark Kent Junior is born.
  • The Black Widow, the Blue Blade, Captain Wonder, Dynamic Man, Electro, the Fiery Mask, the Laughing Mask, Mastermind Excello, Mister E, the Phantom Reporter, Rockman and the Witness are trapped in suspended animation while invading Berlin.
  • Arthur Curry marries Mera.  Their son, Arthur Curry Junior is born.
  • Hans Von Hammer surrenders to Sergeant Frank Rock.
  • Doug Phillips and Tony Newman battle a Japanese lieutenant on an island near Iwo Jima.
  • The beating, undying heart of Frankenstein’s Monster is taken out of Germany by U-boat and delivered to a Japanese submarine in the Indian Ocean. It is then taken to Hiroshima, where it is presumed destroyed in the atomic blast.
  • Grade schooler Nakaoka Gen loses several members of his family during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
  • Skeezix and Nina Wallet have a son, Thomas, called ”Chipper”.
  • The Yamamori yakuza family is founded in Kure City, Japan. One of its founding members is Hirono Shozo.
  • Baron Latos and Lawrence Talbot each independently approach Doctor Franz Edelmann, requesting that he cure them. During the course of his attempt to find a cure, Edelmann finds Frankenstein's Monster. In the end, Edelmann, Latos and the Monster are apparently destroyed. Talbot escapes, but subsequently finds that Edelmann's cure has failed.
  • Ayako Tenge is born.
  • Alexei Luthor has a son, Alexis (called "Lex") by an unknown woman who puts the child up for adoption. Lex is adopted by a Smallville family.
  • The Frake family visits the Iowa State Fair.

 

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A.D. 1946: 

Character Debuts:

  •  Atoman (Barry Dale)
  • The Atomic Thunderbolt (William Burns)
  • The Blonde Phantom (Louise Mason)
  • Crash Britanus
  • Isono Sazae
  • The Mad Hatter (Grant Richmond)
  • MarkTrail
  • Miss Masque (Diana Adams)
  • Powerman (Kerry Lattimer)
  • Rip Kirby


Events:

  • Peter Parker is born in New York City, NY.
  • Barbara Gordon is born in Gotham City, NJ.
  • Ricky Ricardo marries Lucy McGillicuddy.
  • The United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) is founded.

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A.D. 1947: 

Character Debuts:

  • The Black Canary (Dinah Drake)
  • Electro Girl (Carol Flane)
  • Mister Atom
  • Moon Girl (Clare Lune)
  • Streamline (Keenan King)
  • The Vagabond Prince (Ned Oaks)

 

Events:

  • Diana Prince marries Steve Trevor.
  • Romeyn Falls is renamed “Astro City”.
  • Detective Eddie Valiant helps clear Roger Rabbit of the murder of Marvin Acme.
  • The time-traveling Planet Express crew visits Roswell, NM, where Philip J. Fry becomes his own grandfather.
  • Yamamura Sadako is born.
  • The planet Mamango passes through Earth's Solar System. Doctor Shikishima Kenichi leads an expedition to visit it.
  • "Genius" Jones retires, having made enough money to support his researches for life. To preserve his anonymity, he disguises himself and adopts the alias "Mark Erdel". (29)
  • The Thirteenth Doctor and her companions Graham O'Brien, Yasmin Khan and Ryan Sinclair encounter the Thijarians in Pakistan.

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A.D. 1948: 

Character Debuts:

  • Ace Hart
  • The Blue Demon (Alexander Munoz Moreno)
  • Captain Compass (Mark Compass)
  • Funnyman (LArry Davis)
  • Litening (Dave Terry)
  • Maskman (Peter Pilkington)
  • Maxwell the Mighty
  • Ray Spede
  • Satanax (Arsène Satard)
  • Sun Girl
  • The Tornado (Steve Storm)
  • Val Venture
  • Wonderman (John Justice)

 

Events:

  • Dick Grayson marries Vicki Vale. (30)
  • Steve and Diana Trevor’s daughter,  Stephanie Trevor is born.
  • The kidnapping of several scientists lead Tintin and his friends to travel to the Temple of the Sun in Peru.
  • Sonny Corleone is killed.
  • Doctor Sandra Mornay revives the original Count Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster. Lawrence Talbot becomes aware of this and pursues them to America, where he enlists the aid of delivery men Chick Young and Wilbur Grey in defeating them. In the end, Dracula, the Monster and Talbot are believed destroyed.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan 49th Junior High School is reclassified as Tokyo Metropolitan 49th High School.
  • The super-intelligent rabbit Mimio helps humanity battle a race of subterranean termite people.
  • George Cooper marries a woman named Liz who is a cousin of Lucille McGillicuddy.

 

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A.D. 1949: 

Character Debuts:

  • Big-Ears
  • The Black Rider (Ramon Morales)
  • Captain Might (Alan English)
  • Colonel Lilliput (Sam Slinger)
  • Doctor Omega (Zaran Orval)
  • The Maid (Joanna Dark
  • Mister Magoo (Quincy Magoo)
  • Noddy
  • The Road Runner
  • Rocket Ryan (Max Ryan)
  • Sergeant Joe Friday
  • The Skywitch (Leni Muller)
  • Steelgauntlet
  • Thunderbolt Jaxon (Jack Jaxon)
  • Wile E. Coyote

 

Team Debut

  • The Secret Seven Society (30.1)

Events

  • The city of Neopolis is established as a haven for super-humans. Johnny "John Q. Public" Genovese is appointed the city’s first mayor.
  • Steven Traynor and Leni Muller move to Neopolis. She joins the Neopolis Police Department.
  • Skeezix and Nina Wallet have a daughter, Clovia.
  • Narnia ends.
  • Roy Raymond begins starring in Impossible- But True!.
  • Max O'Hara brings the gorilla called "Mighty Joe Young" to Hollywood.
  • Author Holly Martins travels to Vienna at the invitation of his friend Harry Lime, who is apparently killed just before Martins' arrival.
  • Gail Garrity goes to work for the National Tribune.
  • Jiro Tenge returns to Japan after having been a P.O.W.

 

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A.D. 1950: 

Character Debuts:

  • Big Ben Bolt
  • The Black Shadow (Roger Steele)
  • CaptainScience (Gordon Dane)
  • Captain Zenith
  • Darna (Narda)

 

Team Debuts:

  • The First Family (31)
  • The Silent Three (32)

 

Event:

  • Bruce Wayne marries Selina Kyle.
  • Tintin and his friends battle Doctor Müller in the Middle East.
  • In the final act of their long war, the Cylons attack and destroy the twelve Kobolite human colonies in deep space. A fleet of 221 ships, led by the battlestar Galactica under Commander Adama, escapes and flees to Earth. What connection this Adama has to William Adama is unknown.
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Blake takes command of the 4077th M.A.S.H. in Korea.
  • Tokyo Metropolitan 49th High School is renamed Tokyo Metropolitan Cromartie High School.
  • Darwin Jones becomes head of the Department of Scientific Investigations.

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A.D. 1951: 

Character Debuts:

  • Beetle Bailey
  • Captain Comet (Adam Blake)
  • Capitao 7
  • Dennis “The Menace” Mitchell
  • Electroman (Dan Watkins)
  • Kapitan Kidlat (Innocencio Santos)
  • La Llanera Vengadora (Flor Silvestre)
  • Mister Universe
  • Radio Girl (Penny Goode)
  • Tony the Tiger


Events:

  • An intelligent humanoid vegetable thing from another world crashlands in the Arctic, where it is destroyed by the staff of a U.S. military base.
  • Beetle Bailey leaves college and joins the U.S. Army, where he is assigned to Camp Swampy, GA.
  • Carnivorous plants known as “triffids” (804) first appear on Earth. Superman recognizes them as a dangerous alien species and supervises their removal.
  • The alien Klaatu and his robot guardian, Gort, visit Earth to warn humanity about the dangers of nuclear war. They are met by a delegation including Uncle Sam, Superman, Captain Marvel, the Human Torch,  Wonder Woman, who see to it that Klaatu is able to deliver his message to the U.N. and then depart safely.
  • Private investigators Bud Alexander and Louis Francis are hired by boxer Tommy Nelson, who's been framed for his manager's murder. Nelson uses the Griffin invisibility formula being researched by his fiancee's uncle, Doctor Philip Gray, to help clear himself of the charges.
  • When a large toxic cloud approaches the Earth, the mutant creatures known as the Fumoon make plans to evacuate. However, Earth's heroes are able to disperse the cloud safely.


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A.D. 1952: 

Character Debuts:

  • The Atom II (Arthur Thompson)
  • Captain Vigour
  • Linus Van Pelt
  • Masterman (Bobby Fletcher)
  • Mister Apollo (Jerry Gunn)
  • Mister Majestic (Majestros)
  • Radioactive Man (Claude Kane III)
  • Rex the Wonder Dog
  • Robot ARCHIE


Events:

  • Dying of stomach cancer, Tokyo bureaucrat Watanabe Kanji struggles to understand life and death, and to leave a legacy by getting a patch of waste ground remade into a children’s park.
  •  Norimaki Senbei is born.
  • J. Pierrepont Finch goes to work for the World Wide Wicket Company.


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A.D. 1953

Character Debuts:

  • Bazooka Joe
  • The Black Badge (K.O. Carson)
  • Detective Chimp (Bobo)
  • General Jumbo (Alfie Johnson)
  • Gumby
  • James Bond
  • Professor Bernard Quatermass
  • The Purple Claw (Jonathan Weir)
  • Rikuo

 

Events:

  • Tintin and his friends travel to the Moon.
  • An American nuclear test in the Arctic awakens a slumbering Rhedosaurus, which proceeds to New York City, where it is captured with the assistance of the JSA.
  • Professor Bernard Quatermass founds the British Rocket Group.
  • The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler battle the Wire in London.
  • The "tripod-riding”  Martians invade Southern California, where they are defeated with the aid of the local super-heroes.
  • Marty Piletti goes to the Stardust Ballroom, where he meets a girl named Clara.


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A.D. 1954: 

Character Debuts:

  • Alfred E. Neuman
  • Captain Flash (Keith Spencer)
  • Captain Universe (Jim Logan)
  • Chuck Cunningham
  • The Fighting American (Nelson Flagg)
  • The Flame II (Kip Adams)
  • Godzilla
  • Howard Cunningham
  • Joanie Cunningham
  • Laverne DeFazio
  • Marion Cunningham
  • Marvelman (Micky Moran)
  • Mysto (Rick Carter)
  • Richie Cunningham
  • Shirley Feeney
  • The Silver Spider (Tommy Troy) 
  • The Tomboy (Janie Jackson)

 

Event: 

  • Dick and Vicki Grayson’s son, Dick Grayson Junior is born.
  • Tintin and his friends rescue Professor Tournesol when he is kidnapped by Bordurian agents.
  • Nuclear testing in the Pacific awakens and mutates a hibernating dinosaur that comes to be known as “Godzilla”. It attacks Tokyo, but is driven off by Doctor Serizawa’s Oxygen Destroyer.
  • Giant mutant ants appear in the New Mexican desert. Most are killed by the U.S. military, but some migrate to Los Angeles, where they are subsequently destroyed.
  • Michael Corleone takes over as Don.
  • In a remote section of Brazil, an expedition led by Doctors Mark Williams and David Reed discovers an amphibian humanoid they nickname "The  Gill Man".
  • The so-called "Body-Snatchers"  (843)infiltrate Santa Mira, CA, but are driven out by the Spectre.
  • Allan Swann appears on "King" Kaiser's television program.

 

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A.D. 1955 

Character Debuts:

  • Anguirus
  • The Avenger (Roger Wright)
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Dan Matthews
  • Ed Norton
  • Ernie Bilko
  • Gumby
  • The Martian Manhunter (J’Onn J’Onzz)
  • Pokey
  • Ralph Kramden

 

Events

  • Clark and Lois Kent's daughter, Karen Kent is born.
  • Krypto arrives on Earth, where he takes up residence with the Kents.
  • Godzilla battles and defeats the monster Anguirus before being frozen in an iceberg.
    J’Onn J’Onzz is accidentally brought to Earth by Professor Mark Erdel, who dies of shock at the sight of the Martian. J'Onzz scans the dying Erdel's mind and discovers his true identity as Johnny "Genius" Jones. He adopts the name "John Jones" as an alias as a tribute to the Genius, and begins fighting crime as the Martian Manhunter.
  • Time-traveler Marty McFly helps his parents fall in love.
  • Vito Corleone dies.
  • A temporal disruption causes Chuck Cunningham to cease to have ever existed.
  • Doctors Cal Meacham and Ruth Adams are kidnapped by aliens from Metaluna. A friendly Metalunan named Exeter helps them escape, even as Metaluna is destroyed.
  • Nakajima Kiichi becomes obsessed with the possibility of a nuclear war.
  • A team led by Professor Clete Ferguson captures the Gill Man and brings it to Florida.  The creature escapes, but is recaptured with the help of the Justice Society, who return the creature to the Amazon.
  • In Egypt, American would-be adventurers Pete Patterson and Freddie Franklin are caught up in cult leader Semu's efforts to protect the secrets of the mummy Klaris and the treasure of Princess Ara.
  • Peter Friedrich "Frederick" Frankenstein, son of Wolf - returns to Transylvania to claim his birthright. He discovers Henry's notes and creates a monster of his own. Despite some initial difficulties, the experiment is ultimately successful, and  Frederick's creation takes a respected place in society.
  • Doctor Eric Vornoff attempts to create a race of atomic supermen that will rule the world.

 

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 A.D. 1956: 

Character Debuts:

  • Batwoman (Kathy Kane)
  • Fireman Farrell (Fred Farrell)
  • The Flash II (Barry Allen)
  • Mister Muscles (Brett Carson)
  • The Nature Boy (David Crandall)
  • Rodan
  • The Sentry (Bob Reynolds)
  • The Silver Agent  (Alan Craig)

 

Events:

  • Seismic activity in Japan awakens two hibernating pterosaurs that come to be known as Rodan. One Rodan is destroyed by the Japanese military and the other is forced back into hibernation.
  • Beldar and Prymaat Conehead are sent from the planet Remulak to seize control of the Earth. However, the mission fails when their ship crashlands in Lake Michigan. They settle down to live as ordinary Earth people.
  • Haneda Shotaro gains control of the robot called “Tetsujin 28”.
  • A tyrannosaurus is found living in Hollow Mountain in Mexico.
  • Doug Phillips and Tony Newman investigate a Soviet "time tunnel" project

 

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A.D. 1957: 

Character Debuts:

  • Andy Capp
  • El Eternauta (Juan Salvo)
  • The Grinch
  • Supergiant

 

Team Debut:

  • The Challengers of the Unknown (33)

 

Event: 

  • Bruce and Selina Wayne's daughter, Helena Wayne is born.
  • Aliens known as the “Mysterians” attack Japan with a giant robot called MOGUERA, making territorial demands. (879) They are defeated by Superman.
  • After being caught in an atom bomb test, Colonel Glen Manning grows to sixty feet in height. He wreaks havoc in Nevada before being shot off Boulder Dam.
  • An odd group of children is born in Midwich, England.
  • The Grinch attempts to ruin Christmas for the inhabitants of Whoville.
  • In New York City, a rumble between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks is accidentally broken up by the time-traveling Lord Edmund Blackadder and his servant Baldrick, giving Tony and Maria a chance to start a new life together somewhere else.
  • Scientist Ed Wainwright battles giant grasshoppers near Chicago.
  • A giant mantis attacks New York City, but is subdued by Green Lantern Alan Scott.
  • Scott Carey begins shrinking after being exposed to a radioactive fog.
  • The Thirteenth Doctor and her companions Graham O'Brien, Yasmin Khan and Ryan Sinclair stop the time criminal Krasko from interfering with Rosa Parks' place in history.

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A.D. 1958: 

Character Debuts:

  • Adam Strange
  • Cleopatra
  • Effigy
  • Liberty Girl
  • Ozymandias (Adran Veidt)
  • Nightingale
  • Superboy (Clark Kent Junior)
  • Supersonic
  • Suprema (Sally Crane)
  • Varan
  • The Yankee Clipper

 

Event: 

  • Carter and Shiera Hall’s son, Hector Hall is born.
  • Tintin battles slavers in the Middle East.
  • Aliens from planet Eros execute their Plan Nine by reanimating the recently dead, but are defeated when Trent beats them up.
  • An alien creature that comes to be known as “the Blob” arrives on Earth and begins devouring humans. When it is discovered that the Blob is vulnerable to cold, the military freezes it. It is subsequently destroyed with the help of Green Lantern Alan Scott.
  • Glen Manning reappears in Mexico. He is captured and brought to Los Angeles, where he escapes and electrocutes himself.
  • There is a brief conflict between the Duchy of Grand Fenwick and the United States of America.
  • The Smurfs first encounter Gargamel.
  • The red Plymouth Fury that will one day be known as "Christine" is manufactured.
  • After an encounter with aliens, Nancy Archer grows to fifty feet in height.
  • Scientist Andre Delambre has an accident involving a housefly and an experimental teleportation device.
  • The Kusakabe family moves to rural Japan, where they encounter the nature spirits they call "Totoro".
  • A monster named Varan is discovered in a Japanese lake. It attacks Tokyo, but is driven off.
  • Joe Clay meets Kristen Arnesen.
  • Conrad Birdie meets Kim MacAfee, 
  • Danny Zuko meets Sandy Dunbrowski.

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A.D. 1959: 

Character Debuts:

  • Bat-Mite
  • Bullwinkle J. Moose
  • The Fly (Thomas Troy)
  • The Green Lantern II (Hal Jordan)
  • Kid Flash (Wally West)
  • Kitkat
  • Leopardman
  • The N-Forcer
  • Quick Draw McGraw
  • Rip Hunter
  • Rocket J. Squirrel
  • Starwoman (Pr’slla of Kn’tar)
  • Supergirl (Linda  “Kara Zor-El” Lee) (34)


Team Debut:

  • The Honor Guard (35)

 

Events:

  • Kara Zor-El arrives on Earth, where she encounters the Superman family. After arranging a suitable cover story, they bring her to live with them as Clark's orphaned distant cousin “Linda Lee”. In time, she begins fighting crime as Supergirl.
  • The Seventh Doctor and Mel battle the Bannermen in Wales.
  • Michael Corleone has his brother Fredo killed.
  • Santa Claus battles the demon Pitch in Mexico.
  • Caroline Bender, Gregg Adams and April Morrison do not enjoy their time in the publishing industry.

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A.D. 1960: 

Character Debuts:

  • Andy Taylor
  • Aqualad (Garth)
  • Barney Fife
  • Billy Keane
  • Bugboy (Bix Bentley)
  • Captain Atom (Allen Adam)
  • Captain Miracle (Johnny Dee
  • Captain Squid
  • Davey Hansen
  • Deputy Dawg
  • Doctor Manhattan (Jonathan Osterman)
  • Dolly Keane
  • The Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny)
  • Jeffy Keane
  • Lure Lass
  • Norman Bates
  • Plasmo the Mystic
  • The Purple Heart (Miles Mando)
  • Rob Petrie
  • Sally Hansen
  • Skymax (James Doe)
  • Weasel Woman

 

Team Debuts:

  • The Justice League of America (36)
  • The Sea Devils (37)
  • The Superior Squad (38)


Events:

  • Tintin travels to Tibet where he rescues his friend Chang from a Yeti.
  • Charismatic, slightly insane genius Professor Friedrich Kieselstein creates Project Escape, in which he and 200 carefully chosen recruits will take a one-way trip to the distant past to escape the nuclear doom they believe is imminent.
  • Norman Bates kills Marion Crane and Milton Arbogast.
  • Rob Petrie becomes the head writer of The Alan Brady Show.
  • A Japanese scientist working on a teleportation machine becomes an immaterial killer known as the Telegion.
  • Another Japanese scientist learns how to convert himself into a human vapor.
  • In an alternate dimension, groups of humanoid cats and rabbits begin fighting an odd parallel to the Vietnam War.
  • In Mexico, the evil Doctor Krupp builds a robot which is destroyed by Popoca the Aztec Mummy.
  • Davey Hansen acquires a talking dog he names "Goliath".
  • Calvin "Cave" Carson begins using the Mighty Mole to explore the subterranean world.
  • WWII vet Danny Ocean recruits ten of his fellow soldiers to rob the five largest Las Vegas casinos in one night.

 

(Continued in The Heroic Age, Part Three)

 

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Updated to 1943.

These timelines are amazing!

Since I've been rereading Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life and love linking events and people up, how about:

  • Project: Rebirth was the government's attempt to artificially replicate Doc Savage.
  • The BEAST's mother was the daughter of MONK MAYFAIR and his godfather was WILLIAM HARPER LITTLEJOHN.
  • THE SHADOW, THE GREEN LAMA, MANDRAKE and ZATARA the Magicians combine their powers to ensure that no one sees the resemblance between SUPERMAN and CLARK KENT.
  • PROFESSOR MORIARTY's American grandson devices a "foolproof" plan to steal a $1 million over a short period of time by creating the persona of THE RED HOOD.
  • The Daily Star became The Daily Planet because the Reid family sold it.
  • THE PHANTOM allies himself with LORD GREYSTOKE to safeguard Africa's secrets, joining with KA-ZAR who becomes their "public" face.
  • LORD GREYSTOKE also bankrolls THE BLACKHAWKS.

Is that the Philip Jose Farmer book?  I know I've read some of his stuff, butI don't think I've seen that one.

Yes, I've heard about it for decades but just got it last year. A better book is his Tarzan Alive! which reads more biographical.



Philip Portelli said:

  • Project: Rebirth was the government's attempt to artificially replicate Doc Savage.
  • The BEAST's mother was the daughter of MONK MAYFAIR and his godfather was WILLIAM HARPER LITTLEJOHN.
  • THE SHADOW, THE GREEN LAMA, MANDRAKE and ZATARA the Magicians combine their powers to ensure that no one sees the resemblance between SUPERMAN and CLARK KENT.
  • PROFESSOR MORIARTY's American grandson devices a "foolproof" plan to steal a $1 million over a short period of time by creating the persona of THE RED HOOD.
  • The Daily Star became The Daily Planet because the Reid family sold it.
  • THE PHANTOM allies himself with LORD GREYSTOKE to safeguard Africa's secrets, joining with KA-ZAR who becomes their "public" face.
  • LORD GREYSTOKE also bankrolls THE BLACKHAWKS.

Interesting. I haven't heard of William Harper Littlejohn.

 

Also, updated through 1946.


 

Updated through 1950.

William Harper Littlejohn aka "Johnny" one of Doc Savage's Amazing Five, brilliant archeologist and geologist and secret agent, famed for using multi-syllable words.

Cool, thanks for the info and the input!

 

Alos, updated through 1953.

Updated thorugh 1958.

Added Rip Kirby to this one, as well.

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