This will contain my initial reactions to the thirteen "lost" characters, based on the information provided in the New Golden Age #1. As is my custom, here are some irrelevant pictures to serve as spoiler space:
Thanos would live to regret interrupting Saitama's shopping trip. But not for long.
After Larry's death, Moe considered continuing the act with Joe DeRita and Emil Sitka, but then Moe died, and that was the end of it.
Anyway, on to the matter at hand:
Overall, I hink that there's some potential here. I notice that they tried to make the "Golden Age": characters a good deal more diverse than they ever were back in the day.
Thanos has no chance
Here are the thoughts I posted to the "What Comics Have You Read Today?" thread:
THE NEW GOLDEN AGE: Intriguing. This one-shot "reintroduces" several forgotten characters, mostly sidekicks, from the Golden Age. there's nothibng new about that; both Marvel (Sentry) and DC (Triumph) have tried that before with varying degrees of success. Much of this issue was drawn by Jerry Ordway, a perennial favorite of mine. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this comic is the faux "Who's Who" pages in the back of the book. If nothing else, this "new thing" seems to be well thought-out. Lots of time-jumps; somewhat difficult to follow. I would likely have been more enthusiastic about a story such as as this 15 or 20 years ago.
I've heard about Emil Sitka being considered as a replacement Stooge, but I've never see that photo.
Aquaman: Roy Thomas wanted to create a far more complex origin for the Earth-Two Sea King but then the Crisis happened and the origin got used for Neptune Perkins in Young All Stars where he was the grandson of Captain Nemo!
The Harlequin's Son: this was originally meant to be part of Infinity, Inc including being gay. He was dropped as Roy didn't want any non-powered characters.
Giving all these mostly minor characters diversity sidekicks seems a little condescending to me. They don't seem important and they're not that creative! Especially Ladybug who is basically the Wasp!
The Boom: *holding my tongue*
Feels like a bit of a scattershot approach. Not as daring as it could have been, alas. Most of those seem to be derivative characters, not a few being literally sidekicks that were not remembered. A bit like Crimson Avenger's companion Wing, even.
There are however some good ideas there. I take it that this Aquaman has yellow gloves? For the longest time that has been the one way of telling Earth-Two's Arthur Curry from Earth-One's, who wears green gloves. Making a real character out of him may be worthwhile. Having a legionnaire visit the Golden Age for once can be interesting as well. Or it could be Booster Gold, who is apparently underused these days.
Having them all be Golden Age characters is something of a problem, but also an opportunity. It creates the potential to scratch a All-Star Squadron itch, but it may be overegging the pudding. Particularly at a time when it is all but officially stated that DC doesn't much care about continuity anymore.
I will just assume that this is an alternate continuity pocket world and at some point the more succesfull among those characters will end up passing through one of Sideways' portals and end up in DC's Prime Earth or something similar.
Not having bought this, I wasn’t sure if these were actual characters from the past or imagined ones. I think I now understand that they were not actual characters.
Cherry Bomb (Gloria James) First appeaarance given as Police Comics #25. She is a teenaged African-American, the daughter of Roy Lincoln's lab partner and a gifted chemist in her own right. When her father was murdered, she gave herself powers similar to Lincoln's, and became his sidekick. Another potentially interesting character.
Sure, an African American female hero in the Golden Age. With a soft porn name.
The Harlequin's Son (Michael Mayne) First appearance given as Infinity, Inc.#1. The gay son of Molly Mayne who used his mother's gimmicks as both a villain and a hero. He is said to have turned down an invitation to become an Infinitor. No word on who his father was. I was never a big fan of Molly, so I'm not overwhelmed by him, but who knows, someone may put him to good use as a character.
Somewhat coincidentally, the son of Alan Scott (who married Molly Mayne), Todd Rice (Obsidian) was briefly portrayed on the Stargirl TV series as gay.
Todd Rice was [eventually revealed to be] gay in the comics, too.
My guess is a Legionnaire with a Golden Age connection.
Star Boy leaps to mind. He's been connected to the Starman/Star-Spangled Kid/Stargirl continuity.
Karate Kid has Earth heritage. But any ancestor of his would be playing for the wrong team in the 1940s.
The Boom: *holding my tongue*
They could have come up with a better name than "The Boom".
I know there are a LOT of speedsters, not just at DC (where I've lost count) but through comics history going back to the Golden Age. I'm sure most of the good names have been taken. But "The Boom" ... is just terrible.
Here's a handy reference page from The New Golden Age:
I got confused on the various Golden marriages and offspring mentioned or tangential to this discussion, so I looked it up.
That's what Mr. Google tells me. It's possible some of this has been retconned by New 52. Every site I looked at, from Wiki to DC Wiki, repeats the same line that Alan Scott is still happily married to Molly Mayne, which I don't think is (still) true, so everything is suspect.
Merry Pemberton (Merry of a Thousand Gimmicks, aka Gimmick Girl)
I don't think I've heard of this character before.
The uncommon name Pemberton makes me think she was related to Sylvester. Was she?
She was introduced in Sylvester's feature and her feature then replaced his, much as with Black Canary and Johnny Thunder.
Sylvester's parents adopted Merry in Star-Spangled Comics #81 because a psychiatrist told them Sylvester needed companionship. She learned Sylvester and Pat were the Kid and Stripesy. She adopted the identity of Gimmick Girl in #82. In #83 Stripesy broke his leg and she teamed up with the Kid, despite his objections. From #84 she was the star, but at first the feature was still bannered with the Kid's name. Sylvester last appeared in costume in #83 and made his final, cameo appearances as Sylvester in #84. Merry's name was sub-bannered in #85-#86 and her banner replaced his from #87. The last instalment appeared in #90.
The last adventure was the only one reprinted in the Bronze Age, in Adventure Comics #416.
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