He’s immortal. He has magic powers. He wears green tights. It seems to me that after a few hundred years, someone, somewhere at sometime would’ve told him that green tights aren’t cool.
Another classic. I love that this guy got his superhero name from a magician. Read all about him here.
Startling Comics didn’t pull any punches. Look at the layers of fun on this cover. A hero wearing a magic tri-corner hat and cloak that give him super strength and who is guided by the ghost of his grandfather (a murdered patriot) is saving a girl from involuntarily performing a human sacrifice who is obviously being controlled by a magician while members of an Egyptian death cult look on. Aside from a monkey or a robot, this story has it all! (I’ll bet the guys in hoods are monkeys and robots now that I think about it). Read more about the Fighting Yank here.
Not to be confused with the Pulp hero, this Captain Future was a scientist who bathed himself in infrared and gamma rays to give him super human strength. Nothing like a nice refreshing radioactive shower to start your day of fighting crime! Read one of his stories here.
How much awesomeness can you pack into a superhero? Well, he’s an android… created by an ancient South American civilization… who fights Nazis… and eventually joins the FBI. None. None more awesomeness can be included. Read more for yourself.
Mr. Q rocks. No one knows who he is. He carries a dart gun. He has a menacing smirk. Good stuff. I’m not exactly sure what a “Fifth Columnist” is, but if I were one, I’d be scared, too. You can see the original here.
Kinda like the Phantom only more… red and panthery. Comic Book Catacombs has nice scans of his adventures.
A superhero with a mustache. Why didn’t this character rocket to the same heights of fame as Superman? A mustache is a way better disguise than glasses.
Read one of his adventures here.
This superhero’s crime fighting technique: ugliness. How cool is that? It’s like taking Batman’s “superstitious and cowardly lot” shtick the extra mile. Don’t just scare them, freak them out! You can read more about The Face here.
Before there was the Specter, there was Mr. Justice. Ancient British Royalty back from the dead to deliver fist-fulls of vengeance on the collective jaw of crime. Awesome.
Ibis, pictured here wielding his Ibistick, is a magician superhero whose origins are in ancient Egypt (ooooh, ahhhh). You can read about his origins yourself here.
“Marvelo, the monarch of all magicians – has thrown his darkly blazing eyes that gleam so hypnotically, his lean hands that move with such blinding speed, all of his concentrated force and will – into the eternal struggle between good and evil – fighting always for true justice!”
Below is a page from Big Shot Comics #1 (1940) which provided me the inspiration for this picture. If anyone can give me a reasonable explanation for his oafish yellow companion, Zee, I’d love to hear it.