Subscribe to our newsletter
The Golden Age of Comics took place during the thirties and forties. During this period, comics saw their first major boom, and the popularity of superheroes led to the creation of many modern mainstays now considered iconic to the medium. The Golden Age also gave us some of the most bizarre and terrifying characters to ever see ink.
Taking the unique Bruce Wayne approach to super heroism, Bart Hill witnesses his parents murder, rendering him mute. Not satisfied with both crippling and orphaning a child, the criminal in question goes the extra mile by branding him, leaving a boomerang shaped mark on his chest. Naturally, Hill honors the memory of his parents by obsessing over boomerangs and eventually becoming the first (only?) master boomerang marksman.
With his new and seemingly impractical power, Hill becomes a the costumed hero Daredevil, bringing criminals to justice by throwing curved sticks and praying they come back. Daredevil ran for sixty-nine issues, remaining popular inpart due to the book's gritty story telling. The character also set a precedent for characters named Daredevil being unable to properly dress themselves.
Rex Fury, federal Marshall and owner of a kick-ass name, takes on the persona of Ghost Rider, a phantom horseman, Of course, he wasn't really a phantom; he wore a costume that was white on one side and black on the other, giving him the ability to disappear and reappear at will, causing evil to soil its pants every time.
Ghost Rider is akin to a super natural Batman. Fury did everything he could to appear to be a ghost, using realistic illusions to maintain his mystique and to terrify criminals. His enemies followed the supernatural motif, ranging from your typical wolfmen to a Frankenstein impersonator (why, when choosing a gothic literary figure to impersonate, anyone would elect to be a hodgepodge collection of corpses, is beyond me).
While on an ocean liner in the Atlantic, the would-be Lady Satan (she apparently had no real name) nearly loses her life in a Nazi bombing. The liner is sunk, presumably killing hundreds. Among the dead are her fiancee (also not worth having a name, may he rest in peace). Eventually our hero found her way to German-occupied France, where she vowed to fight the Nazi's while swearing fealty to the Prince of Darkness. I'm really not sure how one entails the other, but hey, when you're beloved is slain by Nazi explosions, you need to change up your life a bit.
In her original run, Lady Satan was powerless. Armed only with a chlorine gun, she hid her non-identity with a red evening gown and domino mask. Not only is this a questionable costume, but it proposes a very important question: how is it that Nazi's could find entirely families hiding in basements, attics and the very earth itself, but a woman dressed in bright red wondering the streets of Paris with a pool-cleaning gun manages to evade capture so many times she makes a career out of it?
While the character of Lady Satan may not standout in the overpopulated market of the Golden Age, she was among the first heroes to stop Hitler's tyranny before the United States got involved in World War II. Also, she hung out with Wonder Woman once or twice, so she's famous by proxy.
Makeup Artist Transforms Her Face Into Her Favorite Cartoon Characters
Laura Jenkins is a London based brilliant makeup artist who brings various cartoon characters to life on her own face, or to be more precise on her mouth. This is what happens when...
5 Most Unique and Unusual Islands - #3 Is it Cute or Creepy?
For most of us islands hold a certain mystique. It could be their seclusion that entices us, or the perceived difficulty of reaching them. Others are relatively untouched and...
5 Ad Campaigns That Backfired - #5 With True Message
It's fair to say that in the digital age we're beaten over the head with advertising on a regular basis. With constant exposure to commercials, banner ads, and other spots trying...
7 Utterly Bizarre Assassination Attempts
Assassinations are a dirty part of global politics and warfare, and as you can probably guess there are tons of attempts on the lives of political leaders that you never even hear...
15 of the Scariest Urban Legends From Around the World
Everyone loves a good old fashioned urban legend. People love getting a good scare, and something about urban legends just makes it feel like these things could have actually...
15 Myths About History You Probably Believe
It turns out that a lot of what you were reading in history textbooks was wrong, and some of the things you believe are either skewed by false information passed down through the...
8 Prettiest Nations in Europe
It might be hard to tell the difference between women in Europe, but every man with a keen eye will tell you exactly why these nations have the prettiest women.
13 Things You Didn’t Know About the Lord of the Rings Movies
The Lord of the Rings will go down as one of the greatest movie trilogies in history, and this year Peter Jackson’s follow-up trilogy The Hobbit will be coming to a close as...
13 Crazy World Records You Won’t Believe People Bothered to Set
These are the people who work on breaking and re-breaking world records that no one in their right mind would ever even consider as a legitimate thing. You know, the records that...