Five Terrifying Superheroes of the Golden Age

Posted on March 08, 2010
Views: 24,656

Subscribe to our newsletter

Advertisements

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.

1.

Daredevil

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.

daredevil01

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.

daredevil02

2.

Ghost Rider

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 rider01

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).

ghost rider02

3.

Lady Satan

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.

lady satan01

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?

lady satan02

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.

Advertisements
Random
Page 1 of 3
Loading...

Latest Articles

20 of the Most Terrifying Things Kids Have Ever Said

20 of the Most Terrifying Things Kids Have Ever Said

Kids say the darndest things, as the old saying goes. They also say some of the most horrifying things, as well. Most of the time it’s just because they don’t know any better...

20 Creepiest Abandoned Hospitals From Around the World

20 Creepiest Abandoned Hospitals From Around the World

Hospitals can be scary places. They’re sterile and often impersonal, and oh yeah, there are often people dying all around you. And let’s not even get into the fact that...

7 Weird Ways People Try to Get Drunk

7 Weird Ways People Try to Get Drunk

People like their booze, and have for centuries upon centuries. It’s not a secret that basically as long as there have been human beings roaming the Earth, there have been human...

8 Ways Science Says Sex Is the Best Medicine

8 Ways Science Says Sex Is the Best Medicine

With a few odd exceptions, people love sex. Sex sells, people enjoy watching it, and more importantly, people enjoy having it. That’s because sex makes you feel good, and it...

10 Absolutely Baffling Celebrity Cameos in Music Videos

10 Absolutely Baffling Celebrity Cameos in Music Videos

Believe it or not, music videos are actually things that still exist, despite the fact that channels like MTV would have you believe otherwise. Celebrities popping up in a music...

7 TV and Movie Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Spinoffs

7 TV and Movie Side Characters That Deserve Their Own Spinoffs

One of the hardest things about writing fiction is coming up with interesting, fully developed side characters. After all, you can’t spend too much time on them because you...

8 Incredible Facts About Game of Thrones

8 Incredible Facts About Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an absolute juggernaut. There’s no denying it. Along with Walking Dead, you’d be hard pressed to find a television show that gets more online chatter that...

7 Books That Should Would Make Great TV Shows

7 Books That Should Would Make Great TV Shows

With the return of the immensely successful and wildly popular Game of Thrones, it’s only natural to look at the bookshelf and imagine what books may have a chance to rival the...

8 Completely Off the Wall Zombie Movies

8 Completely Off the Wall Zombie Movies

First things first, let’s not pretend that zombie movies are ever going to be exactly “normal.” After all, we’re talking about movies that center on the conceit that the...

8 Famous Movie Quotes No One Ever Gets Right

8 Famous Movie Quotes No One Ever Gets Right

We’re living in a culture where half of what we say seems to come from television or the movies. At some points it feels like there are precious few original thoughts being...