Silly Superhero Names Of the 1930s And 1940s

Dollman
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Having at one time in my past been a seller of golden age comics (1930s - 1940s) on Ebay I've seen a lot of rather silly comic superhero names. Granted they were in the very early stages of establishing comics featuring superheroes. If characters like Batman and Superman had not become so huge over time and faded who is to say we wouldn't find their names silly. So I haven't included some that are vaguely silly but the ones I feel really stick out as very silly. Some of these I personally read through the comics and I can honestly say they are really good for a laugh.

DOLL MAN

So this superhero is a man whose power allows him to shrink down to the size of a doll but retain the strength of a man at normal size. Other characters included Doll Girl and Elmo the Wonder Dog! Surprisingly enough this comic book ran for ten years from 1939 - 1949. Which if you are familiar with comics is the first superhero boom. Not surprising though was this characters disappearance before the 1950s when many big name characters such as Captain America, the Flash and a few others disappeared until the 1960s.

The Whizzer
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THE WHIZZER

The Whizzer, hm, where to begin. Well the Whizzer is a superhero who like the Flash would whiz onto the scene and try to save the day. Dressed in his yellow suit with a large W on the front this guy sounds more like someone with a problem wetting his pants then a superhero. Appearing in 1941 in 1946 he joined a team called the "All-Winners Squad," which of course sounds like something Charlie Sheen should be leading. The Whizzer disappeared in the late 1940s.

THE GOLDEN GIRL

Now before you get an image of Dorthy, Sophia, Blanche and Rose from Golden Girls keep in mind even Betty White would have been quite young during this characters run. Appearing in the 1940s. For a time she replaced Bucky as the sidekick of Captain America. She had no real powers just a mask and golden suit.

Commando Yank
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COMMANDO YANK

Commando Yank appeared in the 1940s much like Batman he had no powers and used guns, knives and other things. The picture to the right makes it look like he just yanked a muscle (no pun intended). With many of the other superheroes he disappeared as well by the end of the 1940s.

THE CLOCK

You can tell they were really brain storming back in the 1930s when they came up with this Superhero, the Clock, appeared in 1936. In the 1930s the superhero thing was just starting to catch on so I suppose I can cut this creator some slack. Well at least he'll always know what time it is.

Plastic Man
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Bozo
Bozo | Source

BOZO THE IRON MAN

So this has no relation to Iron Man from Marvel Comics, Bozo The Iron Man is actually a robot. Stolen from an evil scientist by the other main character, hugh Hazzard, renamed it Bozo and modified it to fight crime. This character first appeared 1939 and appeared periodically throughout the 1940s. I can guarantee you Robert Downey Jr. would have thought twice about taking on the role if they name were Bozo The Iron Man but then he did star in Tropical thunder.

As I look through the pictures I have of the golden age comics I once sold many others spring to mind such as: Plastic Man, Johnny Thunder, Uncle Sam, The Red Bee, Americommando, The Human Bomb, Miss America, Robotman, and Hourman (he should team up with The Clock, they could be the Timepiece Duo. Hope you enjoy the article. If you have an interest in golden age comics like me you might want to check out some of the interesting Batman, Superman, Flash and other comics from that era. I've included links to some on Ebay below this article. Check it out!

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gabrielthomas72 4 years ago from Shrewsbury, England

Plastic Man has made it on to screen in Batman: The Brave and Bold, mad and bad!!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

gabrielthomas72 - To me he always seemed more rubber than plastic, kind of like Reed Richards. But your right a lot of golden age characters were bought up by DC and Marvel, so they may bring some back every so often.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

The 1940's were my era for comics.Except for plastic man I don't recall these. Wonderwoman,Supermkan, batman,Lone Ranger are the ones I recall off hand.


lisa.bom 4 years ago

Thanks for a look back at comics. I love trivia like this.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

dahoglund - hm, well maybe they were even a little obscure for the time period. I felt these superheroes had funny names and were good for a laugh :)


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hoteltravel 4 years ago from Thailand

Never heard about any of these superheroes. Doll Man wins the title of superhero with silliest name hands down. May be the creators of these characters ran out of idea. Great read for trivia lovers. Voted up and interesting.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

I thinought the Superhero names were pretty funny so I don't mind looking back. Thanks for reading :)


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FatFreddysCat 4 years ago from The Garden State

Great stuff. A while back the "Stupid Comics" web site featured an obscure '40s strip called "Spurt Hammond." I nearly choked when I saw that name.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

hoteltravel - yes Doll Man is a pretty silly name for a superhero, I also laughed at the Whizzer myself but they are all pretty silly.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

FatFreddysCat - lol, I had to check it out and found it and some others that are hilarious, Spurt Hammond should be on this list he is hilarious too :)


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Mr. Smith 4 years ago from California

Very funny. Thanks for giving me something to laugh about. I needed it today.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Mr. Smith - no problem, these are some pretty silly superhero names felt I had to share and have some fun with it. Thanks for reading!


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Suzie ONeill 4 years ago from Lost in La La Land

Wow! Some of those names were pretty bad! Thanks for the chuckles!


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lupine 4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

With these names, I can see why they didn't "make it". Thanks for reminding us what entertained us before cable TV and video games. My favorites were superman, batman, and later wonder woman.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

The Finance Hub - Glad to help bring back the memories, have a good one!


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johncimble 4 years ago from Bangkok

never heard of those before lol


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Suzie ONeill - yes they made me chuckle as well, glad they amused you :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

lupine - yes many of these Superheroes had horrible names, like "the whizzer" lol, they must have been running out of ideas. I really liked Batman and Superman too. I had many of those golden age comics, some of the Batman ones were done by Bob Kane himself.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

johncimble - The Superhero names are pretty funny for sure.


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Loved this Hub terrektwo. I am forwarding this to my son who also sold classic comics on Ebay and had a website where he sold comics as well. I am prejudice because I too am a big comic buff even at 60 years old. But I believe this is one of your best Hubs. I dearly enjoyed the graphics. I voted UP and all across. Great job.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Drtruthman - thanks a lot. Well all I can say is the era made it easy to make this hub given the names I had to work with :)


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ThoughtMonkey 4 years ago from United Kingdon

Good fun hub, I love it. Voted up!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

ThoughtMonkey - thanks, I especially loved the Whizzer name, was pretty funny :)

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