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This month in DC History

The first appearance of Red Hood happened in 1951. Although the current Red Hood is Jason Todd, the first Red Hood was actually one of a group of criminals in a gang called the Red Hood gang. The gang would take turns under the hood giving the appearance that there was a singular mastermind behind the crimes. Red Hood was also used as the origin for The Joker but didn’t tell us how he got those scars.

What else happened in 1951?

  • Killer Moth was introduced (also in February). Although he’s now usually seen at the but of a joke. Killer Moth started out to be the “anti-Batman” and got his own “Mothmobile.” He also probably had two living parents who took care of him as he grew up, can’t get more “anti-Batman” than that.
  • Space was all the rage while superheroes were struggling so DC came out with Mystery in Space, it’s second space title. Spoiler alert: The Space Butler did it.
  • All Star Comics, which was a buffet of all the hero comics DC was producing, met it’s end. It ended on issue 57 with the ironically titled story “The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives.”

This month in DC History

Jay Garrick ran onto the comic scene in 1940. His powers were given to him through inhaling the vapors of “hard water” and he dressed up in a costume inspired by the roman god Mercury under the name of The Flash. Unlike other superheroes, he shared his identity with his girlfriend, Joan Williams. 

What else happened in 1940?

  • So many characters were introduced! So many that you’ll be hearing about 1940 again later this year. Among those who were introduced were Lex Luthor, Clayface, and Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern.
  • All Star comics was introduced as a comic where characters from DC four titles (Adventure Comics, More Fun Comics, All-American Comics, and Flash Comics) would have stories side by side. Readers were asked to send in a coupon to say which three characters they’d like to see added and which would they want to get the boot for the next issue. This however changed by issue #3.
  • Issue #3 of All Star comics introduced us to the Justice Society of America. This marked the first team of superheroes DC had. The first issue was more introductory as the members of the JSA sat around a table and shared stories about their previous adventures making it pretty much like the clip episode of Community.