“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary”*…
Quality Comics was not lightly named, with a roster of creative talent collaborating on some of the most-satisfying adventure stories inhabiting the Golden Age racks. Particularly of value was Quality’s roster of post-war second-stringers. While Blackhawk, Doll Man, Kid Eternity, Uncle Sam and Plastic Man made up the top of the company’s weird roster, later additions like The Barker and Captain Triumph were of equally great standards to their forebears.
Even the short-lived latecomers had a peculiar charm to them, such as The Whistler, a tune-tootling tough guy whose pursed lips could sink ships…
The story of “The Whistler,” from Jonathan Morris and his wonderful site Gone and Forgotten, where one can find left-behind heroes and villains aplenty. For more on Jonathan and, more generally, on the topic at hand, see (and hear) the “Superpowers” episode of This American Life. For more still, check out Jonathan’s Tumblr.
* Ernest Hemingway
As we realize that it’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, we might send watery birthday greetings to Mera, Queen of Atlantis and wife of Aquaman. While this is her birthday, she made her first appearance in September, 1963, in Aquaman, Volume 1, Number 11: