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“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

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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:

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Written by LW

January 31, 2017 at 1:01 am

A Tree Grew in Brooklyn…

From the good folks at (Brooklyn’s) Pop Chart Lab, “The Illustrious Omnibus of Superpowers— A taxonomic tree of over 100 wondrous powers and abilities, with over 200 superheroes and supervillains as examples thereof”:

click the image above, or here, to reach a magnifiable version

Created with the help of (Brooklyn’s) Bergen Street Comics, it’s very handy companion to the Alignment Charts of a couple of months ago…

[TotH to Fanboy.com]

As we shake out our capes, we might wish a grateful Happy Birthday to the greatest poet and playwright in the English canon, William Shakespeare; he was born (tradition holds, and reason suggests) on this date in 1564.  In fact, there is no way to know with certainty the Bard’s birth date.  But his baptism was recorded at Stratford-on-Avon on April 26, 1564; and three days was the then-customary wait before baptism.

In any case, we do know with some certainty that Shakespeare died on this date in 1616.

The Chandos Portrait (source)

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts…
As You Like It

While long-time readers know that the email version of this missive predated the blog by a couple of years, this is (Roughly) Daily’s thousandth “edition.”  Many thanks to all who have generously encouraged this indulgence, to all who have enthusiastically contributed items– and to all who’ve lent their kind attention as readers.

If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me.
Henry VIII

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