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Holy 50th Anniversary, Batman! Dark Knight. Caped Crusader. World’s Greatest Detective. Whatever you know him as, wherever you know him from—the blockbuster movies, TV shows, video games, cartoons, or millions of comics—Batman is proof you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero… and the poster boy for what a bad childhood can do to you.

Creating the Superhero

The PhantomPrior to Comicbook heroes we had pulp heroes. "Pulps" were small 10 cent books sold on the newsstands, usually filled with action heroes going to exotic places and having adventures. Among these heroes were Doc Samson and The Shadow. They also had very popular radio shows. While they certainly did things that were beyond what a normal person could do, they weren't called superheroes or marketed as if they had abilities beyond a person at their physical peak. Nonetheless, they had their influence on what was to come. Another pre-Superhero came from the comic strips, he is Popeye. He was created by Elzie Segar and first appeared in a strip called Thimble Theater in 1929. While he didn't go out and fight crime, he did eat his spinich and displayed some 'above average' feats of human strength while fighting his nemises Bluto. This picture is the first ever appearance of Popeye.

The comic shown here is the first American publishing of The Phantom, who is now a worldwide hero. The Phantom made his debut on February 17th, 1936 and he was the first costumed hero. He was created by Lee Falk, who still today is working on his stories. The Phantom was the kind of hero that despite his normal "human" capabilities, fought crime with bravery and death defying stunts. Many future heroes would follow his lead. For more information about this breakthrough hero read The Phantom biography. Also in 1936 The Clock appeared in Funny Pages #6. The Clock was a masked detective; this is the first time a character used a mask to hide his face. Later on, masks would be used in most costumes so the hero could disguise his or her true identity.

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Think you know Superman?

One of the all-time wildest powers Superman has ever had is the ability to shoot a completely sentient, miniature version of himself out of his hand that can be used to aid him against enemies. There are many other odd superpowers that the Man of Steel has been shown to use such as, telepathy, telekinesis, hypnotism, ventriloquism, and even amnesia-inducing kisses. Perhaps the hands-down weirdest power ever exhibited by Superman was in 1947’s Superman #45. In this issue, Superman is able to shape shift into a hairless, pale alien due to his ability to control and contort his muscles at will. Hopefully, this ability never shows up ever again, but it’s still extremely odd that it ever existed.

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