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Action Girl

Erica Smith is a student at Hayley High, located in a small town on the West Coast, some time in the near future. A bit bored and frustrated with the usual issues surrounding adolescence and trying to make her way in life, Smith discovers the costume and personal effects of a forgotten crime-fighting female aviator of the 1940s, Action Girl. Inspired by the Amelia Earhart–like story of Action Girl’s life and bravery, Smith decides to assume the hero’s name and identity herself. Clad in the original Action Girl’s vintage jacket with an “AG” logo on the chest, tothe- knee wrestling boots, and flared skirt, Smith becomes the costumed crime fighter’s successor, leaving the confines of her bedroom hideout to fight against typical teenage angst. Her signature quote: “Action is everything!”

Adam Strange

Among the many things gripping the imaginations of children in the late 1950s were the emerging superheroes of the Silver Age of comics (1956–1969) and the beginnings of the space race. DC Comics decided to combine those two interests by launching a pair of space heroes in its tryout comic book Showcase. The first to appear was the futuristic spaceman, Space Ranger, while the second (who premiered in Showcase #17 in late 1958) was Adam Strange, overseen by longtime science fiction fan and editor Julius Schwartz. His first choice as artist was Carmine Infantino, but, as Infantino was currently entertaining the troops in Korea, Mike Sekowsky was drafted in for the three Showcase issues. When these proved popular, Strange moved over to the Mystery in Space comic, where he enjoyed a run of fifty issues, most of them drawn by Infantino and written by the prolific Gardner Fox.

Alpha Flight

One side, super heroes This is a job only we can handle! So says the team of Canadian heroes on the front cover of Alpha Flight #1 (August 1983). A spin-off from the ultra-popular X-Men series where the characters had first appeared, the members of Alpha Flight were the creation of writer/artist John Byrne. They were also the first non-American superteam to garner their own title at Marvel Comics.


Aquaman Cover Image

Aquaman #36 © 1967 DC Comics. COVER ART BY NICK CARDY.

Astro Boy

Action Girl Cover Image

Astro Boy #1 © 2002 Tezuka Productions. COVER ART BY OSAMU TEZUKA.