Allen. Gale Allen is the distaff version of Bud
Crandall, although active in the year 1990 A.D. rather than
farther in the future. She is a member of the Woman’s Space Battalion and
a fighter for good in the far reaches of space. She is helped by her sweetie,
Captain Jack North, and sometimes works "in the fortified city of Buffalo."
She is armed with blaster and spaceship.
First Appearance: Planet Comics #4 (Fiction House)
Gargoyle. Dan Collins, a playboy fashion plate, fights
crime in top hat and tails. He has no superpowers, although he does have
First Appearance: Captain Aero #4 (Holyoke)
Garry is the youthful lab assistant and sidekick to Speed Gale. When the
call comes for help Garry takes the secret formula alongside Speed and
gains powers of flight and superstrength.
First Appearance: Super Duper Comics #1 (Cartoon Art Productions)
Gary Concord. Gary Concord is the Ultra Man, an adventurer of the future. To quote someone whose name I don't know:
Born on the battlefields of France, Gary Concord lost his parents during World War One and vowed "to wipe out war." In an underground bunker, Concord was on the verge of creating a chemical so powerful that he would use "its very frightfulness to force man to peace." In early July of 1950, a catastrophic world war struck the United States and bombing raids struck Concord's lab, knocking scores of chemicals to the floor. The volatile mixture created a foam that threatened to engulf the trapped Concord. Moments before he sank into the mixture, Gary at last hit upon and recorded his "formula for peace." Gary awakened to find the chemicals draining from his bunker thanks to an earthquake. To his astonishment, the year was now 2174! With mankind still racked by war, Concord (now enhanced with greater height and muscle due to the foam) returned to his formula for peace. Using derivatives of the foam, bombs struck war-mongering cities and placed their inhabitants in suspended animation. Hailed as a man of peace, Concord married a woman named Leanadra and they had a son, Gary II, in 2214. Concord died at the age of 100 (or 324) in 2239. Gary II continued his father's good works as Ultra-Man.First Appearance: All-Ameican Comics #8 (DC)
Hawkes. Gary is a top pilot and soldier of fortune who
with his gunner Spike fights for good and profit around the world.
First Appearance: sometime before or in More Fun Comics #44 (DC)
Morgan. Gary is a foreign correspondent who travels the
world reporting on the war. He is helped by his sweetie and assistant Miss
First Appearance: Spitfire Comics #1 (Harvey)
Gaucho. The Gaucho is a wealthy Argentinian rancher who
fights crime in the Old West. He is assisted by his stereotype pal, Sanchez.
First Appearance: C-M-O Comics #1 (Centaur)
Ghost. Keith Everet, the Earl of Strethmere in Ireland
in the year 1700, is riding to Ulster to visit his love, Deborah Wallace,
when he is shot and killed. His spirit is met by his ancestors, who send
him back to earth to “avenge the evil that men do.” But he can’t return
to Earth until Deborah dies for good—and she keeps being reincarnated.
Finally, in 1941, Charles Collins, the boyfriend of Deborah Wallace’s direct
descendant, is killed, and Keith, not able to wait any more, enters Charles’
body and reanimates it. He goes on to fight evil and spies. He can fly,
has superstrength, can become immaterial, and has other plot-device powers.
First Appearance: Sensation Comics #1 (DC)
Jones. Johnny "Genius" Jones, a young boy, is stranded
on a desert island, just him and 734 books. He's there for a few years,
and reads all of the books, taking every bit of information from them.
Then he burns the books to attract the attention of a passing ship. Once
back in civilization he sets himself up as the Answer Man, a costumed hero
who answered questions and solved crimes and problems for a fee. He had
no superpowers but had a very advanced lab and was very intelligent and
First Appearance: Adventure Comics #77 (DC)
Ghost. Brad Hendricks fought against the Germans in occupied
Europe. He had no superpowers, but flew the whizzo Ghost Plane.
First Appearance: Daredevil Comics #5 (Lev Gleason)
Ghost of Flanders. Rip Graves fought against the Germans
in occupied Europe. He has above-average (but not superhuman) strength
but no superpowers.
First Appearance: Hit Comics #18 (Quality)
Patrol. Fred, Pedro and Slim were members of the French
Foreign Legion who were killed while attempting to avoid hurting innocents;
they had been ordered to bomb innocent villagers but were dropping the
bombs in the desert when their own plane exploded. (It had been sabotaged)
Rather than going on to their final reward, they were stuck on this plane
as ghosts, and decided to use their new status to fight the Germans and
after the war ordinary criminals. As ghosts they could fly, walk through
walls, and act invisibly. They could also materialize, but were vulnerable
in that form.
First Appearance: Flash Comics #29 (DC)
Gimmick Girl. See Merry the Girl of 1000 Gimmicks.
Commandos. The sidekicks to Pat
Parker, this quartet of American, English, Chinese, and Russian
girls acted as distaff versions of the Boy Commandos,
fighting against the Germans.
First Appearance: Speed Comics #35 (Harvey)
Gladiator. Jakeoster contributes the following:
The Gladiator was really art connoisseur Dan Kenneth. He fought crime dressed as a Roman gladiator.First appearance: Fantastic Comics #23 (Fox)
Arrow. Professor Paul Parsons develops a gas that would
revolutionize air travel. He is testing the gas in a cross-country balloon
trip with his wife and child when the balloon is shot down by Brand Braddock,
who wants the formula for himself. Paul’s son, Roger, is the only survivor.
Roger is carried off by a mountain lion before Braddock can arrive. Roger
is then saved from the mountain lion by prospector Nugget Ned. Ned overhears
Braddock talking about what happened and vows to keep Roger’s identity
a secret. Ned raises Roger, who grows up in the wilds, developing wonderful
strength, reflexes, and eyesight. He becomes uncanny with a bow and arrow,
making the tips of the arrows out of the gold which Ned finds. When Roger
becomes a man Ned has a heart attack and dies, although not before telling
Roger who his real father was. Roger, on his mighty horse White Wind, avenges
his fathers death and then goes on to fight crime on the frontier as the
Golden Arrow. The Arrow had no superpowers but was almost superhumanly
good with his bow and arrow.
First Appearance: Whiz Comics #2 (Fawcett) Note: Michael Norwitz prompts me to mention that some of the Golden Arrow's adventures took place in the Old West, although he also crossed over with Captain Marvel and the other Fawcett characters in one story.
Girl (I). Peggy Shane finds a sliver of Golden
Lad’s Heart of Gold, and when she utters the magic words “Heart
of Gold,” she gains powers like Golden Lad’s. She puts on a costume and
fights crime alongside him. She can fly and has superstrength.
First Appearance: Golden Lad #5 (Spark)
Girl (II). Betsy Ross, a WAC and secret government agent
working for the FBI, was friends with Steve Rogers and Bucky Buchanan during
the early years of the war, and was romantically involved with Steve Rogers.
When Bucky is shot in action, in 1948, Captain
America chooses her to replace Bucky. He trains her and she
puts on the yellow costume of the Golden Girl and helps Cap; at one point
she teamed up with Namora and Sun
Girl. She has no powers, but is a good fighter.
First Appearance: Captain America Comics #66 (Timely)
Lad. Tommy Preston, working in his grandfather's antique
shop, finds the Mixtec/Aztec "Heart of Gold," an artifact empowered by
“the blood of a thousand martyred Aztecs” and which gives “strength and
courage” to those pure of heart and devoted to justice. Tommy only has
to utter the words “Heart of Gold” (in English, of course) and gain his
powers, which he uses to fight crime. Later on Tommy is helped by Golden
Girl. Tommy has superstrength and can fly.
First Appearance: Golden Lad #1 (Spark)
Defender. Stormy Foster is a meek, small, timid and frail
clerk in a pharmacy when he accidentally discovers a “super vitamin pill.”
When he takes the pill he gains great strength and invulnerability. Stormy
keeps up the façade of a meek pharmacy clerk and puts on a costume
and fights crime as the Great Defender.
First Appearance: Hit Comics #18 (Quality)
Arrow. Olvier Queen is a playboy
millionaire with a keen interest in Indian artifacts and lore. He is traveling
to Lost Mesa, hoping to get "valuable Indian remains," when he runs across
Roy Harper and Quoag. Roy was marooned on Lost Mesa after a plane crash
which left him with only Quoag, the family "Indian servant." Roy trained
himself to be an expert with a bow and arrow. Oliver finds Roy and Quoag
at about the same time that several crooks find Oliver. There's a battle
that ends with Oliver and Roy fighting off the criminals and Quoag dead.
Roy and Oliver team up to fight crime as the costumed Green Arrow and Speedy.
Green Arrow is a member of the 7
Soldiers of Victory. Green Arrow does
not have any superpowers, but is an ace archer, has a variety of trick
arrows, and drives the Arrowmobile, a pseudo-Batmobile.
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (DC)
Falcon. The Green Falcon is Robin Hood in all the particulars
First Appearance: Blue Ribbon Comics #4 (Archie)
Giant. This character, who is originless and whose alter
ego is “Brentwood,” fights crime. He is invulnerable and is roughly 15
First Appearance: Green Giant #1 (Pelican)
Green Hornet. Britt Reid, the grand-nephew
of the Lone Ranger, is a bored playboy who with his Filipino valet Kato
fights crime. He has no superpowers, but is good in a fight, drives a fast
roadster called the Black Beauty, and has a sleep-gas gun.
First Appearance: Green Hornet Comics #1 (Harvey)
Knight. Denis Knight dressed in armor and fought criminals.
He was assisted by
the Lance (II).
He had no superpowers.
First Appearance: Bulls-Eye Comics #11 (Harry "A" Chesler)
Lama. Jethro Dumont, a very wealthy college student,
is interested in Buddhism and travels to Tibet to learn more about it.
He studies it for several years, eventually becoming an ordained priest.
At this exalted level he gains powers when he chants the "Jewel Lotus mantra,"
mani padme om. So he decides to return to the US and do something good
with his powers: fighting crime. He sets up in a manse on Park Avenue and
is assisted by his Tibetan valet, Tsarong. He has invulnerability and can
First Appearance: Green Lama # 1 (Prize)
Lantern. Alan Scott, a young engineer,
is the only survivor of a sabotaged train wreck. He wanders away from the
accident but takes with him a green lantern. It begins talking to him,
telling him that it fell to Earth as a meteor hundreds of years ago, having
been transofrmed into a Chinese lamp and then a train lantern via its green
energy. Alan is the newest owner and is the one to fulfill its prophecy.
Alan agrees, puts on a costume, makes a ring from the lantern, and fights
crime. He is a member of the Justice Society
of America. His ring has a 24-hour-long
charge, and with it he can do anything he wants to. However, after 24-hours
the charge is gone and he is powerless. Also, the ring, which can make
green shapes and constructs, is vulnerable to wood.
First Appearance: All-American Comics #16 (DC)
Mask (I). Michael Selby (later Shelby), an independently
wealthy private eye, first becomes the Green Mask to fight crime. Later
on he is placed in a "vita-ray" chamber and subjected to "super-charged
shocks." These give him powers, and he deides to fight crime and rackets
as a "miracle man." He is assisted by
Michael can fly through the air, has super-strength and invulnerability,
and also has various other plot-device powers. He also has and uses guns.
First Appearance: Mystery Men #1 (Fox)
Mask (II). Johnny Green (no relation except through the
name of the hero to Green Mask (I))
gets angry at "crime and injustice." So angry, as a matter of fact, that
when he sees either happening he changes into a full-sized, very strong
and very angry adult--the Green Mask--and goes out and slaps around crime.
Once the threat has passed he turns back into a very tired Johnny Green.
He has no superpowers apart from changing into an adult--and we all do
First Appearance: Green Mask #12 (Fox)
The Green Mist. See Amazing Man.
Turtle. The Green Turtle, originless and nameless, fought
crime and evil in the US but primarily in China. He was assisted by Burma
Boy. He had no powers but was good in a fight and flew the "Turtle
Plane" against the enemy.
First Appearance: Blazing Comics #1 (Enwill Publishing)
Grenade. Jakeoster contributes the following:
Bruce Corbet was inspired to put on a costume and call himself the Grenade in order to avenge his brother who had beenFirst appearance: Captain Flight #5 (Four Star)
killed by a Nazi potato-masher.
Reaper. Bill Norris fought crime and German and Japanese
agents in occupied Europe and America as the costumed Grim Reaper. He had
no superpowers but had and used guns (twin .45s).
First Appearance: The Fighting Yank #7 (Better)
Grady. "The little tramp steamer Suzy-Q lazily
plows thru the South Pacific Ocean...its owner Grit Grady, adventurer,
is as usual looking for trouble...."
First Appearance: Captain Aero #1 (Holyoke)
Guardian. Jim Harper is a product of New York's Suicide
Slum, one of the worst parts of the city. He returns to it as an adult,
now a police man, and vowing to make the slum a better place. He gets beaten
up by local hoods and realizes that he can't fight them under the law.
So he breaks into a costume shop, puts together a disguise (paying for
it, of course), and goes and beats up the hoods. He is assisted by the
Legion. He has no superpowers but is good in a fight and carries
a bulletproof shield.
First Appearance: Star-Spangled Comics #7 (DC)
decides to becomes a costumed fighter just like all the other kids are
doing and becomes the Guardian Angel.
First Appearance: All-American Comics #25 (DC)
Thompson. "Gunner" is a "champion pistol shot" and a
freelance adventurer who hires out to people and towns in need of crimefighters.
First Appearance: Exciting Comics #1 (Better Publications)
G-2, aka Don Leash, was a top secret agent for the U.S. government.
First Appearance: National Comics #27 (Quality)
G-5. See X-5.