and Jill. Jack and Jill Doe are a married pair of wise-cracking
amateur detectives. Think Nick and Nora Charles, but in the comics and
not as good.
Andrews. Jack is a resolute and square-jawed high school
student and four-star athlete who gets himself into lots of trouble fighting
crime and criminals.
Dale. "Flying Cadet Jack Dale" is an Army Air Force cadet
at Randolph Field, Texas--"the West Point of the Air"--who helps save fellow
pilots during test runs. He then goes on to have various aerial adventures
while still a Cadet.
Dewey. Jack Dewey is the youthful (12 years old, maybe)
midshipman on the Hornet, a sloop cruising along the United States
coast soon after the Revolutionary War. As is the way of things, through
stout heart and strong arm Jack succeeds and begins making his way up the
chain of command.
Frost. Jack Frost is a native of the Arctic. He finds
a gold prospector dying of a gunshot wound, and goes to New York City to
avenge the prospector's death. He does so, saving the prospector's daughter
in the process but making himself an outlaw. Despite this he goes on to
fight crime and evil. He can generate cold and project icicles.
Jackie Law. Saith Ronald Byrd:
Dressed in matching t-shirts, Jackie's peers included Buck, Corny, Froggy, and Gorilla (only the latter was given much of a personality; a scrawny pipsqueak of a lad, Gorilla was the Boy Ranger always most eager for a fight (it's irony, get it? get it?)). Although commanding the hollow robot-vehicle Loco in one adventure (a Ranger in each limb and Jackie in the torso, predating the Power Rangers by a good five decades or so), the Boy Rangers were primarily just the usual band of typical pre-teen boys who could easily outfight a band of hardened criminals or invading Nazis, leading one to wonder why the juvenile delinquent problem wasn't solved simply by shipping any troublesome young blades overseas.First Appearance: Clue Comics #1 (Hillman)
of Spades. An innocent man is murdered in a gambling
den. His last card, the Jack of Spades, falls from his hand and comes to
life as it hits the floor. Jack swears to avenge the man and to rid the
entire world of crime. He then "returns to his paper form, where he may
always be found in any deck of cards awaiting the call of mystery and adventure
in his battle against the forces of evil." He can also fly and he has a
very stretchable cloak.
Terry. Captain Jack Terry is an American Army Air Force
pilot who fights against saboteurs and all things German. He's a two-fisted
hero of the usual sort.
Wander. Jack Wander is an American reporter and war correspondent
sent to Europe to cover the war. His ship is sunk by a U-boat and he is
taken prisoner by the sub's crew, only to be freed when the U-boat is bombed
by a British plane. After all of that Jack makes it to Britain and begins
doing his job. However, he redefines the parameters of his job so that
it includes actively opposing the Germans, investigating and exposing spies,
and in general making the news rather than just covering it. He is helped
by his best friend George Melton.
Woods. Jack is a do-gooding cowboy who fights for
good and against them durn Mexicans down in Nogales. He has no superpowers
but, like all the other comic book cowboys, is good in a fight and with
Drake. "Sheldon Drake, prominent attorney, finds that
his daughter, Jane, much to his discontent, gets herself involved in cases
that come through his office. Jane's secret ambition is to be a woman detective.
Her chief aid and best boy friend is Jerry King, who lives next door. He
isn't much interested in Jane's plans to wipe out crime. However, despite
his many protests he usually gets himself involved iwth Jane in her many
Martin. Jane Martin, the "War Nurse" (not to be confused
with the War Nurse) breaks hearts,
heals breaks, and spies on the Germans from London.
Johnson. Lieutenant Doug Johnson, a native Bostonian,
is better known as "Jap Buster Johnson," one of the most bloodthirsty of
Marvel's WW2 military characters. He is serving as a U.S. Naval Air Force
officer on a U.S. aircraft carrier "steaming off the Hawaiian Islands"
when his carrier is strafed by a Japanese Zero fighter. His best friend
Dave Nichols is killed during the attack, and in retaliation he hops in
his plane and goes on to wipe out a wing of Zeroes. Not content with that,
he hops in a Zero in a Japanese uniform, goes to a secret Japanese island
base somewhere in the Pacific, infiltrates it and calls in an air raid
to destroy it. And that's only in his first appearance. The rest of his
episodes (the ones I've read, anyhow) are pretty much like that--lots of
action with a high body count across the Pacific, with Johnson continually
invoking Dave's name.
"Jaxon of the Jungle" is Mike Jaxon, "adventurer and expert jungle guide,"
who is active in Africa doing the Great White Hunter/Explorer thing..
Barter. Jeff Barter is a trader in Africa, who with his
assistant Ted Collins tries to make a profit while fighting evil and helping
the "good" natives against the "bad" natives.
Dix. Jeff Dix is better known as "Corporal Dix" or "Sergeant
Dix," depending on the issue. He is "the tough guy of Uncle Sam's army,"
a two-fisted patriot who fights for good on the homefront, whether at his
parents' house, on the Army base, or while on leave in the big city. He
never seems to make it to the frontlines in the stories I've read with
him, although he does get transferred to the Panama Canal in one story,
where he and his (stereotypical) African-American best friend Fish-Face
Friday fight off an attack by Japanese bombers. In most
Lane is a rookie cop on the NYC force who tends to make the other cops
laugh through his own clumsiness. Chuck decides to capitalize on this by
dressing up in a jester outfit and fight crime as The Jester. He had no
superpowers, but was agile and a good fighter.
Dawson. Dawson is a soldier of fortune active in the
Dolan. Dolan is a two-fisted crime-fighting magazine
editor. He's a former F.B.I. agent and is the editor of Daring Detective
Magazine who "goes out after unsolved cases--solves them and brings
back the story."
Giant. Jim Giant is "the strongest man in the universe."
In the future "hordes of savage warriors" sweep across the world, using
advanced technology and "deadly ray guns" to attack civilization. The big
Jim Giant, who is about ten feet tall, gets involved (at the urging of
"his good friend, a scientist." Naturally, Jim has great superstrength
and quickly destroys the invasion.
Hatfield. Jim Hatfield is a Texas Ranger active in the
Jimmy Jupiter. Jimmy Jupiter is a child who has the ability to travel to, in the words of the indefatiguable Ronald Byrd,
Little Nemoish fantasy-lands
inhabited by intelligent insects, talking clocks, fairies, demons, and
the like. His two friends from
He is from the real world and is based here,
and when a group of bullies picks on a new kid Jimmy comes ot the new kid's
aid. The people
Darrel Creig is the 16-year-old sidekick of 13.
He is very lucky, like 13, although it's unclear whether this is a superpower
Mason. Joan Mason is "the country's leading girl reporter."
She's beautiful and clever and works for the Daily Planet. (!) She
is helped by police officer Mike Mannigan, but it is Joan rather than Mike
who is usually responsible for bringing in the bad guys. She provides the
brain, he provides the brawn.
Jo-Jo is a Tarzan clone who keeps the peace in the jungle with the help
of his girlfriend Tanee.
Law. John grows up on the wrong side of the tracks--"Crossroad
City"'s Lower East Side. His father is a widower, a worn-out pug and lowlife
crook. John's father accidentally kills his best friend, Officer Serf,
during a robbery, and the kills himself. John goes to work as a clerk in
the D.A.'s office and then joins the police force, fighting crime and implicitly
stopping people from becoming like his father. He has no superpowers, but
is "strong, decent, and believes in the rules he defends." He has no superpowers
and is missing his left eye.
Steele. During the early days of World War Two "Soldier
of Fortune" John Steele fights for the the Allies in the European front
lines. He's very strong, capable of knocking a man several feet into the
air with one blow and ripping a steel hatch open with his bare hands (his
strength is arguably superhuman), and is a capable hand-to-hand fighter.
He's also relentless, not willing to let a little thing like exploding
grenades or dive-bombing Stukas slow him down.
Law. Johnnie is a tough rookie cop whose beat is the
"poor tenement district of the Lower East Side."
Canuck. Johnny is one of Canada's foremost heroes,
a top pilot, Air Force Captain, and secret agent both on the front lines
of WWII and in occupied territory. He has no superpowers but is a very
tough fighter and an excellent pilot.
Peril. Johnny Peril is an adventurer of a sort, although
his exact profession—private eye? Reporter? World-weary existentialist?—is
never made clear. Nor is his background and personal history. Suffice it
to say that he’s an adventurer who tangles with nearly every sort of enemy
in nearly every sort of background, from the jungles of the Congo to the
concrete jungles of New York to the moon. He has no superpowers, but he’s
tough, clever, and skilled, and good enough with knife and gun that he
never needs powers.
Quick. Johnny Chambers was taught by Professor Gill,
his legal guardian, a mathematical formula, "3X2(9YZ)4A," which when uttered
bestow superspeed. Chambers used this power to fight crime as the heroic
Johnny Quick. In his civilian identity he is a cameraman for a newspaper.
He is assisted by his portly sidekick and stereotype Tubby Watts. His superpower
is superspeed, which also allows him to fly.
Rebel (I). Johnny Bailey, a blond teenager, is "Johnny
Rebel," a fighter for good in the Antebellum South. He is assisted by a
racist stereotype, the black slave Rufus.
Johnny Rebel (II). Jakeoster contributes the following:
Johnny Rebel fought crime in the southern states wearing a costume given to him by his grandfather Bailey. He had noFirst appearance: Yankee Comics #2 (Dynamic)
Thunder (I). Johnny Thunder, born on the seventh
day of the seventh month of 1917 at seven A.M., is given the power of mastery
over a pink lightning bolt, which obeys his wishes and is extremely
powerful. In his civilian identity he is a moron. He is a member of
the Justice Society of America which
was clearly in need of comic relief when they took him onboard. His superpower
is to command the lightning bolt, which is a kind of genie which will do
anything when commanded by the magic words, "Cei-u."
Thunder (II). John Tane was forced, by his dying mother,
to promise never to use a gun and instead to become a schoolteacher. All
well and good, but when he tries to teach peace, rather than enforce it,
he is looked down upon by his father, who wanted him to be a shootist.
So John puts on make-up and a costume and fights crime as Johnny Thunder,
the only law west of the Pecos. He is helped by Black Lightning, the wonder
horse. Johnny Thunder has no superpowers but is really good with his guns.
Linton. Jon Linton is a "flyer, scientist, adventurer"
who fights against the evil alien Nogos in the year 2000 on "Quinton, Land
of the 5th Dimension." Jon does this with the help of his friends Dr. Kane,
Lisa Kane (Jon's sweetie), and Alpha-712, a native of Quinton who can "make
from mental force anything they have seen or understand." After beating
the Nogos Jon et al travel back in time and arrive on Earth in the
Jim, of no last name, has to watch as his father is killed and then the
murderer, due to scared witnesses, goes free. Jim devotes himself to the
law, wanting to avenge his father. He becomes a judge, and a hangin’ one,
but when the law is insufficient he puts on a mask and takes a gavel to
crooks as the Judge.
of the Jungle. She is a Sheena
clone with a pet black panther named Kala and a Great White Hunter boyfriend
named Pistol Roberts.
"Rising from the dark recesses of Equatorial Africa is a legend of Jun-Gal,
white goddess of a native tribe who guards THE PIT OF DEATH!" She's actually
the daughter of Professor John Teal and was raised by a native tribe after
Teal's death. Unfortunately, the strip is more than usually racist for
this sort of thing and I don't have the stomach to continue reading it.
Boy. A white boy raised in the jungle Tarzan-style. His
real name is Bomba.
King. Lee Granger, a scientist-explorer, is the Jungle
King, a Tarzan-type accompanied by Eric, an intelligent, English-speaking
lion. (Granger taught Eric how to speak English) He's known as the Jungle
King for his good deeds and for "organizing a pygmy community along modern
Jungleman is a Tarzan type accompanied by Keeta, an albino tiger, and operating
in the jungles around Angkor Wat.
Twins. Bill and Steve Dale are the Jungle Twins, Tarzan
types fighting crime and evil in the jungle.
Rangers. The Junior Rangers were Smokey, Roger, Chan,
and a few others. These were kids of various ethnicities who came together
to fight crime and do good.
"Jupiter is sent from his planet to Earth to clean up the evil corruption."
He is "the master magician" and can perform all sorts of feats with his
magic, which is not of the backwards-speaking variety.
Society of America. First and greatest of all the
Golden Age superteams, the Justice Society of America, or JSA, was formed
first by a group of heroes sitting around shooting the bull, and later
formed to fight threats. The JSA's membership consisted of the Atom,
Batman, Dr. Fate, Dr. Mid-Nite, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Hourman,
Johnny Thunder, Mr. Terrific, Red Tornado, Robin, Sandman, Spectre, Superman,
Wildcat, and Wonder
Just 'n' Right. Jakeoster contributes the following:
Justin Wright was a lumberjack who parents had been murdered. He puts on a blue business suit and ties his mother’s scarfFirst appearance: Dollman #1 (Quality)