Kid. He's your basic wandering cowpoke do-gooder.
Wambi is a youthful Tarzan clone who fights for justice in Africa with
his best friend, Tawn the elephant.
War Bird. Tom Sharp is the War Bird, an exceptional pilot fighting against the Germans. To quote from his first appearance:
Tom Sharp, crack American mail pilot, sought new adventures. Granted a leave of absence, the air man enlisted in the flying forces of the Orient and then in the Spanish Air Force. His daring and courageous flying fighting ability earned him the title of the War Bird. The Spanish war over, the War Bird enlisted with the French Flying Corps. We now find him a Captain of the Eagle Squadron, somewhere on the Western Front.First Appearance: Slam-Bang Comics #1 (Fawcett)
Eagle. Bill Reed is a patriotic fighter for good.
He started in 1929, taking on enemies as various as bootleggers, bond thieves,
and Germans. He could fly.
Eagles. Tim and Tom Shane are the "Devil's Flying Twins"
and the War Eagles, twin brothers and rich American orphans who joined
the British Air Force to fight the Germans. (They had a feud with Herr
Schultz, the German sportsman and "ace polo player," and used WW2 as a
pretext for continuing their fight with him.)
the Wizard. Warlock was a crime-fighting magic-using
stage magician whose enemies were occult and evil. He had a trunk full
of magic items. He's described this way in one issue: "Warlock the Wizard,
last of the White Magicians, spends his life fighting evil, aided by his
magic golden hand, the mystic lamp of the gods, and his talking raven Hugin."
Nurse. Pat Parker, a nurse in England during the War,
is infuriated with the Axis and decides to take more action against them
than just healing the wounded. She wages a guerrilla war against them.
She is assisted by the Girl Commandos.
She has no powers.
Burton Slade, a reporter for the Daily Free Press, decides he needs
to fight crime as well as report on it and puts on a costume to do so.
He is helped by the Wasplet. He has
no powers, although as Michael Norwitz points out "the Wasp is called such
'because his cape looks like a pair of wings,' he makes a buzzing sound
when he's about to strike."
This teenage boy, Jim Watson, is the sidekick of the Wasp.
Raymond, a professor of criminology, wants to understand why criminals
are the way they are (and why his brother turned to crime), and begins
fighting them as the costumed Web. He has no powers.
West Pointer. "Keith Kornell, 19-year-old Kentucky mountaineer,
is a collateral decendant (sic) of President Andrew Jackson. Son of a World
War hero, Keith was orphaned at the age of 5, when both of his parents
succumbed to the ravages of pneumonia epidemic. Reared by a poor relative,
Keith's life has been one of dire poverty." But he's nonetheless a "mental
and physical marvel" and gets appointed to West Point, where he does good
and fights crime and wickedness aided by his talking Bible. (Okay, he doesn't
have a talking Bible, but that would have made this strip more interesting,
wouldn't it have?)
Whip. In the 1840s Don Suarez, a Mexican aristocrat,
helped fight for the oppressed peasantry as the costumed El Castigo,
the Whip. In the 1940s Rodney Gaynor, an upper-class Easterner, is traveling
through the American southwest when he notices that, gosh, landowners are
oppressing the poor! He's shocked--shocked, do you hear! So he puts
on a costume and affects a really bad and stereotyped Mexican accest and
fights crime and evil. He has no special powers but is a good fighter,
is good with a whip, and is a good horseback rider (he's a polo rider back
Whirlwind is Terry Turner, an up-and-coming young boxer.
Carter. Whirlwind Carter is an ace agent for the Interplanetary
Secret Service in an unnamed year in the future. He lives "on the highly
civilized planet of Venus," where he keeps track of the other planets "through
his powerful scopes and super television sets." When "hordes of grotesque
Martian soldiers" (the narrator isn't kidding; they look like walking alligators
and are grotesque as only Basil Wolverton could make them) invade the Earth
and capture "millions of Earthpeople," Whirlwind whirls into action, rescuing
the kidnapped Earthers and equipping them with "our elastic-gas bombs"
so that he can lead them on an invasion of Earth. Along with his sidekick/love
interest Brenda, Whirlwind rescues Earth and drives the Martians "past
the 50,000 mile limit." The story ends with whirlwind being appointed "Head
of the Earth Department of the Interplanetary Secret Service." He later
fights the men of the "Planet of Black Light--the coldest planet in space!"
Whirlwind's ships are equipped with advanced weaponry, and although he
has no superpowers he is good in a fight.
Whistler. Jakeoster contributes the following:
Mallory Drake fights crime as the Whistler. His "power" is to scare criminals by whistling. He’s also handy with his fists.First appearance: National Comics #48 (Quality)
Hunters of the African Safari. Buck, Slim and Rex are
three white men who hunt in the veldt and jungles of Africa as big game
hunters, dealing shotgun blows to evil.
Panther. The White Panther is actually the last survivor
of an ancient tribe which once lived in a city deep in the African jungle.
Just before his father died the Panther was told by his father that he
has the ability to foretell the future and that he should use this power
to "destroy evil, that only the good can survive." The White Panther goes
on to do just that.
Rajah. David Scott is the White Rajah, a white teenager
having adventures in a Kipling-esque India, full of tigers, savages, and
magic-making Counts and swamis. The White Rajah rules the jungle kingdom
White Rider. Young Peter, of no particular last name,
is orphaned when the stage coach on which he and his parents are riding
is held up. Peter is knocked into a stream and drifts into a lost valley
full of horses and an old man. One of the horses, an intelligent white
stallion, pulls Peter from the waters and then saves his life when a black
steed attacks him. Peter is then found by the old man and raised in the
valley, which "because of the extreme depth of the canyon" has a greater
"pull of gravity." Peter grows up to be very strong and a "grim, silent
figure--skilled with both rope and gun." Likewise, the horse, whom Peter
has named Cloud, becomes Peter's best friend. Together, they fight crime
as the masked White Rider and Superhorse.
Streak. White Streak was actually Manowar, an android
created centuries ago by a South American civilization to help mankind
during times of war. He was deactivated long ago and lay inactive in an
American museum until he was awakened by German bombers. He destroyed them,
then decided to fight for America against the Axis. In his civilian identity
he is Dan Sanders, an FBI agent. His powers include superstrength, limited
invulnerability, flight, and “knife-like” eyebeams.
Whizzer. Dr. Emil Frank is deep in the African jungles
when his son, Bob, comes down with a fever. As he lays dying, a snake moves
to bite Bob, only to be killed by a mongoose. Dr. Frank is seized by the
idea of giving his son a blood transfusion from the mongoose. The transfusion
works, curing Bob Frank and giving him superspeed. However, Dr. Frank dies
of the strain. So Bob Frank goes to New York, puts on a yellow and blue
costume, and goes out to fight crime and the Axis, eventually joining the
Grant, world heavyweight champion, is framed in a crooked fight and puts
on a cat costume to clear himself and fight crime. He is partnered with
Skinny Skinner, his manager and sidekick, and is a member of the Justice
Society of America. He has no powers but is, after all, the
heavyweight champion of the world.
Carol Vance Martin received her powers from the god of fire. She has control
of the West. In the modern (not Old) West Wilton fights
crime on horseback as the masked Crimson Rider.
Wing is the valet of Lee Travers, aka the Crimson
Avenger. If need be Wing is also his sidekick, out of costume
and in. He has no superpowers but is a good martial artist and fighter.
Brady. Wing Brady is a member of the French Foreign Legion
fighting against the vicious Bedouins (sic) and other evil dwellers of
the desert. He is helped by his friend Slim. He is a good pilot, good shot,
and good fighter.
Wing-Ding is the Chinese secretary of Link Thorne.
She is beautiful, efficient, resourceful, and has a good sense of humor.
She also saves Link's life on a few occasions. Wing-Ding is one of Kirby's
best creations and is quite attractive as a character.
Turner. Wing is an "air detective."
Walker. Wing is a skilled and clever pilot who takes
on and defeats criminals wherever he finds them.
Wendall. Captain Wings Wendall is the best officer in
the American Military Intelligence Service. He's a top pilot, too.
No origin was given for the Witness. He had no superpowers, but was good
with his fists and was a killer vigilante.
Blane Whitney is the great-great-grandson of a Revolutionary War hero and
a brother who is the Chief of Naval Intelligence in Washington. With a
pedigree like that you know he'll turn out well, and so he does. He trains
himself, starting as a child, to be a "Super-Brain," and succeeds, gaining
clairvoyance and a photographic memory. In addition, after being blinded
early on he regains his sight and develops an invulnerable costume for
himself. Finally, he has a "Dynamagno-Saw Ray Projector," an "H2-VX-O Ray,"
and "Secret Formula F22X."
Wells. "Wizard Wells, a former All-American half back,
has become one of the nation's outstanding inventors and research scientists...with
the doubtful assistance of Tub, a punch-drunk ex-fighter who has attached
himself to Wells, the young inventor works in his penthouse laboratory."
in Red. Peggy Allen is a police detective who is frustrated
with the strictures of the Law and decides to fight crime outside of it,
as the costumed Woman in Red. She has no superpowers but packed heat.
Boy (I). Dick Cole is left as an infant orphan at the
doorstep of the famous-but-genial Professor Blair of the Farr Military
Academy. The Prof decides that he's going to make this child as all-around
wonderful as it is possible for man to be. So Dick gets a wealth of training
and by his teenage years is superstrong, has great recovery skills, and
is a great athlete and acrobat. He uses these abilities to excel at the
Academy and to fight crime.
Boy (II). This nameless alien in the shape of a young
boy came to Earth from outer space, fighting for crime once he got here.
He is helped by his girlfriend Sally Benson (although Wonder Boy is probably
too young to be having impure thoughts). He has "the strength of a thousand
men," although he is not invulnerable.
Man (I). Fred Carson is a radio engineer who likes
to travel on his vacations. He's in Tibet when a yogi gives him a magic
ring to fight for "humanity and justice." This gives him the powers of
superstrength, performing Hulk leaps, and repelling bullets.
Man (II). "Mystico" is a mummy which is stolen from its
museum by a mad scientist, who then tries his life-restoring "vita-ray"
on the mummy. That kooky mad scientist, though, has the vita-ray turned
up too high, and it explodes, destroying the scientist's lab and killing
the scientist. Mystico is brought to life, though, and decides to fight
crime. He has various plot-necessity magical powers.
Wonderman. See Brad Spencer.
Woman. Wonder Woman, an Amazon from Paradise Island,
is sent to the man's world to bring peace, even if she has to kick butt
to do so. In her civilian identity she is Diana Prince, a nurse for the
Army. She is a member of the Justice Society of
America. She has superstrength, is very fast and tough, can
block bullets and other projectiles with her magic bracelets, and has a
magic lasso which forces those tied up by it to tell the truth; when she
is bound, she loses her powers.
Gary Kennedy is killed by criminals, thus freeing him from mortal concerns.
He can finally concentrate on his hobby, fighting crime. He can become
solid, when he has mild super-strength, or he can become a ghost and fly
around and possess other people's bodies.
Kid. Bill Polk, as a teenager, loses his father to murder
and tries to avenge him. This involves searching all over the West while
taking various jobs as a bronco bucker, army scout, deputy, and prospector.
He never does find him, but he keeps wandering and looking. He rides Racer
and is good with his guns.