The Golden Age Heroes Directory: W

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Waco Kid. He's your basic wandering cowpoke do-gooder.
First Appearance: Mystery Men #1 (Fox Features)

Wambi. Wambi is a youthful Tarzan clone who fights for justice in Africa with his best friend, Tawn the elephant.
First Appearance: Jungle Comics #1 (Fiction House)

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)

War 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.
First Appearance: Crime Does Not Pay Comics #22 (Lev Gleason)

War 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.)
First Appearance: Zip Comics #1 (Archie)

Warlock 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."
First Appearance: Nickel Comics #1 (Fawcett)

War 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.
First Appearance: Speed Comics #13 (Harvey)

Wasp. 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."
First Appearance: Silver Streak Comics #1 (Lev Gleason)

Wasplet. This teenage boy, Jim Watson, is the sidekick of the Wasp.
First Appearance: Shadow Comics #7 (Street and Smith)

Web. John 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.
First Appearance: Zip Comics #42 (Archie)

The 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?)
First Appearance: Top-Notch Comics #1 (MLJ)

The 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 East)
First Appearance: Flash Comics #1 (DC)

Whirlwind. Whirlwind is Terry Turner, an up-and-coming young boxer.
First Appearance: Daredevil Comics #2 (Lev Gleason)

Whirlwind 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.
First Appearance: Daring Mystery Comics #4 (Timely)

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)

White 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.
First Appearance: Jungle Comics #1 (Fiction House)

White 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.
First Appearance: Jungle Comics #1 (Fiction House)

White 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 of Ramistan.
First Appearance: Master Comics #1 (Fawcett)

The 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.
First Appearance: Blue Bolt #1 (Funnies, Inc)

White 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.
First Appearance: Target Comics #1 (Novelty)

The 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 All-Winners Squad.
During his adventures in the Golden Age he is shown, on more than one occasion, to be active in African-American neighborhoods--a rarity for GA heroes--and to have an African-American sidekick named "Slow-Motion Jones."
First Appearance: USA Comics #1 (Timely)

Wildcat. Ted 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.
First Appearance: Sensation Comics #1 (DC)

Wildfire. Carol Vance Martin received her powers from the god of fire. She has control over flames.
First Appearance: Smash Comics #25 (Quality)

Wilton of the West. In the modern (not Old) West Wilton fights crime on horseback as the masked Crimson Rider.
First Appearance: sometime before or in Jumbo Comics #9 (Quality)

Wing. 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.
First Appearance: Deetective Comics #20 (DC)

Wing 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.
First Appearance: New Fun Comics #1 (DC)

Wing-Ding. 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.
First Appearance: somewhere in or before Airboy Comics v4 n5 (Hillman)

Wing Turner. Wing is an "air detective."
First Appearance: Mystery Men #1 (Fox Features)

Wing Walker. Wing is a skilled and clever pilot who takes on and defeats criminals wherever he finds them.
First Appearance: New Comics #2 (DC)

Wings Wendall. Captain Wings Wendall is the best officer in the American Military Intelligence Service. He's a top pilot, too.
First Appearance: Smash Comics #1 (Quality)

Witness. No origin was given for the Witness. He had no superpowers, but was good with his fists and was a killer vigilante.
First Appearance: Mystic Comics #7 (Timely)

Wizard. 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."
First Appearance: Top-Notch #1 (Archie)

Wizard 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."
First Appearance: Crack Comics #1 (Quality)

Woman 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.
First Appearance: Thrilling Comics #2 (Better Publications)

Wonder 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.
First Appearance: Blue Bolt #1 (Funnies, Inc)

Wonder 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.
First Appearance: National Comics #1 (Quality)

Wonder 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.
First Appearance: Wonder Comics #1 (Fox)

Wonder 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.
First Appearance: Startling #1 (Better)

Wonderman. See Brad Spencer.

Wonder 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.
First Appearance: Sensation Comics #1 (DC).

Wraith. 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.
First Appearance: Mystery Men #26 (Fox)

Wyoming 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.
First Appearance: Western Comics #1 (DC)