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Archie Andrews, created by Bob Montana, first appears in Pep Comics #22, published by MLJ Magazines. - Archibald "Archie" Andrews (Archi Gómez in the Spanish version of the comics) debuted in Pep Comics 22 (December, 1941).

Nelvana of the Northern Lights, created by Adrian Dingle, first appears in Triumph-Adventure Comics #1 (Hillborough Studios, August 1941) - Nelvana is a powerful Inuit mythological figure, protecting the people of the North with her superhuman abilities.

Plastic Man, created by writer-artist Jack Cole, first appears in Police Comics #1, published by Quality Comics. Plastic Man was a crook named Patrick "Eel" O'Brian. After an accident his body had all of the properties of rubber, allowing him to stretch, bounces, and mold himself into any shape. He immediately determined to use his new abilities on the side of law and order, donning a red, black and yellow (later red and yellow) rubber costume he set out capturing the criminals as Plastic Man. He concealed his true identity with a pair of white goggles and by re-molding his face. As O'Brian, he maintained his career and connections with the underworld as a means of gathering information on criminal activity and later with an official affiliation with the F.B.I. Cole, the genius behind Plastic Man would later to go on to commit suicide.

Speedy in More Fun Comics #73 (National Allied Publications, November) - The Speedy's real name was Roy Harper, Jr.. He first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941).

In an October 25, 1940 interview with the Family Circle magazine, William Moulton Marston discussed the unfulfilled potential of the medium. This article caught the attention of comic's publisher Max Gaines, who hired Marston as an educational consultant for National Periodicals and All-American Publications. At that time, Marston decided to develop a new superhero, it was Marston's wife Elizabeth's idea to create a female super heroine. William Moulton Marston, a psychologist already famous for inventing the polygraph (forerunner to the magic lasso), struck upon an idea for a new kind of superhero, one who would triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love. Marston introduced the idea to Gaines.

Given the go-ahead, Marston developed Wonder Woman with Elizabeth, whom Marston believed to be a model of that era's unconventional, liberated woman. Marston was also inspired by Olive Byrne, who lived with the couple in a polygamous/polyandrous relationship. Both women served as exemplars for the character and greatly influenced the character's creation. Wonder Woman debuted in All Star Comics #8 (December 1941), scripted by Marston and with art by Harry G. Peter. Wonder Woman was initially named "Suprema" in Marston's first script, but this name was dropped. Sensation Comics #1 (January 1942) was Wonder Woman's first cover appearance. Marston's experience with polygraphs convinced him that women were more honest and reliable than men and could work more efficiently. "Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world", Marston wrote. In a 1943 issue of The American Scholar, Marston wrote: Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, and peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman. Initially, Wonder Woman was an Amazon champion who wins the right to return Steve Trevor - a United States intelligence officer whose plane had crashed on the Amazons' isolated island homeland - to "Man's World" and to fight crime and the evil of the Nazis. During this period, Wonder Woman joined the Justice Society of America as the team's secretary.

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Virtual Newsstand For 1941



Howitzers firing in Tobruk
Australian & British forces capture Italian held Tobruk. The harbor is strategically important to supply a desert campaign more ...


Lothar von Arnauld de la Periere
Lothar von Arnauld de la Periere is killed in a plane crash. The World War I U-boat commander sank a record 194 ships more ...


Roosevelt Signs The Lend Lease Bill
President Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Bill to supply materials to the Allies. This ends U.S. pretense of neutrality more ...


America First Logo
The America First Committee holds its first mass rally in New York City. It will shut down after the attack on Pearl Harbor more ...


Rudolf Hess
After a solo flight, Rudolf Hess deputy chief of the Nazi Party parachutes into Scotland. He claims it is a peace mission more ...


Map of Operation Barbarossa
Over 4 million Axis soldiers invade the USSR, code named Operation Barbarossa it is the largest invasion in warfare history more ...


Special Air Service in North Africa
The British Army form the Special Air Service (SAS). A commando force to operate behind enemy lines in North Africa more ...


A Willys MB U.S. Army jeep
Production starts on the Willys MB, a four-wheel drive utility vehicle. The U.S. Jeep will become an iconic symbol of WWII more ...


Yellow Jude badge
A decree signed by Reinhard Heydrich requires Jews aged 6 or over to wear the Star of David with 'Jew' inscribed more ...


Mount Rushmore Monument
Carving George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt & Abraham Lincoln on Mount Rushmore finally finishes more ...


HMS Ark Royal sinking
The British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal is torpedoed by the German submarine U-81. She sinks the following day more ...


The 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor
Japanese aircraft launch an attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. America is now a combatant in World War II more ...

Unknown Month In 1941

Rudolf Hess flies to Scotland - Jews forced to wear Star of David - Japanese attack Pearl Harbor - Axis soldiers invade Russia more ...
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