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Mister Terrific (Terry Sloane) first starred in Sensation Comics # 1 (National Periodical Publications Inc., January 1942). Created by Charles and Hal Sharpe. Terry Sloane is a self-made millionaire who has a photographic memory, Olympic-level athletic skills and mastery of martial arts to virtual Renaissance man. He graduated from college at the age of 13; he eventually became the best known business leader in the community. Having achieved his goals, he felt there were no challenges left, so he decides to commit suicide. But when he sees a young woman jumping from a bridge, Sloane is prompted to save her life. The woman, Wanda Wilson is promised by Sloane to help her brother, who was caught with a bad group. Sloane adopts a costume, whose superhero persona is Mr. Terrific. This has given him what he has lost, a sense of accomplishment. Later Mr. Terrific creates the "Fair Play Club" to stymie the growing youth delinquency.

1942 Allan and his wife Eva Kampe were flying over the North Pole. Their plane leaked oil and had an accident in the winter landscape. Allan and Eve, were then rescued by four people who claimed that they head of the so-called Hjärntrusten ("Brain Trust"). After seeing the advanced technology Allan and Eve decided to join the Brain Trust, and so the adventure begins. Allan and Eva Kampe - two pilots, are working to get as many opportunities to develop their skills from the Brain Trust, as they are often flying different types of aircraft and spacecraft. Although Allan is the leader, Eva is not far behind, if at all. She is stubborn and a wise women who is interested in creating new technologies. The Brain Trust was set up by people who think that they can solve many problems in the world by science and advanced technology. In fact, both the Brain Trust and the 'bad guys' use the same advanced technology, just in different ways - some examples are a form of nuclear propulsion, ion-based, spacecraft, a space station that is annular, a circular "televisore", all these things plus climate change technology. Allan Kämpe was a Swedish science fiction comic, created by writer, journalist and artist Eugen Semitjov (1923-1987) in December 1942.

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby moved to National Periodical Publications in 1942. The pair revamped the Sandman feature in Adventure Comics and created the superhero Manhunter. In July 1942, they began the Boy Commandos feature as a back-up. The current 'boy gang "series, Boy Commando, launched later that same year was the creative team's first National feature to graduate into its own title, it sold over a million copies a month, becoming National's third best-selling title. They also scored a hit with the home front kid-gang team, the Newsboy Legion in Star-Spangled Comics featuring the costumed Guardian who carried a shield in the shape of a police badge no less!

Crime Does Not Pay keeps the numbering of Silver Streak Comics with issue #22 in July 1942. It featured articles and comic stories about real criminals and was written by Biro and Wood. It was a great success despite the dubious content. Wertham would have a field day with this book many years later.

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Virtual Newsstand For 1942



Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard dies in a plane crash aged 33. She had just raised over $2 million in defense bonds at a rally that evening more ...


Newspaper headlines about Japanese American internment
Executive order 9066 allows U.S. military to define exclusion zones. Many Japanese Americans are sent to internment camps more ...


Prisoners in Belzec extermination camp
Belzec, the first Nazi German extermination camp is created in Poland. Approximately 500,000 are killed in just 9 months more ...


Some of the Doolittle Raiders
Lieutenant Colonel James 'Jimmy' Doolittle plans & leads the first U.S. air raid to strike the Japanese Home Islands more ...


WACs operating teletype machines
The Women's Army Corps (WAC) is created as an auxiliary unit about 150,000 women will serve during the war years more ...


Car in which Heydrich was fatally injured
Czech paratroopers attempt to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, a main architect of the Holocaust. He dies 8 days later more ...


Messerschmitt Me-262
The Messerschmitt Me 262, the world's first operational jet fighter aircraft, flies using only its jets for the first time more ...


Quit India Picketing
'Quit India' resolution is passed by the All India Congress Committee, starting widespread civil disobedience more ...


A Japanese tank at Milne Bay
The Battle of Milne Bay begins. The Japanese attack on the Australian garrison is their first failure in the Pacific campaign more ...


A V2 rocket
The first V-2 rocket is successfully launched from Peenemunde Germany. It is the first man-made object to reach space more ...


Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca
Casablanca premieres at the Hollywood Theater in New York. The classic film stars Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman more ...


Manhattan District Logo
As part of the Manhattan Project a team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction more ...

Unknown Month In 1942

First extermination camp opens - Casablanca premieres - First V-2 rocket launched - Carole Lombard dies in plane crash more ...
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