- Robin Hood and the Sherwood characters (New Adventure Comics #23, January 1938).
- Superman (Action Comics #1, June 1938), along with him Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Lex Luthor, the Prankster, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Toy-man, the Puzzler.
- Batman (Detective Comics #27, May 1939), aong with him Comissioner Gordon, Hugo Strange, Robin, the Joker, Catwoman, the Scarecrow, the Penguin, Two-Face, the Cavalier, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Mad Hatter, the Riddler. Alfred was switched from Beagle to Pennyworth at some point.
- Wonder Woman (All-Star Comics #8, Dec. 1941), along with Steve Trevor, Etta Candy, Ares (often "Mars"), Cheetah, Dr. Psycho, Giganta and Angle Man.
- Aquaman (More Fun Comics #73, Nov. 1941).
- Green Arrow and Speedy (More Fun Comics #73, Nov. 1941).
- Congo Bill (More Fun Comics #56, Jun. 1940).
The titles or features of those characters survived through out the 50s, in which the industry was damaged even more by McCarthism, the efforts of Dr. Fredric Wertham and the Comics Code Authority, all of which caused the comics to be heavily censored. Plots became childish and often ludicrous. Additionally, by the mid 50s the focus concentrated on space and sci-fi, do even Batman started to fight alien invaders. This is the early Silver Age period, and it's around this point, 1956, that National Comics (known as "Superman - DC") decided to reintroduce the Flash. Only this time they decided to change his identity. The original Flash was last published in 1949, so the man responsible for this, editor Julius Schwartz felt that it was necessary to reintroduce the character to the new readers of the time. He also felt the need to update him for the 50s. Consequently, the new Flash kept his powers, name and even started his adventures with one of his main villains (the Turtle became Turtle Man); however, his secret identity wasn't Jay Garrick, the college student from Keystone City, but Barry Allen, the police scientist from Central City.
After the success of Flash, National revived old properties in the same fashion with different identities: Green Lantern (1959), Hawkman, Hawkgirl and the Atom (1961); all of them were All-American characters and the the sources of their super powers relied more heavily on sci-fi elements.
Hawkman and Hawkgirl (Flash Comics #1, Jan. 1940) got almost identical Earth-One counterparts for the Silver Age in 1961, including very similar uniforms and the same civilian names, only their back-story was completely changed. In the Golden Age, they are reincarnated royalty of ancient Egypt; in the Silver Age, they were aliens. One of their enemies, James Craddock a.k.a. the Ghost, also got an almost identical counterpart, this time called the Gentleman Ghost.
Another important revamp of this era is the Justice League of America, which took the premise of the Justice Society to a grander scale, starting its roster with the most popular superheroes of DC at the time (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, the Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern) and then increasing it with the best next characters (Green Arrow, the Atom, Hawkman and eventually Black Canary, Elongated Man, Red Tornado, Hawkgirl, Zatanna and Firestorm).
The practice of creating new versions of the Golden Age heroes slowed down after the creation of the new Atom. The probably because, exactly the same month, August 1961, Jay Garrick was reintroduced in the pages of Flash. It was then explained that the adventures of the contemporary superheroes took place on a reality "Earth-One" and that the old Golden Age ones were alive on "Earth-Two". The characters from Earth-Two started their superheroic careers between 1938 and 1943 and the ones from Earth-One around 1954.
- Robotman (1963)
- Red Tornado (1968)
- Manhunter (1973), and
- Sandman (1974).
- Deadshot (Batman #50, Jun 1950).
- King Faraday (Danger Trail #1, Jul 1950).
- Darwin Jones, Chris KL-99 (Strange Adventures #9, Aug. 1950).
- Killer Moth (Batman #63, Feb 1951).
- Captain Comet (Strange Adventures #9, Jun. 1951).
- Phantom Stranger (Phantom Stranger #1, Aug. 1952).
Rex, the Wonder Dog (Rex the Wonder Dog #1, Jan. 1953).
- Detective Chimp (Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4, Jan 1953).
- Space Cabbie (Mystery in Space #21, Aug. 1954).
Additionally, some Golden Age characters disappeared during the early Silver Age, but returned before it ended (c. 1986):
- Vigilante (1970, created in Action Comics #42, Nov. 41), along with the Dummy.
- Wildcat (1970, created in Sensation comics #1, Jan. 1942).
- TNT and Dan the Dyna-mite (1978, Star Spangled Comics #7, Apr. 1942).
So, there, that's the context in which the Elongated Man and his wife were originally created. He was the partner and best friend of the 50s version of a character from the 40s. Some people believe he was meant to be the silver age version of Plastic Man, a Golden Age character that as already property of DC by the time Ralph Dibny was created; however, Julius Schwartz always denied so.
- The Elongated Man and the Silver Age Timeline! - See what the Silver Age of DC Comics was all about ,event by event, in chronoogical order.
- Part I: Pre-Classic (1947 - 1956).
- Part II: Classic (1956 - 1969).
- Part III: Post-Classic (1969 - 1973).
- The Elongated Man and the Bronze Age Timeline! (1973 - 1985).